[quote="ByzCathCantor, post:13, topic:296813"]
We certainly try, and it is at the heart of our liturgical tradition, but not all congregations are singing congregations at all times.
It takes energy, passion and commitment to get there, from pastor and lay music ministers alike.
We have taken several approaches to get people engaged again in chant, including a healthy, regular infusion of catechesis on chant and its use in the liturgy. Sometimes its as simple as showing somene how to open a hymnal. Other times, its dealing with other issues - people not trained in reading music, for example, especially those who came from other Churches where chant was used infrequently.
Ruthenians and other Greek Catholics (Orthodox too) have it easier in that chant is essential to liturgical worship, so it cannot be avoided.
I know from our encounters here and elsewhere that you have a very gifted ear for sacred music. That gift in and of itself, when shared with others, can provide a spark for expansion of the music ministry at your parish and others.
I think going to a parish (a parish committed to singing the liturgy, and trying to project that angelic hymn (if I can say such) is important, then I think going to metropolitan cantor institute is important, too - of particular note, it's cantor companion guide (which is really detailed and involved)
The parish is so small (at least that's my limited perception, due to the limited time I've been in the Byzantine parish) we don't have much of a catechism program. I could be wrong, however.