Reflection from ‘Soul Institute’ Gift of praying in Tongues and Gregorian Music

I remember a music class that I had in the seminary. I remember the teacher giving us seminarians a new way of looking at the gift of tongues. He said that the theology of Gregorian chant is the same theology as the gift of tongues. In Gregorian chant one word such as Alleluia is divided up in such a way that each sound by itself make no sense on it own. However, it takes you into the presence of God.

We see this in the lives of the mystic, such as Theresa of Avila.  Theresa speaks about the gift of jubilation. Jubilation is a form of singing in tongues. The person is so in love with God that they no longer know what to say. They just let a new song spring from their hearts.

Why do lovers speak in a poetic way? A lover might say to his beloved, “Your eyes are like the ocean.” The lover speaks this way because normal words, or rational words would not capture his love for his beloved. It is the same way with the lover speaking to God. They are so in love with God that normal words no longer are adequate.

The person who prays in tongues is a lover. Rational words are not enough. They need words and sounds that the spirit gives them. Tongues is not irrational, it is trans rational. This means that praying in tongues is not opposed to reason. It is simply speaking at a higher level than the rational.

Tongues allow us to express the love in our hearts when words fail us. How many lovers say to their beloved, “I wish I had the words to express how much I Love You.”

One of the benefits of tongues is that it helps us greatly in our ability to praise God. I often ask people to praise God for a long as they can. Most people can only praise God for a few minutes. After a few minutes they run out of things to say. Their words fail them.

May we be the lovers that sing and praise the Lord from our hearts, with words that the Spirit gives to us.

Blessing Fr Stefan


4 thoughts on “Reflection from ‘Soul Institute’ Gift of praying in Tongues and Gregorian Music”

  1. How beautiful you put the praise to the Lord. or should I say, wonderful-glorious-just plain joy! I do want to be closer to my Lord. I want to be in another element as often as I can with Him, but alas I am not very often. I love your poems, and I also have the gift of writing, but now is not the time for me to do very much. I have other Martha type gifts that the Lord has trusted me with and I am trying to find time to do what I need to and time to do my hearts desire also. I am not complaining because I have been blessed with a large family, that loves the Lord. Children that are grown, and Children that are elderly parents. I say that love-nlly, 96 and 86 and from South Korea. I speak very () little Korean (almost none) and they speak about the same amount of English, but we have a common de-nominator; my husband that is. We have had them about 30 years now, so I guess we are a good fit. I do love my Lord, and I want to sing and dance with him. So funny this ole’wide woman dancing and singing, out of tune, because I cannot carry a tune. So I will go, and let you go. You are a blessing Father

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