Welcome to All Angel’s Abbey, a digital arm of St. Michael & All Angels in Portland, Oregon. I’m James, the assistant rector, and this is one of the ways we’re staying in touch with each other during these times when we can’t always sing and pray together in person. Plainsong chant has been part of my spiritual practice for the past fifteen years. Its an anglicized style of Gregorian chant with roots in the Jewish cantorial tradition, a precursor of the polyphonic renaissance, and long recommended by monastics for it’s ability to train the passions and direct the soul towards God in praise. In the Episcopal tradition, many use plainsong to chant the Daily Office, the services of psalmody, readings and prayer which mark the hours of each day with attention and devotion to God through Jesus by the power of the Spirit. In the menu above you will find links for a primer on how to chant and observe the Daily Office, in addition to Forward Movement’s Order of Service for any given moment of any given day, the latest and past broadcasts that I’ve recorded of the prayers, as well as meditations and other songs. May God’s peace be with you.