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Benedict XVI on Music, Liturgy, John Paul II

Our pope emeritus, Benedict XVI, gave a speech yesterday at Castelgandolfo (the papal summer residence), where he received doctorates honoris causa from two Polish universities. Even though he has gone on record saying that he would not write any more theological … Continue reading

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Tríbue, Dómine

I had the good fortune of attending a concert by the world-renowned Tallis Scholars tonight, right here in Birmingham, Alabama. It was wonderful. The final piece on the program was entitled “Tríbue, Dómime”, and is a prayer attributed to St. Augustine … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

A very Merry Christmas to all readers of my blog! I will remember you in my prayers at my Masses tomorrow. Please pray for me also. Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see: Hail, th’ incarnate Deity! Pleased, as man, with … Continue reading

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Did Mary Know?

It’s the time of the year when we’re starting to hear Christmas music every day, actively (because we put it on) or passively (because practically every store, and several radio stations, have it playing). And that means we’re going to … Continue reading

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Pentecost Sunday Dismissal

This coming Sunday, with the celebration of the Feast of Pentecost, marks the end of the Easter Season. And for that reason, for the Mass for Pentecost it is indicated in the Missal that the dismissal should have the beautiful … Continue reading

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First Holy Communion

Congratulations to all whose family members and friends are making their First Holy Communion at this time of the year! I hope that it is a memorable and grace-filled experience for everyone! O sacred banquet! in which Christ is received, the memory … Continue reading

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Applause in Church

I remember during the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI, someone would come out before Mass began (in the Vatican) and instruct the congregation that there was to be no applause, please turn off cell phones, etc. etc. I’m not sure if … Continue reading

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Handel’s Messiah

This evening I took in a concert of Handel’s Messiah at the church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London. I enjoyed reading in the program this account of the success of its inaugural performance, in 1742: “Messiah was well received in Dublin. … Continue reading

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Exult! Rejoice!

Surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia! The Lord is truly risen, alleluia! I hope that many of you were able to participate in the Easter Vigil earlier in the evening and hear the beautiful chant, the Exsultet. Here is the Latin version as … Continue reading

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Good Friday

Come, sweet cross – this I desire to say –my Jesus, let me have it always!Should my suffering ever prove too great,you will help me to bear it. – Aria “Komm, süßes Kreuz” from Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” Today – one of only … Continue reading

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Something for Friday

Today is one of those days that has gotten away from me, and things won’t be changing much in that regard this afternoon. Although I should have some interesting things to say and hopefully a photo or three to share later … Continue reading

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A Hymn for St. Patrick’s Day

Here is a very beautiful hymn, based upon the text of St. Patrick’s Breastplate. We often sing it during Cathedral liturgies in the Diocese of Birmingham. Just hearing this recording brings back to my mind many consoling memories.  Let’s remember … Continue reading

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