Tag Archives: Music

Corpus Christi 2019

Happy Feast Day! Sion, lift thy voice and sing; Praise thy Savior and thy King; Praise with hymns thy Shepherd true. Strive thy best to praise Him well, Yet doth He all praise excel; None can ever reach His due. … Continue reading

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Gestures during the Gloria

Continuing a theme I’ve recently been addressing here, we may consider other ways that the richness of our Catholic liturgical tradition as handed down to us in the Extraordinary Form of the liturgy may be brought to bear on our … Continue reading

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Mary’s Praises Sung through the Seasons

Each day, a priest ideally both celebrates Holy Mass (not an obligation) and also the canonical hours of the Liturgy of the Hours, also known as the Divine Office (an obligation). Thus, typically, the last liturgical thing he does each … Continue reading

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A New Pipe Organ

Yesterday, following upon the organ builder’s social media posting, we announced on my parish’s social media (here, here) about the contract we recently signed on a new pipe organ with the Noack Organ Co. of Georgetown, Massachusetts. The new instrument … Continue reading

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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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