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Aristotle A. Esguerra has served in the Diocese of Madison since 2009 as music director at the churches of St. Mary, Pine Bluff and St. Ignatius, Mount Horeb, and as the chant instructor to the Cistercian Nuns of Valley of Our Lady Monastery, Prairie du Sac.
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The People’s Hymnal suffers from a too literal and awkward translation. And even in the lovely Slovak “Memorare” in The Saint Gregory Hymnal we are still asked to sing “that anyone who sought thee, or made to thee his moan.” Why not “groan” or “bone” or even “phone?” The only thing necessary, it seems, is that it rhyme with “known.”
— Mons. Francis P. Schmitt (1958)

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Aristotle A. Esguerra
published 12 January 2013 by Aristotle A. Esguerra

RISTOTLE A. ESGUERRA has served in the Diocese of Madison since 2009 as music director at the churches of St. Mary, Pine Bluff and St. Ignatius, Mount Horeb, and as the chant instructor to the Cistercian Nuns of Valley of Our Lady Monastery, Prairie du Sac.

A passionate advocate of sung liturgy, he also serves as a cantor at the sung Masses celebrated by the Diocesan Vicar General — one of which is sung in Latin, the other in English. He has studied and sung Gregorian chant extensively since 2001, and its influence is reflected in his vernacular liturgical compositions for the Mass: ordinaries, responsorial psalms, and proper antiphons.


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