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Father Gabriel Lalemant won the crown the martyrdom on 17 March 1649. The smallest and most delicate in health among all the Jesuit missionaries, he had in six months won, by his iron will and unwavering determination, a martyr's end, in companionship with the spiritual and physical giant of the missions, Jean de Brébeuf.
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On leaving the Vatican after his abdication: “I was deeply moved. The cordiality of the farewell, also the tears of my collaborators. [His voice breaks with emotion.] On the roof of the Casa Bonus Pastor there was written in huge letters «Dio gliene renda merito» [“May God reward you”]. (The Pope weeps) I was really deeply moved. In any case, while I hovered overhead and began to hear the bells of Rome tolling, I knew that I could be thankful and my state of mind on the most profound level was gratitude.”
— Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (23 May 2016)

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06 • Lalemant Conversations: Dr. Scott Smith
published 4 June 2013 by Corpus Christi Watershed

ATERSHED CONTINUES in this sixth installment of the Lalemant Conversations, a series designed to bring about a greater awareness of the Mass Propers.  Dr. Scott Smith speaks about many subjects, including his own conversion, the Integrated Humanities Program, the use of syncopation for Sacred music, and ragtime musical festivals.


THOSE DESIRING A BOOK with the complete Mass Propers in English ought to investigate the Lalemant Propers. Beautifully-bound and painstakingly-typeset, this 391-page book contains very simple Psalm Tone settings of the complete Roman Gradual as well as forty-five fully pointed Psalms. The Propers are notated note-by-note, making it possible for those without any musical training to instantly sing them. The entire collection can be downloaded here:

      * *  The Lalemant Propers (free download) 391 Pages [url]

To access all the Lalemant Interviews conducted so far, click here.