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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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Why do we never sing “De Spiritu Sancto” (St. Athenogenes) in our churches? There are a dozen translations in English verse. Where could anyone find a better evening hymn than this, coming right down from the catacombs? Our hymnbooks know nothing of such a treasure as this, and give us pages of poor sentiment in doggerel lines by some tenth-rate modern versifier.
— Rev’d Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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03 • Lalemant Interviews: Dr. Edward Mulholland
published 10 May 2013 by Corpus Christi Watershed

ATERSHED CONTINUES in this third installment of the Lalemant Interviews, a series designed to bring about a greater awareness of the Mass Propers. Dr. Edward Mulholland of Benedictine College speaks about the Mass Propers and many other subjects.

      * *  Hear a brief sound clip excerpted from the interview

You can listen to the entire interview here:


R. EDWARD MULHOLLAND was born in the Bronx, New York. He earned his master’s degree in classics from the University of London, England, and received both a licentiate and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Dr. Mulholland was the first director of NCE (formerly known as American Consultants for Education, ACE) in 1995. From 1996-1998 he served as the head of the Humanities Department and the dean of the Journalism School at the Centro Universitario Francisco de Vitoria in Madrid, Spain. From 1998-2005, he was Professor of Philosophy at Our Lady of Thornwood Education and Training Center in Thornwood, New York and Professor of Classical Languages at the Center of Humanities in Cheshire, Connecticut. He served as Chair of Catholic Formation at Pinecrest Academy in Cumming, GA from 2005-2011, and is currently Asst. Professor of Classical and Modern languages at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS, where he lives with his bride Valerie and their six children.

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.