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Father Jean de Brébeuf was among the first missionaries to enter Huronia and among the last to leave. For years he was alone there. He underwent unspeakable suffering during his martyrdom, yet he uttered no cry. He only said, over and over, the following phrase: "Jesus, have mercy on us."
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“In all this mediaeval religious poetry there is much that we could not use now. Many of the hymns are quite bad, many are frigid compositions containing futile tricks, puns, misinterpreted quotations of Scripture, and twisted concepts, whose only point is their twist. But there is an amazing amount of beautiful poetry that we could still use. If we are to have vernacular hymns at all, why do we not have translations of the old ones?”
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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Catholic Composer Brian J. Nelson To Appear On EWTN
published 15 October 2013 by Corpus Christi Watershed

RIAN J. NELSON (biography), a Catholic composer and convert to the Faith living and working in Lawrence, Kansas will appear on The Journey Home program with host Marcus Brodi on Monday, November 4 at 7pm on EWTN to discuss his journey to the Catholic Church. Originally from a Methodist and then Evangelical background, Brian was received into full communion with the Catholic Church in the Jubilee Year 2000 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition in 2011 and currently works as the Director of Sacred Liturgy and Music at the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center. To date, his music is represented on two professional CDs (both widely available online):

1.   Responsorial Psalms for Advent and Christmas (Nelson Music 2009)

2.   Vocalise – Instrumental & Vocal Music of Brian J. Nelson (Nelson Music 2010)


Check out his website for lovely images, beautiful musical excerpts, and interesting blog posts:

      * *  Nelson Music Website • The official site for composer Brian J. Nelson