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Richard J. Clark has served since 1989 as Music Director and Organist at Saint Cecilia Church in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also Chapel Organist (Saint Mary’s Chapel) at Boston College. For the Archdiocese of Boston, he directed the Office of Divine Worship Saint Cecilia Schola. His compositions have been performed on four continents.
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“The free space which the new order of Mass gives to creativity it must be admitted, is often excessively enlarged. The difference between the liturgy with the new liturgical books, as it is actually practiced and celebrated in various places is often much greater than the difference between the old and new liturgies when celebrated according to the rubrics of the liturgical books.”
— Cardinal Ratzinger (1998)

Christmas Season and the New Year
published 2 January 2015 by Richard J. Clark

HE NEW YEAR appropriately coincides with the Christmas Season that we continue to celebrate. Many don’t fully appreciate that most Church musicians are busier than ever as the Christmas season progresses. It doesn’t end on Christmas Eve. It also makes being with family a challenge all while it is a priority. What we do, we do in service to our own family and to others’.

I’m not one to make resolutions, but I do view the new year with some renewed energy. Most importantly, I hope to have a better perspective in prioritizing my time with family. I’ve said many times, this is a profession that is in fact, unfriendly to families, i.e., working all weekend long, nights, holidays, low pay, etc. Yet we persist through an act of will as much as an act of loving service.

This coming year, I hope to announce a few new projects, publications, and compositions. In addition to following this on “Views from the Choir Loft” you can follow such developments on RJC Cecilia Music. I’ve also recently launched the Facebook page here.

S WE CONTINUE THE CHRISTMAS SEASON, here are two meditations, the first, Light Upon the World, based on John 1:9: “The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.” Although it was never composed for the liturgy, this piece was originally written in 1989 when I was nineteen years old. There have been many different arrangements over the years. This version quotes the Introit for Christmas Day, Puer natus est nobis.

SECONDLY, IF YOU NEED A LAST MINUTE COMMUNION PROPER for Epiphany, here is a free download once again:

      * *  Free Download:
PDFVidimus stellam | Communion Antiphon | Epiphany of the Lord | for Schola, SATB, Organ
I had some requests for an audio sample. Here’s a demo I threw together quickly. I used the piano instead of the organ as I’ve been traveling:
      * *  YouTube:  Rehearsal DEMO [video]