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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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Essentially the Missal of St. Pius V is the Gregorian Sacramentary; that again is formed from the Gelasian book which depends on the Leonine collection. We find the prayers of our Canon in the treatise “De Sacramentis” and allusions to it in the 4th century. So our Mass goes back, without essential change, to the age when it first developed out of the oldest liturgy of all. It is still redolent of that liturgy, of the days when Caesar ruled the world and thought he could stamp out the faith of Christ, when our fathers met together before dawn and sang a hymn to Christ as to a God. The final result of our enquiry is that, in spite of unsolved problems, in spite of later changes, there is not in Christendom another rite so venerable as ours.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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]