Sacred Music Colloquium XXV — Update II

2015 June 30

Report on the second day of the Sacred Music Colloquium in Pittsburgh

Sacred Music Colloquium XXV — Update I

2015 June 29

Report on the first day of the Sacred Music Colloquium in Pittsburgh

In Memoriam: Dr. Lucy E. Carroll, DMA

2015 June 28

Lucy was a friend and mentor to me, and I would like to share with you a little bit of her story.

Loading Choir Binders In Los Angeles

2015 June 28

I average one binder per second.

Rebuild my Church

2015 June 27

The Maternal Heart of Mary Church is a collegiate style church in Sydney, Australia and home to the only FSSP parish in the country.

Why It is Truly Right and Just to Sing the Preface

2015 June 26

Like the Creed, the Preface is a unique place in the Mass where dogma of the Church is expressed. Furthermore, it expresses thanksgiving for the work of salvation.

Musical Resources • 5th Sunday after Pentecost (Extraordinary Form)

2015 June 26

The organist will play softly at the Offertory.

Surprised By Beauty

2015 June 25

It had been over a decade since I had set foot in St. John Cantius—enough time to forget that one never can tell what beautiful surprise awaits unsuspecting visitors.

Sacred Music Colloquium XXV — Pittsburgh

2015 June 25

Stay tuned for daily reports on the CMAA Sacred Music Colloquium next week

Clearest Explanation Ever! —Bishop Gracida On Divorce & Remarriage For Catholics

2015 June 24

“It is better to speak of a Declaration of Nullity rather than an Annulment…” —Most Rev. Gracida (1994)

PDF Download • “Gloria In Excelsis” With 3-Voice Polyphony By Cristóbal De Morales

2015 June 24

Could this have something to do with how each line comes through “cleanly” in 3-part music?

Richard Rice • SATB Kyrie from Mass VIII

2015 June 22

A luxuriant choral setting of the Kyrie from “Mass of the Angels”

EWTN Classic • “Theology of Worship” with Fr. Robert Skeris (1998)

2015 June 22

Mother Angelica sat down for a wonderful interview with a famous Theologian.

Is the 1998 ICEL Missal Translation Worth Another Look?

2015 June 21

When reading certain publications, one gets the sense that every Catholic in the world is up-in-arms about the present translation.

Musical Resources • 4th Sunday after Pentecost (Extraordinary Form)

2015 June 21

The organist will play softly at the Offertory.

Wrapped in the Liber Usualis

2015 June 20

A scarf adorned with pages from the Liber Usualis. Why not?

Bigger Fish to Fry

2015 June 19

Weddings, with all of their challenges offer an important chance to evangelize. God calls us to be fishers of women and men. That’s the most important catch of all.

“Battles” in the Church (Part 2 of 2)

2015 June 18

2 "Liturgical Battles" that should not be fought

SATB “Agnus Dei” by Verdelot with Rehearsal Videos

2015 June 17

Who wouldn't welcome a brief-but-beautiful piece like this?

A Musical Diet

2015 June 17

I realize what I propose seems like moving forward at a snail's pace, but considering how long the average parishioner has been in the liturgical and musical desert, anything more would cause the musical equivalent of refeeding syndrome.

Does Having Children Preclude Service As A Catholic Musician?

2015 June 17

Here are some thoughts, but I can't promise they make sense.

Top Six Liturgical Quotes By Robert Cardinal Sarah

2015 June 16

Is the “Reform of the Reform” dead? Bishop Serratelli and many others disagree!

OFFERTORY: Chant Propers in Three Parts for Sundays & Feasts

2015 June 14

Exciting New Collection of Simple English Propers!

Optimists & Pessimists

2015 June 13

There was a standard commonly accepted, so what was strange and of out of place felt that way.

BENEDICTA: Marian Chant from Norcia ~ Number 1 on the Billboard Charts

2015 June 12

Perhaps the recent commercial success of sacred music is indicative of humanity's natural hunger for transcendent union with the Divine.

Musical Resources • External Solemnity of the Sacred Heart (1962 Missal)

2015 June 12

Some EF communities will celebrate the “External Solemnity” of the Most Sacred Heart on Sunday.

“Battles” in the Church (Part 1 of 2)

2015 June 11

3 common "Liturgical Battles" that we see in the Church nowadays

Video • “Three Approaches To A Catholic Hymn”

2015 June 10

Including a special version of the “Tantum Ergo” by Fr. Adrian Fortescue.

Solesmes Monastery & Latin Accents

2015 June 10

I suspect that in a long melisma it's hard to know “where you are”…

Musical Green Eggs and Ham

2015 June 09

Considering the great gift Mother Teresa had been to the world, I had to wonder why her sisters chose something as dubious as “Shepherd Me, O God” to be sung at her funeral?

PDF Download • “A Manual For Church Musicians” (1964) — 130 pages

2015 June 09

A generous reader sent me copies of this extremely rare book.

Video • Disrespect For God’s House

2015 June 09

Is Consecration by the words of Institution “de fide” ??

USCCB: “Revised Grail Psalter” Will Be Revised Again

2015 June 08

“I cannot understand why a private family can be made worldwide agent for the official prayers of the Church.” —Dr. Jerry Galipeau

Message From A “Traditional” Priest

2015 June 07

“Believe me we had some long offices back in those days.”

Musical Resources • 2nd Sunday after Pentecost (Extraordinary Form)

2015 June 07

Some EF communities will celebrate the “External Solemnity” of Corpus Christi today.

On This Day . . . In 1944

2015 June 06

Soldiers attending Mass during World War II.

A hymnal in e-book format

2015 June 06

100 pieces of Gregorian chant to carry around in your pocket, with English translations.

Dancing on the Edge with Truth and Beauty

2015 June 05

"I encourage you to make music at the highest levels possible in your parishes. Our people deserve it and our God is worthy of the highest forms of praise." -- John Romeri

Eerie Silence After Cardinal Sarah’s Testimony

2015 June 05

Cardinal Sarah has committed an “unforgivable sin” in the opinion of progressive liturgists.

Sacra Liturgia 2015 — Update IV

2015 June 04

“To refer to the priest as ‘presider’ surely does damage to his priestly identity.” — Rev. Richard Cipolla

Papal Master of Ceremonies on receiving Communion

2015 June 04

Reflection of Msgr. Guido Marini, Papal Master of Ceremonies, on receiving communion on the tongue and while kneeling.

Order of Worship • “Mass VIII” — High Resolution Images

2015 June 04

It seems many wish to include Mass VIII in their program booklets.

Sacra Liturgia 2015 — Update III

2015 June 03

“Sacrosanctum Concilium” must not be read in isolation. It should, rather, be read in the light of the liturgical movement that preceded it and the liturgical documents that followed it.

Finding A Liturgical Context

2015 June 03

A very important article recently appeared in the Adoremus Bulletin.

Sacra Liturgia 2015 — Update II

2015 June 03

Fourteen (14) practical ideas for how a priest might transform his celebration of the Ordinary Form

“Lauda Sion” • Rehearsal Video With Translation By Saint Robert Southwell, Jesuit Martyr

2015 June 02

Many of the big publishing companies skip the Corpus Christi Sequence—they literally leave it blank.

Sacra Liturgia 2015 — Update I

2015 June 01

Cardinal Sarah reveals the instructions he received from Pope Francis upon his appointment as Prefect of the CDW.

Easy 3 part motet for the Sacred Heart of Jesus

2015 June 01

A short 20th century motet by Fr Tom Luby, MSC with practice audio recordings.

GIA Publications: “Painful Blessing Of A New Sensitivity”

2015 June 01

I really don't “get” the lyrics in Catholic hymnals by the major publishers.