What Happened To Our Catholic Artists?

2015 March 31

From what I can tell, a trend toward *ugly* artwork in Church publications began in the late 1950s.

St. Paul's Choir School, Harvard Square, Boston

2015 March 30

Are you a priest, are you a music director? Perhaps God is calling YOU!

Is This Where It All Began?

2015 March 30

Why do so many traditional priests have an aversion to Pope Pius XII's revision of Holy Week?

Essential Resources for Holy Week

2015 March 29

Knowing What Is Needed

Musical Resources • Palm Sunday (1962)

2015 March 29

There are two ways to distribute palm branches in the Extraordinary Form.

Palm Sunday Outline • Extraordinary Form

2015 March 29

During the procession, all or some of the following selections may be sung…

Scales and counterpoint

2015 March 28

Two part choir exercises - one for every day of the year plus a few dozen to spare.

Five Things Directors and Choirs Must Remember This Week

2015 March 27

You may forever change the lives of someone you do not know in ways you will never know.

FSSP.la Choir Communiqué • 27 March 2015

2015 March 27

Probably Jeff's longest message so far, but super important.

“O Sacred Head Surrounded”

2015 March 26

An easier organ accompaniment, provided by Dr. Eugène Lapierre, teacher of Roger Wagner.

Diversity Of Thought

2015 March 26

When it comes to reforming the liturgy, they want “all voices heard.”

Video • Vocation Story Of Bishop Robert C. Morlino

2015 March 25

“Scranton is a very Catholic town. Every guy, growing up considered the priesthood.” —Bishop Morlino

FSSP.la Choir Communiqué • 25 March 2015

2015 March 25

Practice Videos for the Gloria have been posted.

Free PDF • Polyphonic Gloria With Practice Videos

2015 March 25

Uses Gregorian chant with polyphonic _Falsibordone_ by Caesare de Zachariis (†1594).

Do You Know The Hymn Of Saint Casimir?

2015 March 24

The *original* meter & rhyme scheme were miraculously kept in English, Polish, Greek, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hungarian!

Regensburger Domspatzen

2015 March 23

I would still love to see a choir of this quality in every major Catholic church in America.

Adoremus & the Way Forward

2015 March 22

Continuing the Work of Helen Hull Hitchcock

Musical Resources • 5th Sunday of Lent “Passion”

2015 March 22

The “Gloria Patri” is not said at the Introit from this day until Easter Sunday, except on Feasts.

Professional Recording • “Salve Festa Dies”

2015 March 21

Including a video demonstration: “What makes polyphony so beautiful?”

Video • “A House Divided”

2015 March 21

"We must not allow ourselves to become judgmental with our brothers and sisters who don't appreciate what we appreciate." —Archbishop Sample

St. Joseph, Fatherhood, and Inclusive Language

2015 March 20

This is a hot-button topic I should not touch with a 100-foot pole. But what is not at debate is the inclusive nature of the message of the Gospel.

Bertalot's 5 Wheels (Part 2 of 2)

2015 March 19

Steer the Car!

Are your Triduum booklets ready?

2015 March 19

Don’t be the Pharisees and scribes. Help people to pray and understand the music!

Garbage in, Garbage out

2015 March 18

"Lex orandi, lex credendi" works both ways.

Video • Nuns At Work (1965)

2015 March 18

“The Catholic nun works with zest and a sense of fun along with her devotion…”

Improve Your Parish Liturgy ... Instantly!

2015 March 17

Have you noticed the change in atmosphere when people dress fancy, as opposed to tank tops with jeans?

The Real Enemy: Mediocrity

2015 March 17

“Real liturgy is for daring hearts, not for uninspired mediocrities.” —Aurelio Porfiri

Hillary Clinton’s Emails & Mass Propers

2015 March 16

Are you confused yet? You ought to be!

Most Pure Heart of Mary Schola Cantorum To Sing At Papal Mass

2015 March 16

The Schola Cantorum will join the Sistine Chapel Choir, along with a number of other children choirs, to sing for Pope Francis' Mass on January 6.

Rare Video • Karol Cardinal Wojtyła In Cappa Magna

2015 March 16

Extraordinary footage of Pope St. John Paul II wearing the Cappa Magna.

FSSP.la Choir Communiqué • 15 March 2015

2015 March 15

Music for Laetare Sunday has been posted…at last!

The Future of the Pipe Organ

2015 March 15

“The manifold possibilities of the organ remind us of the immensity and the magnificence of God.” (Pope Benedict XVI)

Musical Resources • 4th Sunday of Lent “Laetare”

2015 March 14

The “Gloria in excelsis” is not said from Septuagesima Sunday until Easter, except on Holy Thursday, Holy Saturday, & some special feasts.

Gems in Latin and English

2015 March 14

Five books providing our treasured Latin hymns with English translations to help you sing with understanding.

Simply Stunning | Sacred Music of Paul Jernberg

2015 March 13

A simply stunning "Salve Regina" and the "Mass of Saint Philip Neri"

Bertalot's 5 Wheels (Part 1 of 2)

2015 March 12

I have personally reached the point where I am not willing to compromise on this issue with my choristers.

Video • “How to Love that boring Latin Mass”

2015 March 12

Don't change the Mass, let the Mass change you.

Pope Francis & Tomfoolery From The “LA Times”

2015 March 12

When questioned about the Traditional Latin Mass, here’s what Pope Francis ought to respond…

Brief Recording • Newest Choir In Los Angeles

2015 March 11

We have been able to establish a choir, even though our FSSP parish is still in its infancy.

Six Things To Know About USCCB Hymn Approval

2015 March 10

It's no secret. Anyone who’s been in Church music realizes what happens in 99% of Catholic parishes.

Cardinal Sarah’s Liturgical Bombshell

2015 March 09

Pressure will be brought to have him walk back his statements, but I don't believe he will.

Video • “Different Types Of Catholics”

2015 March 09

Can you see yourself?

Most Pure Heart of Mary Schola Cantorum

2015 March 09

This fall, Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic School in Kansas will become the third Catholic Choir School in the United States.

The Problem of Beauty

2015 March 08

An Intriguing Argument for the Existence of God

Musical Resources • 3rd Sunday of Lent

2015 March 08

The “Gloria in excelsis” is not said from Septuagesima Sunday until Easter, except on Holy Thursday, Holy Saturday, & some special feasts.

A Homely Slant on Bertalot's Sight-Singing

2015 March 07

Is sight-singing only for elite choirs? Do you need fancy resources?

Pope Francis and “recovering the allure of beauty”

2015 March 06

If the priest is “excessively” focused on the rubrics "...I do not enter into the mystery” “...if I am a showman, the protagonist” of the Mass, “then I do not enter into the mystery” either.

FSSP.la Choir Communiqué • 5 March 2015

2015 March 05

I will post the upcoming music as soon as I can.

Is your Congregation Ready?

2015 March 05

One of the ways to help the congregation to enter into prayer during the Sacred Triduum is through catechesis.

Permission Needed to Replace the Propers?—(7 of 7)

2015 March 03

We should be more and more convinced that the Propers are “healthier” than alternative songs…

PDF Download • 1895 “Liber Responsorialis” by Solesmes Abbey

2015 March 03

This free PDF was provided courtesy of the St. Jean de Lalande Library of Rare Books.

PDF Download: “67 Hymns” Arranged & Translated by Rev. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

2015 March 02

I cannot help but think of this hymn collection as his greatest masterpiece.

The Great Secret

2015 March 02

Oh, what would it be like to give my choristers a new motet and then lift my hands and go? Oh wait, we already do that.

A Flawed Translation Of Ritus Servandus?

2015 March 02

Why are the words “ad orientem” never translated?

Stuff Choir Directors Say

2015 March 02

I've discovered how traumatizing it can be when somebody impersonates you.

Coolest Picture Of All Time?

2015 March 01

Polish Anti-Communist “Army of Independence” in May of 1949.

Basking in Beauty's Glow

2015 March 01

Taking the Time to Ponder

Permission Needed to Replace the Propers?—(6 of 7)

2015 March 01

The wife of a Church musician weighs in…