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Dr. Lucas Tappan is a conductor and organist whose specialty is working with children. He lives in Kansas with his wife and two sons.
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A second class of tunes—which can also be said with certainty to fall under the profane—are those which are written in the style of secular songs and which, if heard without the words, would be recognized only as such. In these, as a rule, the devotional gives way to the sentimental, cheerfulness to levity and oftentimes vulgarity, while not even an attempt is made to give a serious or dignified musical expression to the sentiments embodied in the words of the hymn. Not the least objectionable feature of some of these tunes is a jingling piano accompaniment quite unsuited to the church organ.
— Preface to a Roman Catholic Hymnal (1896)

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Candles for Candlemas
published 5 February 2016 by Lucas Tappan

LMT Candlemas FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION is a special for me because as the traditional end to the Christmas season, it allows me to celebrate Christmas and the gift of the Incarnation a little longer than secular society (although my Christmas tree didn’t make it this year).

This year marked the first time during my tenure that our parish and school held the traditional blessing of candles on this feast day, which is why the day is also called Candlemas. I was struck by the fact that the simple act of blessing and lighting candles has kept bringing the Mass back to my mind throughout the week. It is another proof to me of why signs and symbols (the Sacraments being the ultimate ones) are so important to our Faith. Plus what school child doesn’t enjoy a little fire early in the school day!