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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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“Urban VIII appointed four Jesuits to reform the hymns, so that they should no longer offend Renaissance ears. These four, in that faithful obedience to the Holy See which is the glory of their Society, with a patient care that one cannot help admiring, set to work to destroy every hymn in the office.”
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1916)

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Do My Eyes Deceive Me?
published 30 June 2016 by Lucas Tappan

389 popes ESTERDAY I THOUGHT ABOUT and prayed a lot for our Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, on the 65th anniversary of his ordination to the Holy Priesthood. I was especially pleased to see that Pope Francis invited him to the Sala Clementini for a special commemoration the day before, at which time our former Holy Father was treated to wonderful choral music sung by the Sistine Chapel Choir (which has improved in the last couple of years beyond all belief).

However, I couldn’t believe my eyes as I watched Msgr. Palombella directing from what looked like some kind of an iPad or tablet. I have often told my choir members that before I die they will more than likely be singing from music displayed on some form of a tablet (which would make passing out and collecting music so much easier), but I did not think I would see the Capella Sistina blazing the trail!