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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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Cardinal Sarah Visits The Monastery of Solesmes
published 23 November 2016 by Corpus Christi Watershed

OBERT CARDINAL SARAH currently serves Pope Francis as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. His Eminence visited the monastery of Solesmes toward the beginning of November:

The Monastery of Solesmes has shared the following:

    * *  PDF Download • Robert Cardinal Sarah (6 November 2016)

    * *  PDF Download • Robert Cardinal Sarah (13 November 2016)

A few decades ago, the monks of Solesmes moved away from the theories of Dom Mocquereau, experimenting with other theories. Recently, however—under Dom Bruno—the monastery has returned to the “classic Solesmes” approach. Indeed, their most recent major publication, the 2012 Gregorian Missal, preserves 100% of the original ictus markings placed by Dom Mocquereau circa 1908. Many monks praise God at the Abbey of Solesmes, including the son of Leo B. Bozell (a friend of William F. Buckley Jr. and founder of TRIUMPH, a Roman Catholic magazine).


Julia Garcia contributed to this article.