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Richard J. Clark is the Director of Music of the Archdiocese of Boston and the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. He is also Chapel Organist (Saint Mary’s Chapel) at Boston College. His compositions have been performed worldwide.
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“In the 17th century came the crushing blow which destroyed the beauty of all Breviary hymns. Pope Urban VIII (d. 1644) was a Humanist. In a fatal moment he saw that the hymns do not all conform to the rules of classical prosody.”
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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Memorial of Pope Saint John Paul II
published 21 October 2016 by Richard J. Clark

CTOBER 22 is the Feast of Pope St. John Paul II. The optional memorial may be celebrated. Below are two resources to consider. One is a hymn tune introit by Kathleen Pluth that can be sung to any Long Meter tune.

The Lord chose him to be high priest.
And made His gifts in him increase.
He opened up His treasure store,
And made him rich forevermore.

(You can also order Pluth’s Hymn Tune Introits: Singing the Sundays of the Liturgical Year here.)

THE SECOND IS A FREE DOWNLOAD of the Mass in Honor of Pope Saint John Paul II. This is useful throughout the liturgical year.

DOWNLOAD Complete Score (2.3 MG):
PDF • Mass in Honor of Pope Saint John Paul II (for Schola, Organ, SATB)

DOWNLOAD Unison/Organist Edition:
PDF • Mass in Honor of Pope Saint John Paul II (for Schola, Organ)

SATB Recordings by the St. Cecilia Choir, Boston, MA, with the 1999 Smith & Gilbert Organ:

      YouTube:  Penitential Act C | Kyrie [video]
      YouTube:  Gloria [video]
      YouTube:  Sanctus [video]
      YouTube:  Memorial Acclamation A [video]
      YouTube:  Memorial Acclamation B [video]
      YouTube:  Memorial Acclamation C [video]
      YouTube:  Doxology, Amen [video]
      YouTube:  Agnus Dei [video]

IN 2003, POPE SAINT JOHN PAUL II gave the Chirograph for the Centenary of Tra le sollecitudini of Pope Saint Pius X. As Gregorian Chant was arguably “dead” during much of his pontificate, Pope Saint John Paul II’s strong words on Gregorian Chant, are therefore even more notable:

12. With regard to compositions of liturgical music, I make my own the “general rule” that St Pius X formulated in these words: “The more closely a composition for church approaches in its movement, inspiration and savour the Gregorian melodic form, the more sacred and liturgical it becomes; and the more out of harmony it is with that supreme model, the less worthy it is of the temple”. It is not, of course, a question of imitating Gregorian chant but rather of ensuring that new compositions are imbued with the same spirit that inspired and little by little came to shape it.

Soli Deo gloria