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Ordained in 2011, Father Friel served for five years as Parochial Vicar at St. Anselm Parish in Northeast Philly. He is currently studying toward an STL in sacred liturgy at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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The soul is distracted from that which is sung by a chant that is employed for the purpose of giving pleasure. But if the singer chant for the sake of devotion, he pays more attention to what he says, both because he lingers more thereon, and because, as Augustine remarks (Confess. x, 33), “each affection of our spirit, according to its variety, has its own appropriate measure in the voice, and singing, by some hidden correspondence wherewith it is stirred.” The same applies to the hearers, for even if some of them understand not what is sung, yet they understand why it is sung, namely, for God's glory: and this is enough to arouse their devotion.
— St. Thomas Aquinas

New Sacred Music Magazine — “Altare Dei”
published 27 October 2016 by Fr. David Friel

UST RELEASED is the first edition of Altare Dei, a new magazine devoted to liturgy and sacred music. This new effort has been conceived by Maestro Aurelio Porfiri, known by our readers as a past contributor to these pages. Porfiri’s experience as a choir master, conductor, organist, and music theorist has prepared him well to serve as editor of this new publication.

There is not an overwhelming number of journals and magazines in the field of liturgy and sacred music. Still, what makes Altare Dei different and worth reading?

1. The magazine will include such varied content as articles, interviews, profiles, editorials, and announcements about major concerts, conferences, etc.
2. Each issue will also include a substantial insert of new music. This first issue includes 6 original pieces from 4 different composers, a total of 12 pages of music. Altare Dei would be worth purchasing for this feature alone.
3. Articles will appear in English, but they will include, by translation, contributions from beyond the Anglophone world.
4. The cost of the magazine is just €6 (roughly $7 USD). There are, moreover, no shipping fees, as the content is available for instant download.

Altare Dei will be distributed strictly in digital format through the website of Choralife music publisher. It is envisioned that Altare Dei will appear as a bi-monthly magazine. The first issue is available now for download.

I am pleased to have an article featured in this first October 2016 edition. Among the other contributors are many familiar names in the fields of sacred liturgy & music:

David Fagerberg (theology professor, University of Notre Dame); Peter Kwasniewski (professor & choirmaster, Wyoming Catholic College); Colin Mawby (composer & former conductor of Westminster Cathedral choir); Serafino Tognetti, CFD (monk & writer); Sr. Rosa Goglia (philosopher); Valentino Miserachs (composer & choirmaster, Santa Maria Maggiore); Mauro Visconti (composer); Rodolfo Papa (art historian & painter)

Download this inaugural edition here, and see the excellent content for yourself!