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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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“In my capacity as the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, I continue to remind all that the celebration toward the East (versus orientem) is authorized by the rubrics of the missal, which specify the moments when the celebrant must turn toward the people. A particular authorization is, therefore, not needed to celebrate Mass facing the Lord.”
— Robert Cardinal Sarah, 23 May 2016

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Paul McCartney Likes Choir Music
published 4 September 2016 by Fr. David Friel

HIS IS A TIME for new beginnings in many facets of life. Among those things that start fresh in September, of course, is choir season.

Before you leap into practicing for fall Masses and—yes—for Advent and Christmas concerts, perhaps you are looking for something that will inspire you and your fellow singers to take up your art with renewed fervor.

I recently found such inspiration from an unlikely source. It appears that Sir Paul McCartney, the great Beatles singer-songwriter-guitarist, has a soft spot for choir music.

In his own words:

“I love to hear a choir. I love the humanity—to see the faces of real people devoting themselves to a piece of music. I like the teamwork. It makes me feel optimistic about the human race when I see them cooperating like that.” — Sir Paul McCartney

Choir singing is so human (in the best sense) for many reasons. For certain, the teamwork involved is extraordinary, and the unity achieved by a good choir can be very rewarding, for both listeners and singers.

I love McCartney’s phrase about people “devoting themselves to a piece of music.” As a singer or choir director, do you do that? Have you experienced the thrill of really devoting your time and energy to making a piece of music come alive?

As choir seasons around the globe begin, I wish each of you many blessings. May your music enrich the prayer of your fellow worshippers, and may be a source of nourishment for your own soul!

Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all you lands! Sing to the Lord; bless His name; announce His salvation, day after day! For great is the Lord and highly to be praised; awesome is He, beyond all gods. (Psalm 96)