13th Sunday after Pentecost (1st in September)

2017 August 31

“Having received Thy heavenly sacraments, O Lord, we beseech Thee that we may profit unto the increase of everlasting salvation…”

Thoughts That Enter A Choirmaster’s Mind

2017 August 30

A word about depression and discouragement.

John the Baptist and the Meaning of Marriage

2017 August 29

‘Til Death Do Us Part

Report • Summer Sacred Music Workshop 2017

2017 August 25

About 65 musicians attended the Summer Sacred Music Workshop III and the next annual workshop is already in planning!

Very Great Mischiefs Which Arise From The Use Of Polyphony By Religious Orders (1610)

2017 August 25

Fourth: musicians who beguile their way into religious orders are for the most part silly, idle, vacillating, vain, effeminate, and even vicious individuals.

Musical Resources • 12th Sunday after Pentecost

2017 August 24

“…and it chanced that a certain priest went down the same way, and seeing him, passed by.”

Volunteer Choirs • Rehearsal “Tricks”

2017 August 22

Only two people in the whole school are forced to publicly demonstrate their work: the choirmaster and the coach.

Ministry of Consolation • A Case for Congregational Singing at Funerals

2017 August 21

“If you, the bereaved, cannot give voice to your grief in this moment, we shall do it for you.”

What Do Catholic Teenagers Sing?

2017 August 20

A lesson in presumptions and realities

PDF Download • “O Esca Viatorum”

2017 August 18

I am deeply saddened that some people still don't know where these items are located.

Musical Resources • 11th Sunday after Pentecost

2017 August 18

“After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles.”

Ordo Missæ from “People’s Mass Book” (1964)

2017 August 14

Two words come to mind: inexplicable and bizarre.

Tenth Anniversary Celebration • “Summorum Pontificum”

2017 August 13

A Solemn Pontifical Mass will be offered in Philadelphia on September 14, 2017

“That’s not Eucharistic” • Why We Sing the Communion Antiphons

2017 August 11

What does the Incarnation have to do with the Communion Procession? A great deal.

Learn From Children Choristers

2017 August 10

We church musicians are called to be more childlike than other musicians.

Musical Resources • 10th Sunday after Pentecost

2017 August 10

“At that time, Jesus spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves as just, and despised others…”

Fr. George Rutler Speaks Candidly On Church Music

2017 August 09

Many topics are broached: Pope Francis, contemporary church music, whether Christ had perfect pitch, and so forth.

Fr. Patrick T. Brannan, SJ • My Tribute

2017 August 08

The cardinal was informed by ICEL: “There is no doubt that Father Brannan knows his Latin and Greek; but does he know English?”

PDF Download • “Hymns Ancient & Modern”

2017 August 07

Including a magnificent hymn for two voices (“Rex Sempiterne”) appropriate throughout the entire liturgical year.

The Scandal and Allure of the Priesthood

2017 August 04

A Reflection on Priesthood by Archbishop Philip Tartaglia

Telephone Conversation w/ Faculty

2017 August 03

Re: 2017 Sacred Music Symposium

“Chanted Angelus” • Where does it come from?

2017 August 02

Did Dom Charpentier compose this chant? Really?

Chants for the Feast of the Transfiguration

2017 August 02

Never have I encountered so many typos in one feast!

Musical Resources • Feast of the Transfiguration

2017 August 02

“…and Who didst wonderfully foreshow the perfect adoption of Thy children by a voice coming down in a shining cloud…”

In Defense of the “Sistine Screamers”

2017 August 01

There are a few things I would like to point out in defense of their old choral approach.