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Dr. Lucas Tappan is a conductor and organist whose specialty is working with children. He lives in Kansas with his wife and two sons.
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“Although the Mass contains much instruction for the faithful, it has nevertheless not seemed expedient to the fathers that it be celebrated everywhere in the vernacular. The holy synod commands pastors and everyone who has the care of souls to explain frequently during the celebration of the Masses, either themselves or through others, some of the things that are read in the Mass, and among other things to expound some mystery of this most Holy Sacrifice, especially on Sundays and feastdays.”
— Council of Trent, XII:8 (1562)

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“Meet Me In St. Louis”
published 21 November 2017 by Lucas Tappan

HILE THE SUMMERS IN ST. LOUIS might be insufferable, the autumn weather often proves a treat. The colorful foliage and city skyline set against the Arch and the river delight the eye, although nothing so much as the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Perhaps I am biased, (having spent part of my youth in its shadow, if 30 miles is close enough to be considered “in the shadow”), but I consider this church the most beautiful Catholic edifice in these United States and am always happy to return. A few weeks ago I was able to make the pilgrimage again, only this time with a choir in tow, and thanks to the hospitality of the ever convivial Dr. Buchholz, our Schola Cantorum had a marvelous time.

Jeff O. recently asked if directors take pictures of their choirs and I can’t say that I do, but thankfully others did and one parent even recorded several pieces with his iPhone. I thought I would share those with you today and I hope you enjoy!

    * *  Exultate Deo • A. Scarlatti (1660-1725)

    * *  Ave Maria • C. Wulke (b. 1989)

    * *  Te Deum in C • C. V. Stanford (1852-1924)

    * *  Postlude in D minor (Op. 105, no. 6) • C. V. Stanford (1852-1924)

(Played by John Deahl, my assistant)

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