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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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“After the Second Vatican Council, the impression arose that the pope really could do anything in liturgical matters, especially if he were acting on the mandate of an ecumenical council. Eventually, the idea of the givenness of the liturgy, the fact that one cannot do with it what one will, faded from the public consciousness of the West.”
— Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

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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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