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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 a doctorate in liturgical theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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Essentially the Missal of St. Pius V is the Gregorian Sacramentary; that again is formed from the Gelasian book which depends on the Leonine collection. We find the prayers of our Canon in the treatise “De Sacramentis” and allusions to it in the 4th century. So our Mass goes back, without essential change, to the age when it first developed out of the oldest liturgy of all. It is still redolent of that liturgy, of the days when Caesar ruled the world and thought he could stamp out the faith of Christ, when our fathers met together before dawn and sang a hymn to Christ as to a God. The final result of our enquiry is that, in spite of unsolved problems, in spite of later changes, there is not in Christendom another rite so venerable as ours.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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Sacred Music Camp in Allentown, NJ
published 16 June 2018 by Fr. David Friel

ET ANOTHER opportunity for young people to learn sacred music this summer in the United States has been announced. In addition to the annual chant camp in San Diego (which has spread to the Bay Area), we highlighted last week the inaugural Cantate Domino Festival in Philadelphia. Today, we pass on the happy news that a new Sacred Music Camp will be hosted by St. John the Baptist Church in Allentown, NJ.

This will be a three day event, running from 10 AM to 2 PM, August 14–16, 2018. The camp will conclude with Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 7 PM on August 16.

Sacred Music Camp is open to students in grades 3 through 12. Children with and without experience in Gregorian chant are welcome. Participants will learn to read chant notation, and they will receive training in vocal technique and musicianship.

Instructors will include Peter Carter and Lauren Walters, who serve as director of sacred music and coordinator of religious education, respectively, at St. John the Baptist Church in Allentown, NJ. Last fall, the parish hosted a workshop to introduce non-musicians to important themes in sacred music.

Online registration for Sacred Music Camp is available here.