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“When I introduce young minds to the beautiful heritage of Church music, it’s always amazing to see just how much they love the great music we have been given.” — John Robinson


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The liturgical battle over celebrating Mass “ad orientem” is insignificant at this time. Far more important is reverent liturgy and the proper implementation of Vatican II.


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


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


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The “Charism” of Saying “No”
2017 July 28 by Richard J. Clark

The ability to say “no” is an important gift of which much good can come, if used with wisdom, mercy, and kindness.


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“[T]he parish has seen an astonishing increase in Mass attendance and financial stewardship owing in large part to the addition of a weekly traditional Latin Missa Cantata, use of handcrafted Roman vestments, emphasis on sacred music…”


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Music and Discernment


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“Do not let anyone make you feel discouraged.”
2017 June 24 by Richard J. Clark

Made in God’s image? Really? That’s debatable from my all too human eyes. By the way, I’ve got huge planks in both of them.


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I forgot to tell them it’s supposed to be hard.
2017 June 09 by Richard J. Clark

It never occurred to him that this would be hard, or that he wouldn’t do well. He just thought it would be fun.


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Free download of an Introit for Holy Trinity (Years A&B). English text; SATB, organ, schola/cantor, and congregation.


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In the words of Kurt Cobain, “Here we are now, entertain us.” Sometimes, our jobs can feel this way. But church musicians have responsibilities that are anything but entertainment.


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Pastorally Imperative: They are all we have.
2017 May 26 by Richard J. Clark

To sing in prayer and with joy is pastorally imperative for they are all we have.


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The Older I Get…
2017 April 28 by Richard J. Clark

The older I get, the more I spend on these. If not, what good am I to the prayer of the people?


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The Dedication of a Church is a rare event in anyone’s lifetime.


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Descent into Hell and The Greatest Act of Love
2017 April 14 by Richard J. Clark

Read the words of John 3:16 again.


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Music has a way of describing the indescribable, of bringing to speech the ineffable. That is what our choirs must do this Holy Week.


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Pope Francis decreed Romero was martyred “in odium fidei” (“in hatred of the faith”). He was beatified in El Salvador on May 23, 2015.


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Not “What” but “Why” is Fascinating
2017 March 17 by Richard J. Clark

Some people are put off…Some are bored to tears. I am fascinated. Why?


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Pope Francis, Sacred Music, and the Biggest Stage
2017 March 10 by Richard J. Clark

Such musical exhortations are not new, but the tone and visibility are.


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“Sometimes a certain mediocrity, superficiality and banality have prevailed, to the detriment of the beauty and intensity of liturgical celebrations.”


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