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Listening and Mission
2018 April 20 by Richard J. Clark

All that matters is God’s call of service—God’s agenda. This mission of service is primary. Service is a form of love.


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Good-hearted musicians amplify success musically, economically, and spiritually.


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“He is in every way a composer of Bach’s stature and accomplishment both technically and expressively.” ~ Scott Metcalfe


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Two Choral Works and Propers for Lent
2018 January 19 by Richard J. Clark

Chant-based works for Lent


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Msgr. Michael F. Groden’s Contribution to Sacred Music
2018 January 12 by Richard J. Clark

Quite curiously, the first full-time employee this developer and builder hired as pastor was a musician. A musician? Really? Yes.


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Discouragement and Hope
2017 December 15 by Richard J. Clark

Despite such a bleak picture, so many musicians remain faithful and loyal servants of the Church. This is hope.


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I’ve made this an essential part of concert preparation.
2017 December 01 by Richard J. Clark

I’m embarrassed to say, I feel I have only discovered this necessity recently.


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Unapologetically Roman Catholic in New York City
2017 November 24 by Richard J. Clark

They open the doors to people of all faiths and backgrounds. But they will celebrate the Eucharist, Adore the Blessed Sacrament, and administer the sacraments boldly out on the open for all to witness and experience.


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A Requiem on All Souls Day at St. Patrick's Cathedral
2017 October 27 by Richard J. Clark

This work is based on the Gregorian Chants of the Requiem Mass. It was directly inspired by the Requiem Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the 2012 Sacred Music Colloquium in Salt Lake City, Utah.


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Three Entrance Antiphons for the Celebration of Marriage
2017 October 06 by Richard J. Clark

Free Download: Three Entrance Antiphons For the Celebration of Marriage


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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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