Podcast on Sacred Music
2017 May 14 by Fr. David Friel

An interview with the blog, “Seminarian Casual”


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What to Do with the “Fourth Option”
2017 March 19 by Fr. David Friel

A new Adoremus article explores how best to overthrow the tyranny of “alius cantus congruus.”


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New Collection of Propers from GIA
2016 October 02 by Fr. David Friel

The growing market for Mass propers is a sign of promise.


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Why Did Vatican II Happen?
2016 September 29 by Jeff Ostrowski

These might not constitute the most perfect way to assist at Mass, but they’re very nice (German) hymn tunes!


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Turning Off the Air Conditioning
2016 September 25 by Fr. David Friel

Taking Advantage of the Natural Beauty that Surrounds Us


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Catastrophic Results of USCCB “Interpretation”
2016 September 20 by Jeff Ostrowski

“Peace, peace, peace on earth; peace to God’s people, all people on earth.”


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Composition Contest
2016 September 11 by Fr. David Friel

Submissions Sought by the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians


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A Different Kind of World Youth Day
2016 August 07 by Fr. David Friel

Sacred Music Helped to Transform Tauron Arena Kraków into a House of Prayer


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Does Your Bishop Enforce The GIRM?
2016 August 01 by Jeff Ostrowski

They will assume—and why shouldn’t they?—that “approved by the USCCB” applies to the hymns and songs…


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Instruction on Sacred Music by Bishop John Doerfler
2016 April 24 by Fr. David Friel

Introducing a Five-Year Plan for the Future of Sacred Music in the Diocese of Marquette


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Too many columnists focus endlessly on minutiae while leaving untouched a crucial issue.


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A Church Music Issue Nobody Will Touch
2016 March 21 by Jeff Ostrowski

Numerous articles have been written about Cardinal Sarah’s “foot washing” communique.


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Is this “tacit” approval really “imaginary” approval?


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Too Many Options
2016 January 31 by Fr. David Friel

Allowing Adolescents to Choose Their Faith & the Wide-Open Permissions of the GIRM


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The difference between Anything and Everything.
2015 May 09 by Veronica Brandt

Where free choice can lead to chaos or paralysis.


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Liturgical Silence—But Not What You Think!
2015 April 29 by Jeff Ostrowski

When I was young, I would have tried to argue.


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A Criticism & Good News
2015 April 26 by Fr. David Friel

Another Look at Fr. Weber’s “The Proper of the Mass”


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The Next Big Thing Is Here


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Nixon, Watergate, & Singing The Mass Propers
2015 April 13 by Jeff Ostrowski

Ehrlichman, Haldeman, Dean, Nixon, and others made tons of money writing and speaking about Watergate.


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Hillary Clinton’s Emails & Mass Propers
2015 March 16 by Jeff Ostrowski

Are you confused yet? You ought to be!


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Six Things To Know About USCCB Hymn Approval
2015 March 10 by Jeff Ostrowski

It’s no secret. Anyone who’s been in Church music realizes what happens in 99% of Catholic parishes.


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Permission Needed to Replace the Propers?—(7 of 7)
2015 March 03 by Aurelio Porfiri

We should be more and more convinced that the Propers are “healthier” than alternative songs…


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Permission Needed to Replace the Propers?—(6 of 7)
2015 March 01 by Cynthia Ostrowski

The wife of a Church musician weighs in…


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Permission Needed to Replace the Propers?—(4 of 7)
2015 February 24 by Lucas Tappan

This year one, a seminarian from our parish is being ordained. He requested that we sing the Propers for his first Mass.


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Permission Needed to Replace the Propers?—(3 of 7)
2015 February 21 by Andrew Leung

When the GIRM says “four options”, they really mean four preferences…


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Permission Needed to Replace the Propers?—(2 of 7)
2015 February 21 by Veronica Brandt

How modernism effects music and babies. And how UNICEF is like the Catholic Church.


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Bishops Care When Their Names Are “Tacitly” Used
2015 February 16 by Jeff Ostrowski

The current GIRM never mentions “tacit” approval.


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“After six months and 70+ letters, I received a letter from the chairman of Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy.” —Dan Craig


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Offertory processions in the 1940s? Really?


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Preparing Funeral Liturgies
2015 January 04 by Fr. David Friel

Who Should Pick the Readings?


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Sound the Bell of Holy Freedom
2014 December 07 by Fr. David Friel

Hymn for the World Meeting of Families 2015


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The Society for Catholic Liturgy
2014 October 12 by Fr. David Friel

Two Contributions from CCW Bloggers


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Some Thoughts On "Englishing" Gregorian Chant
2014 August 12 by Jeff Ostrowski

But why bring up this subject at all, when probably 95% of Catholic priests have no familiarity with Gregorian chant?


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Mass Propers In English
2014 August 11 by Jeff Ostrowski

Roosevelt was President while paralyzed. Churchill gave speeches but couldn’t pronounce “S” correctly. Surely, then, we can implement the Mass Propers with these 11 collections!


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Vatican II wanted more Scripture in the Mass, but somehow the reformers missed that memo.


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If Pope Pius V or Gregory the Great were to come back, they ought to see that the Mass after Vatican II has substantially remained the same.” — Secretary of the Consilium


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Colloquium Update IV
2014 July 06 by Fr. David Friel

The Glories of A Single Proper


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“Recent research … has made it clear that the antiphons of the Order of Mass were never intended to be sung.” — Bishop Donald Trautman (2007)


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The Vatican II Hymnal • Old Website
2014 June 01 by Corpus Christi Watershed

The Vatican II Hymnal Website will continue to house free online hymns.


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Laudate Dominum Communion Antiphons
2014 May 28 by Andrew R. Motyka

A full set of free English settings of the Communion antiphons for cantor, organ, and congregation.


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Are there concrete reasons to prefer the ancient texts from the Roman Gradual? Short answer: Yes!


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SAMPLE PAGES • Jogues Illuminated Missal
2014 May 21 by Corpus Christi Watershed

These Mass texts are “3L” : Large, Lovely, Legible … silly sounding, but true!


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A book which Bugnini called the “precursor” to the Simple Gradual is now online!


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Simple English Propers Practice Videos
2014 May 19 by Corpus Christi Watershed

When all is said and done, we hope to have a complete index of all SEP practice videos.


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Are Hymns Boring?
2014 April 06 by Jeff Ostrowski

I love hymns … sung properly, that is!


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In essence, Jungmann is saying, “I’ve decided that each Mass has a theme, and if the ancient Propers don’t match it, they’ve been wrong for 1600 years.”


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Does This Cartoon Sound Rude?
2014 January 14 by Jeff Ostrowski

The intention is to get people thinking about why we substitute our own choices for the texts assigned by the Church at Entrance, Offertory, & Communion.


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"Ministerial Creativity" by Bishop Donald Trautman
2013 December 19 by Jeff Ostrowski

“In the United States we have a very healthy understanding of liturgy. We know something about liturgy, and I think we’re doing it rather well.” — Bishop Trautman (October 2005)


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The G.I.R.M. Mentions "Hymnus" Only Once …
2013 December 03 by Jeff Ostrowski

Ironically, that’s the spot you’re least likely to hear a hymn at Mass!


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What's So Great About The Mass Propers?
2013 November 05 by Jeff Ostrowski

“If the world is progressing intellectually, should not the existence of God have been defined in the 1st century and the nature of the Trinity in the 19th?” — Fulton J. Sheen


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Replacing the Entrance Chant With A Hymn Or Song?
2013 October 15 by Jeff Ostrowski

This short video might annoy your friends … yet it just might get us thinking!


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“This is not to say that prayers in strophic form cannot be uttered with a prayerful mentality.” — Professor László Dobszay


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No Salvation From Decrees (3 of 3)
2013 September 23 by Jeff Ostrowski

Fr. Georg May was a superb Canon lawyer and faithfully heard Confessions every Saturday … even during the tumultuous years following the Second Vatican Council.


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Graduale Simplex, Archbishop Bugnini, And More
2013 September 10 by Jeff Ostrowski

I’m reminded of my years as a high school teacher. There were always 5-6 parents who had too much time on their hands, and they pestered the administration for changes.


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Hymns: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know (2 of 2)
2012 March 15 by Jeff Ostrowski

PART 2: How do hymns fit into the Catholic Mass ?


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Hymns: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know (1 of 2)
2012 March 15 by Jeff Ostrowski

PART 1: What is a Catholic “hymn” ?


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