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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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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Composition Contest
2016 September 11 by Fr. David Friel

Submissions Sought by the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians


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World Library Publications has published settings of Communion propers for Advent and Christmas. Listen here to beautiful recordings directed by Paul French.


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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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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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The Phrasing of the Sanctus
2016 February 07 by Fr. David Friel

The Difference a Comma Makes


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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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Communion Antiphons for Lent • RCIA and Scripture
2016 January 08 by Richard J. Clark

Propers for Lent and their relationship with RCIA and the scriptures


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There is such richness in the scriptures we sing in Advent. This is the kind of thing I find exciting! I am grateful to have discussed the propers with Dr. Pascual, Director of Music at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.


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World Library Publications has published settings of Communion propers for Advent. Listen here to beautiful recordings directed by Paul French.


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Sacra Liturgia 2015 — Update II
2015 June 03 by Fr. David Friel

Fourteen (14) practical ideas for how a priest might transform his celebration of the Ordinary Form


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Why Should We Sing the Psalms at Mass?
2015 May 08 by Richard J. Clark

if we do not sing the antiphons proper to the day—and the corresponding Psalm verses—we risk having a narrow view of the Psalms.


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Taking the easy way out, relatively speaking
2015 May 02 by Veronica Brandt

Starting a collection of easier propers for the Extraordinary Form. A pair of Alleluias and two Offertory antiphons to start the ball rolling.


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Preparing Funeral Liturgies
2015 January 04 by Fr. David Friel

Who Should Pick the Readings?


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Scripture, Sacred Music, and the Actions of Our Lives
2014 December 26 by Richard J. Clark

Let’s not minimize the role of the psalms in the mass to the Responsorial! Plus a FREE download of the Epiphany Communion antiphon.


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Colloquium Friends & Chant Workshops
2014 November 16 by Fr. David Friel

“Adventus Dona” in the Diocese of San Diego


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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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Colloquium Update IV
2014 July 06 by Fr. David Friel

The Glories of A Single Proper


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On air discussion with Dr. Jennifer Pascual, Director of Music at St. Patrick’s Cathedral – the youth-propelled chant movement, the new economic model of publishing, and how these are reshaping the liturgical landscape…and broadcast of the “Mass in Honor of Pope Saint John Paul II”.


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While the pipe organ languishes in some places, it flourishes in others. There are three reasons why.


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Misereris omnium | Ash Wednesday Introit
2014 March 05 by Richard J. Clark

Few parishes are willing to sing Gregorian Introits for the Entrance Procession, but it is SIGNIFICANT that the very first Introit of Lent sings of God’s infinite MERCY.


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Preparing for Lent
2014 March 01 by Veronica Brandt

Renewing the adventure of exploring Gregorian chant by making recordings.


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Gregorian Propers at a Nuptial Mass in “Southie”?
2014 January 17 by Richard J. Clark

“Southie” is a section of Boston better known from the films “Good Will Hunting” and “The Departed.” It is also infamous for the convicted murderer and gangster, James “Whitey” Bulger. But, yes, glorious Gregorian Propers, polyphony, and hymnody at a Nuptial Mass in “Southie.”


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Improvising – and Praying – on the Propers
2014 January 10 by Richard J. Clark

A close friend, a priest once told me years ago something I’ve never forgotten. “The people don’t need to know what it is to understand it.” They will understand the prayer interiorly if not in words. Since hearing that, I have always thought it important to play and pray music related to a relevant text.


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Chris Mueller's Unique Voice in the Propers
2013 December 06 by Richard J. Clark

Chris Mueller has a very unique collection of Offertory Propers in English. He refers to them as “miniatures”, but each is unique revealing a depth of character that gives them lasting power.


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Chant Behind Bars
2013 December 01 by Fr. David Friel

Might Chant Scholas Flourish in Prisons?


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I have a challenge to the “Big Three” publishers. The propers are the new frontier of liturgical composition. I propose that they get ahead of the curve now.


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Saint Cecilia and Why the Word is Preeminent
2013 November 22 by Richard J. Clark

I confront a challenge most musicians of sacred music face: the battle between the Word and musical “feel.” From the Word, emanates a life: all that is love, all that is beauty, all that is sacrifice and service to God.


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Free Communion Propers for the Easter Season, Year C
2013 March 20 by Richard J. Clark

Free download of Communion Propers for the Easter Season, Year C


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