Fourth-Century Advice for Choir Directors
2019 February 02 by Fr. David Friel

A passage from Nicetas of Remesiana remains eminently applicable today.

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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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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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The Choir Isn’t Everything
2016 September 23 by Richard J. Clark

The priest’s musical role is enormously influential. This can not be emphasized enough.

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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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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 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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Exciting New Collection of Simple English Propers!

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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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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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Let This Holy Building Shake with Joy!
2015 April 10 by Richard J. Clark

Sometimes everything comes together. How is this achieved? Here are a few ways.

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Simply Stunning | Sacred Music of Paul Jernberg
2015 March 13 by Richard J. Clark

A simply stunning “Salve Regina” and the “Mass of Saint Philip Neri”

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Permission Needed to Replace the Propers?—(1 of 7)
2015 February 20 by Richard J. Clark

“Tacit approval” alone isn’t getting the job done. It is abdicating authority to composers and publishers, pastors and liturgists.

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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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Progressive Solemnity
2014 December 21 by Fr. David Friel

A Reverse Concept?

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But how many times have we heard: “We shouldn’t use that that because nobody can sing it.” This is a self-fulfilling prophecy, is it not?

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Can’t sing? Sing the dialogues!
2014 November 07 by Richard J. Clark

Reverence, prayer, and internal participation increased through this act of external participation.

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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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Silence is one of the most important sounds of the liturgy.

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If the ICEL chants (or another Gregorian setting) are used at all the masses in a parish, it develops unity. It also helps a parish refrain from being multiple communities under the same roof.

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Archbishop Sample's Letter on Sacred Music (5 of 8)
2014 June 20 by Richard J. Clark

The biggest problem in Roman Catholic liturgical music is the prevailing misunderstanding of its very purpose.

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Michael Olbash’s “Mass in Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Star of the Sea” demonstrates the mandate of Pope Saint Pius X that music for the liturgy be Sacred, Beautiful, and Universal.

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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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Mass in Honor of Pope Saint John Paul II
2014 April 27 by Richard J. Clark

FREE DOWNLOAD of the complete score AND recordings.

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Who Should Proclaim the Passion?
2014 April 13 by Fr. David Friel

The “Circular Letter Concerning the Preparation and Celebration of the Easter Feasts”

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Once the mass began, the children began singing the Gregorian Introit, and fifteen thousand young people immediately stilled to complete silence.

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Disparagement is not catechesis. It is destructive. If we are to catechize and evangelize, we must put God first, not our own preferences. Meanwhile, we must catechize and strive for the ideal.

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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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Living with Uncertainty
2014 January 03 by Richard J. Clark

But blessings come and go. Crosses are plentiful. Uncertainty makes life scary. But, no matter who you are, rich or poor, lowly sinner or saint, these words are prayed (hopefully sung) in the funeral mass: “In Paradisum…”

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Tallis Scholars Live
2013 December 15 by Fr. David Friel

In Praise of A Polyphonic Credo

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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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The Mass is a sung prayer and our greatest prayer. As such, it is not our goal to “make” something happen in liturgy. Only God can do that. Any role we have is God’s gift of grace to us. The sooner we understand that, the better we will fulfill our ministry and mission.

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The priorities of what we should sing at mass are full of surprises for some. I hope in the end that the greater “surprise” will be in how our prayer is formed by what we sing. I hope this will be the most pleasant surprise of all.

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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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