New Chair of Sacred Music at US Seminary
2018 December 23 by Fr. David Friel

Dr. Nathan Knutson will inaugurate this new position.

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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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What to Do with Musicam Sacram
2015 January 11 by Fr. David Friel

Does the 1967 Instruction on Music in the Liturgy have any relevance today?

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Progressive Solemnity
2014 December 21 by Fr. David Friel

A Reverse Concept?

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Is Recorded Music Okay for Children?
2014 July 27 by Fr. David Friel

There is a prevalent notion that young people somehow need to be accommodated in the work of divine worship. As a former child, I find this to be an errant hankering.

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Gregorian Chant As A “Weapon” — Seriously?
2014 March 17 by Jeff Ostrowski

A drafter of USCCB guidelines on church music has said: “Some individuals and organizations seemingly use chant as a weapon to advance their agenda and judge others.”

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Why should something invented in 1968 be “preferred” to the immemorial tradition of the Catholic Church?

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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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