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“Church Music Manifesto” (2019) —
Mass should be a peaceful experience for the congregation, not an opportunity to be harassed.
Where do we go from here? —
We need to break away from simply providing music for the next Sunday’s Masses.
The Cantor and Congregational Singing —
I wonder if we haven’t lost sight of the cantor’s original purpose of fostering congregational singing…
Dominican Priest Calls Gregorian Chant “Infantile” —
Fr. Gerard Lessard is upset that millennials “seem to be mainly interested in returning to Gregorian chant and organ music of the distant past.”
(1988) • Cardinal Ratzinger Addresses Chilean Bishops —
“The grandeur of the liturgy rests upon…rendering tangible the Totally Other, whom we are not capable of summoning.”
Bishop Barron Vs. Hymn by Marty Haugen (2018) —
“Heaven is not light-years away; that’s a silly way to think about it.” —Most Rev’d Robert Barron
Just Released! • 2019 Pastoral Letter on Sacred Music (Archbishop Sample) —
“Every pastor and music director has a serious responsibility to read and become familiar with the ‘Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy…” —Archbishop Sample
Strive for Greatness! —
Stop trying to make everything easy, and therefore unimportant.
An Outrageous “Paradox” I Cannot Accept —
I’m not someone who believes everything was perfect before Vatican II—but calling the EF “worldly” compared to the OF is just silly.
Breaking! • Father Edwin C. Dwyer Development? —
Did Bishop A. Hurley have a change of heart?
Formed in Beauty Lectures —
Videos have been posted from the 2017 & 2018 conferences of the Catholic Art Guild
Fr. Peter Gee • My First Chant Teacher —
Is it just me, or does England have extremely beautiful churches?
The Gratuity of Beauty —
Thoughts on the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
Sacred Architecture and Brexit —
A connecting link in the form of Gothic cathedrals
New Stained Glass Windows of Military Saints —
Recently installed at the pastoral center of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA
Holy Souls in Purgatory • 15th-Century Missal Illumination —
Detail from the Missal of Eberhard von Greiffenklau
“Your Choirmaster” • What Nobody Realizes —
Do you see the part where it specifically asks for humiliation?
If You Want to Catch All the Youth —
The “Schools Singing Programme” currently serves 4,000 children each year, many from the most economically depressed areas in England…
Colin Mawby (1936-2019) —
We commend his soul to the mercy of our Heavenly Father.
Are Choirmasters Allowed To Have A Bad Day? —
By 1941, Horowitz had been playing Rachmaninov’s 3rd Concerto for 23 years…
New Resource! • Chant Videos for Treble Voices —
A new website seeks to record the full Gregorian propers each week using a treble voice.
Fourth-Century Advice for Choir Directors —
A passage from Nicetas of Remesiana remains eminently applicable today.
“Homeschoolers, learn an Advent hymn!” —
As we navigate through this season, the secular world bombards us with decorated Christmas trees, “holiday music” on every station, and house after house drenched in festive lights…
Fr. Wasilewski: “Evil” to Remove Pachamama Idols —
His argument about “theft”—such as removing pornography from a church where children might see it—is incorrect and dangerous.
Liturgica • Interview with Chris Mueller on the Release of New CD —
Mueller discusses his recently released recording of original compositions and Renaissance masterworks
“Woman of No Distinction” World Premiere —
What makes this work unique is its perspective: written entirely from the point of view of the Samaritan woman.
New England Catholic Choral Festival & Mass • 2019 —
It’s never just about the music. It’s about formation and transformation.
Music Leads Us to Heaven —
Franz Schubert’s famous art song, “An die Musik”
Trappist Monks in Hong Kong Chanting —
Monks in Hong Kong chanting parts of the Missa “Cum Jubilo”…
Marcel Dupré • “Live” Recording (2 Feb 1964) —
A recording of Bach’s A-minor Prelude & Fugue made by the master at age 78.
The Brébeuf Hymnal
Update! • Accompaniments for the Brébeuf Hymnal —
Oh, if only…if only you knew what’s going on behind the scenes!
“How To Use The Brébeuf Hymnal” (Video) —
Yay! Short tutorial videos eradicate confusion!
Video • What Are Common Hymn Melodies? —
Short demonstrations by a volunteer parish choir!
“Missa de Angelis” • But in Iroquoian! (1865) —
Many people don’t realize that gorgeous plainsong books were printed in the 19th century…but they were not in Latin.
“Mister Eye” • Do You Mind Him? —
What do you think of “eye rhymes” in hymnody?
When Hymn Names Don’t Match —
I submit to you that calling the same tune by multiple names in the same hymnal is unacceptable.
Hymn • “A Solis Ortus Cardine” (In English) —
The Church’s greatest hymn? Many believe it’s this one
PDF Accompaniment • “Jesu Redemptor Omnium” —
You can compare my accompaniment to that of Achille P. Bragers.
Video • “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” —
Older Catholic hymnals did funny things with this melody.
Announcement of Easter & the Moveable Feasts • 2020 —
Free download of The Announcement of Easter and the Moveable Feasts for 2020
Fantastic! • “Somber Yet Powerful” Advent Hymn —
It’s impossible to incorporate all the awesome Advent hymns; the season is too short.
PDF • “Veni Veni Emmanuel” (2 Voices + Organ) —
Download this PDF score—free to all—and sing during Advent!
PDF Download • “Erunt Signa In Sole” (Advent) —
“One of the challenges of a small choir is having enough singers to pull off any kind of polyphony. ” —Andrea Leal
PDF Download • A Eucharistic Piece My Choir Loves —
Including a “preview” of the forthcoming Brébeuf Hymnal SATB Choral Supplement.
PDF • “Additional Versions of the Credo” (1934) —
This morning, fascinating versions of the Credo arrived in my inbox—versions I had never seen!
PDF Download • “Chant Service Book” (208 pages) —
An extremely rare book from 1941, containing all your favorite Gregorian chants!