I wanted to become a Franciscan priest, and became one. But I certainly landed in places and assignments I never dreamed of being in.
What is the best way to get your choir singing when they first return? Here are some tips…
…including a fancy capital “A” from a medieval manuscript.
Including a wonderful hymn for the Ascension.
Venerable Pope Pius XII explicitly allowed vernacular hymns during High Mass in 1958.
A reader from St. Louis, Missouri, wrote to us: “The work you and your team do is quite possibly the most valuable resource I have come across as a younger Sacred music director and organist. The Brébeuf Hymnal is my most used and referenced resource. Although my church has not adopted it yet (I will […]
Including a live recording of a hymn about a donkey. (Not kidding!)
There is a “hidden rule” about Roman Catholic Hymnals.
A live recording of the Church’s oldest Latin Eucharistic hymn.
Is this normal? (Answer: “yes”)
“Feria Quinta” — which day is that? … Be honest.
I fail to see how such a position can be defended…
Paul Inwood has unwittingly committed a rookie’s error here…
In an emergency, we pull out random hymns from the Brébeuf hymnal. The Brébeuf choral supplement has every single verse—every single verse—written out, which makes reading SATB a breeze. Last Sunday, we pulled out an Easter hymn which is a mix between plainsong and metrical hymnody…and I think this live recording came out nicely! Please […]
My friends, for the record, this coming Sunday has something which is pretty rare. It is an example of Abbey of Saint-Pierre de Solesmes adding an ictus marking to their previous (1908) version of the Graduale Romanum. You can examine before and after. Do I feel better, having pointing this out? I absolutely do…
Church musicians: Is this what we’re doing wrong?
We did both versions: One is quite popular, the other less so.
Folks, this is pretty cool.
Talk about whatever subject you desire…except musical “style”—because doing so might get you killed.
…you be the judge…
Currently, 759 people dislike his article, while only 73 support it.
Ten ways to make your musical selections during Mass a delight for all present.
Here’s an audio excerpt (33 seconds) of a setting for Kyrie VIII which was recorded live last Sunday at our parish in Los Angeles. The setting (“Missa de Angelis”) is by composer Richard Rice, and you can download the free PDF if you click here and scroll to the bottom. I think Richard’s composition is […]
William F. Buckley speaking on television about Monsignor Ronald Knox.
“Custom preserves many things in liturgy after their first reason has ceased.” —Father Adrian Fortescue