Is it “traditional” to receive Holy Communion on Good Friday?
During the procession on Palm Sunday, the 1962 rubrics allow alius cantus in honorem Christi Regis—“a hymn or song in honor of Christ the King.” A simple yet beautiful Gregorian hymn you might consider is Te Sæculorum Principem, which was composed for the feast of Christ the King by Father Vittorio Genovesi (d. 1967). The […]
I know of no author who has attempted to reconcile, explain, or justify the (obviously contradictory) “schizophrenia flaw.”
Including a remarkable musical setting by Father Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923).
During Passiontide, the hymn at Vespers is the mighty Vexilla Regis Prodeunt of Bishop Venantius Fortunatus. In 2015, I composed an organ accompaniment for this hymn with each verse written out. This comes in pretty handy on occasions when the organist must “lead the hymn from the organ bench.” Please feel free to download my […]
Certainly the only “Eucharistic” hymn to Saint Joseph I know!
For this coming Sunday (Passion Sunday), there’s only one “MMV” singers must observe—and I placed a little arrow above it.
When Father Fortescue was diagnosed with cancer, he was seen to kiss devoutly the Altar on which he had so frequently celebrated Mass before going to the hospital to die.
We already released Part 2; today we release Part 1.
Fulton J. Sheen reminded us: “Many a pontiff goes through life without making a single infallible decision … not one.”
Mr. Currie complained about hymn lyrics that “unduly emphasize the human nature of the Savior.”
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Sometimes what goes without saying must be said.
Today Dr. Calabrese talks about James MacMillan’s “Seven Last Words From The Cross.”
Finding the “perfect” accompaniment for hymns can be challenging. Here’s my attempt.
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The conscientious choirmaster takes people where they are and then—carefully and prudently—leads them to something higher.
A generous person in Paris sent us the 1921 organ accompaniment to the Requiem Mass (“Missa Pro Defunctis”) harmonized by Julius Bas, who was associated with the Abbey of Solesmes. You can download the entire PDF file for free at the Lalande Library. I must say, what Bas does with Dies Irae sequence is fascinatingly […]
I could not function as a choirmaster without this collection.
I believe many choir members will stop coming back if the music is always the same.