“Where on earth do you come up with the notion of omitting the Gradual? You talk about the necessity of going back to the very oldest of the Church’s traditions.” — Msgr. Francis P. Schmitt
“While it is not obligatory for women to wear mantillas, I personally think they’re a beautiful and elegant way to show reverence for Christ.” — Matt Fradd
“We had in the Church when I was growing up . . . there was a kind of special language we used in Church, and I was sorry to see it go . . . There wasn’t anything wrong with that. It was a language we used in talking to God.” — Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke
“During the boy-scout hand-shake (Sign of Peace), the lady with whom I shook hands accused me of trying to steal her bracelet.” — Msgr. Francis P. Schmitt, writing in 1965
I have an important question, but nobody seems to care. It has to do with the famous: “When it falls on a Saturday or a Monday, the obligation to attend Mass is abrogated.”
“Gregorian Chant is apt to remain the singing voice of the Church for a good many years to come.” — Fr. Malone, writing in 1962.
On 24 December 1596, Nanino records that the singers missed a response of “Amen,” which they were supposed to make after the pope said the Gospel at Matins. But the books were marked so that the same thing would not happen the following year, as it might if they depended only on memory.
Normally, I hate it when blogs become too personal, but I hope our readers will tolerate me sharing two (2) pictures of our children.
Are we being honest when we claim that the “entire congregation” can sing a hymn at Mass? I had to search pretty hard, but finally found someone willing to admit the truth.
These days, companies treat their customers like animals. I find it disgusting.
To prove that anybody can learn to use GABC (Gregorio) in five seconds to create Gregorian chant scores, I created this training video while holding a 6-month-old baby.
Sigh . . What to do when you’re the greatest of the great?
“I have listened to the CD with great enjoyment. When listening to the Cistercian Nuns of Saint Mary’s Abbey, one realizes that they do not just sing at prayer or sing their prayers: their very singing is prayer, according to the axiom, Those who sing well, pray twice.” — Quote from a listener.
The crucial question was not asked: “Is the New Translation more accurate than the previous one?”
Why do 99% of Catholic Churches replace 100% of the Mass Propers 99% of the time?
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Can you find all the letters in this ancient symbol? Every Catholic knows how the Preface begins: “It is truly right and just, our duty and salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks . . .”
Did you know Padre Pio was drafted into the army? Did you know his father had to come to America to earn money so Padre Pio could be tutored before being accepted to monastic life?
“Music has the capability of evoking a place and a context.” — Dr. William Mahrt of Stanford
I have noticed that the “English method” of hymnody prints the musical notes on one page and the words on another. Several experts explain why in this post.