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.
The priest who rejected my submission was very professional, polite, and encouraging.
“How can I get rid of those stupid multirests in Sibelius?”
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Sheen’s book “Life of Christ” is such a treasure.
“The Church asks those who will lead and shepherd her communities of Faith to give up the possibility of marital love as a prophetic witness that there is something even more important to our happiness than even beautiful intimacy possible in Christian marriage.” — Archbishop Naumann, 18 May 2013
The notion that the texts are there “to remind us that we should be singing something else” could not be further from the truth.
I took out my iPhone to record his exact words (“we don’t have any more airplanes”) and he called security on me. Classy.
The Sacred Congregation of Rites and the Consilium issued a joint statement on December 29,1966 prohibiting profane music in church. When Consilium spokesman Monsignor Annibale Bugnini was asked at a press conference what was meant by “profane” music, he said that this referred to such things as “jazz” Masses and instruments such as the guitar.
This hymn almost brought me to tears. I was shaking as I played it. It’s really beautiful and even haunting. But I was worried about the ending until I realized it was like the “smile” on the Mona Lisa.
“We have had pressreports of eccentric behaviour at Mass and of the introduction of singing more appropriate to music-halls than to the atmosphere of reverence that should prevail in a church. These reports have come mainly from America, and they refer only to isolated instances.” — Fr. Leslie Rumble of Radio Replies, writing in the early 1970s.
At last! We finally have the answer! . . . Er, sort of . . .
Verbal abuse of a mentally handicapped man was something hard to watch. But why do I mention such a thing on a Blog devoted to Sacred music?
Did you know a former president of the Church Music Association of America has his own STAR on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? That’s correct! Just like Michael Jackson, Rex Harrison, Alfred Hitchcock, Harrison Ford, and all the rest.
Does noticing this officially make me a “Chant Geek” ? Or is it the mere fact that I actually care about such things . . .