The St. Paul Choir School is now looking for talented third grade boys to apply and audition for entry in September of 2013. Director, John Robinson states,“The daily round of sung liturgy provides the perfect training ground for young singers.”
“A real tradition is not the relic of a past that is irretrievably gone; it is a living force that animates and informs the present” –Igor Stravinsky
If there is any one section of “Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship” to become very familiar with, it is this one, and for rather intriguing reasons.
The Mass is a sung prayer and our greatest prayer. As such, it is not our goal to “make” something happen in liturgy. Only God can do that. Any role we have is God’s gift of grace to us. The sooner we understand that, the better we will fulfill our ministry and mission.
The priorities of what we should sing at mass are full of surprises for some. I hope in the end that the greater “surprise” will be in how our prayer is formed by what we sing. I hope this will be the most pleasant surprise of all.
Seminarian Ryan G. Duns, writes, “…it’s not about me putting on a show, about making something happen. My Jesuit training and my musical training converge: I think I’ll be my best when I am noticed least, when I can get out of the way so that those who approach the Lord’s Table are treated, not to a dose of Duns, but to an encounter with the Risen One…”
VENI, SANCTE SPIRITUS, the Sequence for Pentecost Sunday is one of the great jewels of the Roman Rite. The text alone is a treasure—short, simple, profound, and transcendent.
Church musicians carry “battle scars” of the profession. We can all tell “war stories.” But Thomas à Kempis writes in “The Imitation of Christ,” “…the measure of every man’s virtue is best revealed in time of adversity—adversity that does not weaken a man but rather shows what he is.”
Is the cantor the “leader of song”? It may be surprising that there are a few answers to this question, but it leads towards one ideal.
In Boston we send up our sighs, our mourning, and our weeping in this valley of tears. Great suffering compels us to move towards Christ, and Christ in turn embraces us lovingly in his comforting embrace. Therefore, the sacred liturgy is essential at the time, more than ever.
This attack happened within my parish. St. Cecilia Parish in the Back Bay section of Boston, is around the block from the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Several historic churches literally surround the finish line. So where is God in all of this?
Working for the Church is often not conducive to family life. But, in my children, I found God. Children have helped me focus on what and who is important.
The road to the ideal must travel through the hearts and minds of real flesh and blood. If in our ministry we are not teaching love, then we have failed.
A crowd of nearly 1,000 people, many who don’t come to mass, many who may not prefer Gregorian Chant, many who know nothing about chant—fell silent.
“Why the Cross?” Little children are rarely afraid to ask the questions that adults are afraid to ask.
While speaking to his secretary, the Holy Father came down the hall and I greeted him with the traditional kissing of his ring, and we spoke for a little over a minute.
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The Church’s vast treasury of sacred music belongs to the people! This is the truth that will bear out.
Fr. Jonathan Gaspar, Priest Secretary to His Eminence Seán Cardinal O’Malley, shares his heartfelt reflections from St. Peter’s Square on the historic day of March 13, 2013.
Sometimes we do our best work while in exile. Today, the Chair of Peter lies empty. This Lent, we will certainly end up in a different place than where we started. Hopefully, we will be transformed individually and as a Church.