“He is in every way a composer of Bach’s stature and accomplishment both technically and expressively.” ~ Scott Metcalfe
Chant-based works for Lent
Quite curiously, the first full-time employee this developer and builder hired as pastor was a musician. A musician? Really? Yes.
Despite such a bleak picture, so many musicians remain faithful and loyal servants of the Church. This is hope.
I’m embarrassed to say, I feel I have only discovered this necessity recently.
They open the doors to people of all faiths and backgrounds. But they will celebrate the Eucharist, Adore the Blessed Sacrament, and administer the sacraments boldly out on the open for all to witness and experience.
This work is based on the Gregorian Chants of the Requiem Mass. It was directly inspired by the Requiem Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the 2012 Sacred Music Colloquium in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Free Download: Three Entrance Antiphons For the Celebration of Marriage
“When I introduce young minds to the beautiful heritage of Church music, it’s always amazing to see just how much they love the great music we have been given.” — John Robinson
The liturgical battle over celebrating Mass “ad orientem” is insignificant at this time. Far more important is reverent liturgy and the proper implementation of Vatican II.
“If you, the bereaved, cannot give voice to your grief in this moment, we shall do it for you.”
What does the Incarnation have to do with the Communion Procession? A great deal.
The ability to say “no” is an important gift of which much good can come, if used with wisdom, mercy, and kindness.
“[T]he parish has seen an astonishing increase in Mass attendance and financial stewardship owing in large part to the addition of a weekly traditional Latin Missa Cantata, use of handcrafted Roman vestments, emphasis on sacred music…”
Music and Discernment
Made in God’s image? Really? That’s debatable from my all too human eyes. By the way, I’ve got huge planks in both of them.
It never occurred to him that this would be hard, or that he wouldn’t do well. He just thought it would be fun.
Free download of an Introit for Holy Trinity (Years A&B). English text; SATB, organ, schola/cantor, and congregation.
In the words of Kurt Cobain, “Here we are now, entertain us.” Sometimes, our jobs can feel this way. But church musicians have responsibilities that are anything but entertainment.
To sing in prayer and with joy is pastorally imperative for they are all we have.
The older I get, the more I spend on these. If not, what good am I to the prayer of the people?
The Dedication of a Church is a rare event in anyone’s lifetime.
Read the words of John 3:16 again.
Music has a way of describing the indescribable, of bringing to speech the ineffable. That is what our choirs must do this Holy Week.
Pope Francis decreed Romero was martyred “in odium fidei” (“in hatred of the faith”). He was beatified in El Salvador on May 23, 2015.