One of our choristers recorded this audio excerpt from a recent rehearsal we had. I know there are certain people on the internet who claim that “proper voice leading & harmonies died with Bach in 1750AD…anything goes these days.” But I could not disagree more with such an assertion. The proper rules of harmony and […]
In the past, we have provided thirteen organ accompaniments to Mass VIII (a.k.a. “Missa de Angelis”). Some versions of the KYRIALE use the melody from Sanctus VIII for Agnus VIII also. Dr. Peter Wagner’s 1903 edition of the KYRIALE does this, as we mentioned earlier this month. Please sing through Sanctus VIII and then sing […]
The editors of this 1667AD Missale Romanum weren’t sure who wrote the VEXILLA REGIS hymn, so they wrote this in the margin. (To be fair, the original text by Bishop Fortunatus was greatly altered under Pope Urban VIII.)
M.B. wrote to us: “Dear Corpus Christi Watershed: please keep posting beautiful hymns! You have no idea just how helpful it is to me! God bless the work and efforts that you pour into making the liturgy more beautiful for God’s glory!”
If you look in the 1952 Australian Hymnal by Father Percy Jones called The Saint Pius X Hymnal, you will see that they substitute “Confirma Hoc” from Confirmation with the Offertory antiphon on Pentecost Sunday. Thoughts? Was that cheating?
My friend L.F. has informed me that the editors of the 1965 Missale Romanum seem to have deliberately deleted the part about “raising the children in the Catholic Faith.” Do you agree? See for yourself. How would you translate that passage into English? Please email me at: email@example.com
A reader from St. Louis, Missouri, wrote to us: “The work you and your team do is quite possibly the most valuable resource I have come across as a younger Sacred music director and organist. The Brébeuf Hymnal is my most used and referenced resource. Although my church has not adopted it yet (I will […]
In an emergency, we pull out random hymns from the Brébeuf hymnal. The Brébeuf choral supplement has every single verse—every single verse—written out, which makes reading SATB a breeze. Last Sunday, we pulled out an Easter hymn which is a mix between plainsong and metrical hymnody…and I think this live recording came out nicely! Please […]
My friends, for the record, this coming Sunday has something which is pretty rare. It is an example of Abbey of Saint-Pierre de Solesmes adding an ictus marking to their previous (1908) version of the Graduale Romanum. You can examine before and after. Do I feel better, having pointing this out? I absolutely do…
Here’s an audio excerpt (33 seconds) of a setting for Kyrie VIII which was recorded live last Sunday at our parish in Los Angeles. The setting (“Missa de Angelis”) is by composer Richard Rice, and you can download the free PDF if you click here and scroll to the bottom. I think Richard’s composition is […]
Covid restrictions here in California are still extremely severe—switching “two weeks to flatten the curve” into “two years to flatten the curve.” Since 2020, we’ve had police breaking into our church to check if everyone is wearing a mask…even when only 5-6 people are present! But we were allowed to have a small percentage of […]
“E.S.” in North Dakota writes: “I just wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU for all the hard work you have put—and continue to put—into your wonderful website. In the past two years, my parish has moved from a little house basement into a brand new church and gone from a few families […]
On Palm Sunday, the Passion was read. Immediately after mention is made of the betrayal by Judas, the Holy Eucharist is introduced. Is this not a condemnation of “Christians” who deny the Church teaching on the SANCTISSIMUM? Here is Matthew 26: And Judas that betrayed him, answering, said: “Is it I, Rabbi?” He saith to […]
Here’s a 20-second audio clip (live) from yesterday. It’s the INTROIT from Passion Sunday, when the Gospel says Jesus “hid himself” because the crowds wanted to kill Him…after He said He was greater than Abraham. Our parish uses The Saint Jean de Brébeuf Hymnal for all sung Masses, and we cherish the choral supplement because […]
When it seemed Father Jean de Brébeuf and his companions were about to meet death on 28 October 1637, he wrote a letter to his superiors. Here’s an excerpt: “It is a singular favor that His Goodness gives us, to allow us to endure something for love of Him. Now it is that we consider […]
I consider myself a “flexible” choirmaster. When I sing with men who have low voices, I join with them at a low pitch. Here’s an excerpt from yesterday, which was LAETARE SUNDAY (the 4th Sunday of Lent). Later that same day, I sang at another Mass with a singer who has a very high voice. […]
I agree with Keven Smith that Covid-19 has been a huge boon to my skills of improvisation on the organ. I wanted to share this amazing email (which gave me such joy), sent to me by somebody I don’t know: “My name is —— and I attended the 7:00pm Mass today at St Vitus. The […]
Like everyone else, we are struggling under the Covid-19 restrictions. The number of singers we’re allowed have has been reduced in a severe way. But we charge forward, trusting in God. Here is a 50-second live excerpt from Mass last Sunday here in Los Angeles. Not many voices, but still beautiful (in my humble opinion).
Due to Covid-19, California has basically been under “lock down” for 11 months, and these restrictions have had quite a detrimental effect on choral programs. We are frequently limited to just 2-3 singers, on account of regulations by the government and our Archdiocese. However, although the number of singers is quite small, I was struck […]
According to Monsignor Frederick R. McManus, there were “policemen” serving the Sanhedrin in the time of Our Blessed Lord. Look at this awful translation in the 1966 “Saint Andrew Bible Missal” from 1966. Yuck!