Friday, May 20, 2016
Tomorrow morning the Dominican Province of St. Joseph (Eastern Province) is scheduled to ordain 11 of their brothers priests of Jesus Christ.
The Ordination Mass will be broadcast live, at 9:30 Eastern time, on the Eternal Word Television Network. The venue is the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Our readers may be interested in viewing for any number of reasons liturgical and otherwise, including the consolation of the beautiful witness of so many excellent young men dedicating themselves to priestly service for the salvation of souls.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
who cares, by angel ministry,
for all those ransomed by the Son
and whom the Spirit’s unction won.
Friday, May 13, 2016
Today’s emphasis is more on celebrating a life past than honouring the future of a soul. While I am not averse to a celebratory element, the funeral is morphing into a spiritually weightless bless-fest.Having "done" or attended my share of Masses of Christian Burial where there was a need for me to explain why Little Drummer Boy, Somewhere Over the Rainbow or Toora-loora-loora might not be the best choice for the Offertory procession; or where Mardi Gras beads were distributed, (not with the usual quid pro quo from the ladies, at least); or where the eulogist told a slightly bawdy story or toasted the deceased by popping open a malt beverage, may I salute those of you, priests and musicians, still in the trenches, and thank you for "proper religious funerals," where the "ancient formulae" offer,
liturgical material which reassures us that the man with the scythe will not have the last word.(All the above examples of dysliturgy, by the way, taken from life.)
Thursday, May 12, 2016
The Colloquium is a learning opportunity as well, with serious breakout sessions on the necessary "tricks of the trade," including conducting and organ.
Come join the movement of sacred music! Attend the 2016 Church Music Association Colloquium.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
- The 4 seasonal Marian antiphons, sung at the end of Communion time.
- Chant hymns including the Adoro Te, Ave Verum Corpus, Attende Domine, Veni Creator Spiritus, and Rorate Caeli
- Communion proper chants, seasonal responsorial Psalms
- A very limited repertoire of English hymns, with outstanding text and music. Tunes include Duke Street, Jesu dulcis memoria, Salzburg, Hyfrydol, Old Hundredth, Passion Chorale, and Land of Rest.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
"Is there a priority for what we are supposed to sing at Mass?"This of course, presupposes an understanding of Sacred music as greater than singing hymns and a Mass setting. It also is more than simply providing music for the congregation to sing while the clergy say the black and do the red.
At a typical Sunday Mass, it is commonplace to expect the people to actively participate as follows:
- Entrance Hymn
- Alleluia/Gospel Acclamation
- Preface Dialogue (if sung)
- Mysterium Fidei
- Agnus Dei
- Communion Hymn #1
- Communion Hymn #2
- Choir sings nice piece here
Wow! That is quite a lot of music. What do the clergy sing? On occasion, perhaps the preface dialogue or blessing on larger feasts?
All of this is quite opposite from directives following Vatican II. In 1967, the Sacred Congregation of Rites issued an Instruction of Sacred Music: Musicam Sacram. In it, there is a plan for achieving a sung Mass, which can be described in three degrees:
- The Acclamations (Clergy)
- The Mass Ordinary (Faithful)
- The Mass Propers (Choir)
When neatly divided into Musicam Sacram's three categories, or perhaps a fourth by separating the priest's part from the deacon, each group is left with a manageable repertoire of roughly 4-5 musical offerings!
*Hymns are the last option given (GIRM 48) and steps should be taken toward singing the proper texts.
For more information, visit: dnu.org/sacred-music
Saturday, April 30, 2016
I don't usually say sentences that begin, "If I were the Pope..." However, an idea has occurred to me over the years that I think is sound and would have long-lasting effects for the Church in Europe, aiming as it does at middle schoolers.
Here it is.
If I were the Pope, I would require all English-speaking diocesan and religious seminarians to go two-by-two into the towns and villages of France and Germany this summer, and spend two weeks, in full habit/ clerics, doing nothing but speaking English and playing soccer.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Two recent sacred music projects by NLM contributor and friend-of-the-Cafe Peter Kwasniewski bear repeating here.
The first is the full-color facsimile edition of the 1903 Cantus Mariales. This reproduction contains 50 Marian chants for use throughout the liturgical year. Prof. Kwasniewski also produced several recordings of chants from the collection, with (beautiful!) harp accompaniment.
You can find the rest of the videos at the New Liturgical Movement.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Church music and other liturgical arts are easily mistaken in their aim and goal. Contrived, emotional and superficial, the aim is to entertain, fill a void, please an audience, rather than a humble service to the liturgical ceremony, glorifying God and sanctifying the faithful.
An aforementioned source is Msgr. Guido Marini's address to a liturgical conference in Mileto. Translated into a compact book, his reflections are worth reading, re-reading and passing around:
"Thus, singing and music in the liturgy, when they are truly themselves, are born from a heart that searches after the mystery of God and become an exegesis of this same mystery, a word that, in musical notation, opens onto the horizon of Christ's salvation. Therefore, there is an intrinsic bond among word, music, and chant in the liturgical celebration.
Music and chant, in fact, cannot be separated from the Word of God, of which, indeed, music and chant ought to be a faithful interpretation and revelation. Chant and music in the liturgy stem from the depth of the heart, that is, from Christ who dwells therein - and they return to the heart, that is, to Christ, And from the question of the heart, He comes as the true and definitive response.
This objectivity of chant and liturgical music should never be consigned to the superficial and extemporaneous nature of our sentiments and fleeting emotions, which do not correspond to the greatness of the mystery being celebrated."
Rev. Msgr. Guido Marini, Liturgical Reflections of a Papal Master of Ceremonies, English Translation © 2011, p.40.
Friday, April 22, 2016
Join Musica Sacra Florida for our 7th Chant Conference!
We'll be meeting at St. Mark the Evangelist Church in Tampa, Florida this year. Over on the west coast of the state and easily accessible to one and all. You can find all the details - and register - over at www.musicasacra.com. There are four different workshops, two Masses - one Extraordinary Form and one Ordinary Form. Chant choirs at both beginning and advanced levels. Fellowship with other singers. A fantastic faculty (of which I am a modest member) and propers for the Friday evening Mass sung by the Florida Pro Musica Schola, directed by Larry Kent.
Beginner or advanced or somewhere in-between - all are invited to join us. It promises to be a wonderful little conference. So come on down, up, or across!
- Acolyte's Tale
- Chabanel Psalms
- Church Music Association of America
- Gotta Sing, Gotta Pray
- Gregorian Chant UK
- Gregorian Institute of Canada
- Hymnography Unbound
- Illuminare Publications
- Institute of Sacred Music
- Optima Musica Dei Donum
- Sacred Miscellany
- Spode Music Week
- Tonus Peregrinus