New Spanish Music Resources

The new MISAL ROMANO, TERCERA EDICIÓN, has hopefully ushered in a spiritual and musical renewal within Spanish liturgies at Cathedrals, parishes, seminaries, and religious communities throughout North America. 

The revisions, albeit slight in sung texts themselves, should be a newfound reminder that our vernacular languages point to the Latin texts and music, a treasure of inestimable value.  

Has this opportunity been utilized for beauty and growth, or is there just a shiny new book on the altar? Mariachi or mora vocis? Guitar band or band together and sing a Gradual?  New resources and workshops can help!

The Domenico Zipoli Institute continues its missionary outreach in releasing additional resources in conjunction with the Misal.  Four new Spanish language components have been added to the website’s treasury of musical materials:

          • Church Documents and Articles in Spanish

          • Spanish teaching materials in Gregorian Chant

          • Music scores and recordings of the Misal Romano

          • Hymns and Recommendations of Mass Ordinary 

May the simple and beautiful music of the Misal provide a needed opportunity for renewal, pointing parishes to the True, Beautiful, and Universal.  In turn, this small step will hopefully lead to the uncovering of Gregorian chant, Sacred Choir music, and the rich, nearly unparalleled heritage of traditional Spanish Liturgy.

Misal Romano – Spanish Resources & Recordings

The Domenico Zipoli Institute has prepared resources and recordings in light of the forthcoming Tercera Edición of the Misal Romano, for use in the United States.  

Three free resources include:

Printable/PDF study guides for clergy  

Congregational cards

Audio recordings  

The first use date is the vigil of Pentecost, 19 May 2018 with mandatory usage beginning Advent I.

Special thanks to collaborative efforts of many, in conjunction with the Institute of the Incarnate Word, US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Dunwoodie Seminary of Yonkers, New York, as well as St. Charles Borromeo Seminary of Overbrook, Philadelphia.

A reminder of the Institute’s upcoming 2-day conference on Apr 27-28 in Washington D.C. where these materials will be put into the hands of many.  Register today and plan to attend!

Two Spanish Chant Conferences – Washington DC area

In April, the United States Bishops will publish the Third Edition of the Roman Missal in Spanish. To encourage seminarians, clergy, congregations and choir directors to learn the music, the Zipoli Institute will be offering a two-day conference in Spanish Sacred Music:

Fri, Apr 27 – Seminarians and Clergy


Sat, Apr 28 – Congregations and Choirs

Immediately following these conferences, and a mere 10 minute drive, Archbishop Alexander Sample will be celebrating a Solemn Pontifical High Mass on April 28 in the upper church at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.  The Paulus Institute is sponsoring this event as the 10th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum.

Two Basic Requisites in an Artist

In His Holiness’ famous encyclical, Musicae sacrae disciplina, Venerable Pope Pius XII emphasized the need of two basic requisites in an artist, namely, an artist who will create true religious or sacred art. 

  • The artist must possess skill in the techniques of one’s discipline, as the very title of the document points us.  
  • The artist must have faith in God which will give him/her the interior vision needed to perceive what God’s majesty and worship demand.
Music, art and architecture form the Sacred arts with skill and Faith.

+Monsignor Richard Schuler (1920-2007) and his mighty legacy wrote prolifically on this very subject (c.f. Sacred Music, Vol 107, No 3, Fall 1980).  He said so eloquently:

“The work of art that the Church seeks will come from the trained and talented craftsman who has a vision of faith, is humble before the creativity of God in which he shares, and who has conceived in the depths of his soul a concept that he expresses in the material, but in which shines for the majesty of God.”

May our Faith and skill bring honor and glory to God, as well as holiness to mankind.

California Missions Music Presentations – Santa Clara, CA

Friday, October 6th – Recital and Presentation, 6pm
    Works by Sancho, Sumaya, and Gozos to St. Joseph and the Blessed Sacrament. 
    “Choral Repertoire of Colonial Latin America and California Missions:
       an examination of style, repertoire, and “Gozos”, the hymn of praise.” – Dr. Craig Russell

Saturday, October 7th – Feast of the Holy Rosary
  Mass for the Feast of the Holy Rosary with music by Zipoli, 8am
  Sung Rosary with Children, 9:30am and 11:45am

Purgatory still exists in December

As December is upon us, we logically turn our attention toward Advent and Christmas planning. Nonetheless, the coming winter months also can be a time of many funerals.  Let us remember the beauty of the simple Requiem chants, as well as the many polyphonic settings.

There is an excellent article over at NCRegister on the recent St. John Cantius recording of Mozart’s Requiem, in the original “Süssmayr version”.  The article interviews Father Michael Magiera, FSSP who is the Tenor soloist for the CD. 

In the article, there is a beautiful and concise explanation of the value of Sacred Art–drawing our senses and souls to higher things.

As musicians and artists, it is our obligation to guide the faithful, as well as the non-churchgoing to higher things!

Perhaps a nice Christmas present for your musician friends?

Happy Advent (the CD is purple).

Turning toward our Lord in Music

Amidst all the discussion of Ad orientem, many may not have caught a small but important musical note last week. In his Sacra Liturgia address of July 5, Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect, Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, his Eminence spoke at length of the need to reexamine conciliar and papal teachings.  Returning our focus to God, and our profound need to worship him, there was a beautiful reflection on Sacred music:

…we must sing the liturgy, we must sing the liturgical texts, respecting the liturgical traditions of the Church and rejoicing in the treasury of sacred music that is ours, most especially that music proper to the Roman rite, Gregorian chant. We must sing sacred liturgical music not merely religious music, or worse, profane songs.