Colloquium Vlog – Day 1

Well, everyone has finally arrived last night, and while unfortunately I forgot my camera at dinner, I did get it for some snippets of the organ concert by Dr. Ann Labounsky, followed by compline. Below are a few clips from both those events. and keep an eye on the Cafe tomorrow morning for clips from today!

Liturgical Calendar for OF and EF on Google Calendar

As both a musician and Master of Ceremonies, it is very useful to have the liturgical calendar available at all times on my phone, and especially alongside my other events (“Oh, you want me to come to a party on August 15? Sorry, that’s Assumption, we’ll probably have a pontifical Mass that evening…”). I’ve found this most useful in my own life, and I’d like to share it with others too! If you use Google Calendar and would like me to share this with you as well, sign up below and I’ll add you to the list, which will make the liturgical calendar appear in your calendar.

Click HERE to be added to the list.

Liturgical Music in the Context of Liturgy

Now here’s a fascinating idea: An entire Mass of music, in the context of a concert. Not just the ordinary and propers, but collects, and even the epistle and gospel, allowing the music to be heard in it’s fuller context (the fullest context being the liturgy itself, of course), instead of standalone pieces with applause in between and no context. Worth a listen if you have a while. If only more sacred ministers could sing this well 🙂

New In-Depth Youtube Series on Accompanying Gregorian Chant

An organ score from the Nova Organi Harmonia

Recently, a user of the CMAA Forum began creating a tutorial on the methods of providing organ accompaniment to gregorian chant which many have found useful. His first video can be found below, and the rest can be found here. If this interests you, make sure to subscribe, so that you can continue to receive his new videos as they are released.

While there are collections of scores for this purpose, it is ultimately much more useful and flexible if an organist can learn the methods for improvising accompaniment, which this series attempts to teach.

Christus factus est: Holy Week is Upon Us

This text encapsulates one of the most important themes of this upcoming holy week: Christ’s willing sacrifice on the cross for His (and our) eventual glorification. We could all do well to meditate upon this text as we enter this sacred week.

Christus factus est pro nobis obediens usque ad mortem, mortem autem crucis. Propter quod et Deus exaltavit illum et dedit illi nomen, quod est super omne nomen.

Christ became obedient for us unto death, even to the death, death on the cross. Therefore God exalted Him and gave Him a name which is above all names.

This text is specifically from the Palm Sunday Mass, Good Friday Liturgy, and the Holy Saturday responsory for the office. It’s also used for the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, and on Holy Thursday in the EF.