Over these next few months, I want to try reach out to our readers.
The most problematic genre for use in broadcasting is the English setting of the Mass Ordinary since all of the major settings are currently under copyright.
I am imagining a new ensemble, built out of necessity, for the singing of polyphonic motets and even Mass ordinaries.
Prevented from receiving Holy Communion for a time, Frassati became “consumed with Eucharistic Fire.”
You know your own sound so well. You know your strengths, and what you need to work on. Why not suck it up and become your own vocal coach for a while?
Before we began recording, the participants unanimously gave permission to post online.
Sigh … another day, another invisible “white note” to ignore!
A mother remembers the time she was chosen to “crown Mary” and describes organizing a “May Crowning” for her family during the pandemic.
The Sacred Music Symposium is bearing fruits none of its organizers—myself included—could have imagined. Laus Deo!
As churches are working towards reopening, it is also no small change for many to concede congregational singing and choirs of any size. So many musicians have already sacrificed so much, spiritually, artistically, and economically.
Did you know every Mass is a celebration of our Lord’s Ascension? — Here’s proof.
This image of Christ as the Good Shepherd constitutes the supreme model for all pastors, clerical or (in a broader and unordained sense) lay—anyone leading others into the Sheepfold of the Church. It is, therefore, crucial to understand the various nuances of pastor, or shepherd.
It’s hard to believe, but Father Knauff’s “Christ the King Hymnal for Congregational Singing” (1954) omitted this hymn!
Music is a language, but it does not supplant our own. Rather, it enlivens our words so that they can penetrate the soul with the fullness of their meaning—and enlighten our eyes in any circumstance.
Words of Hope from Gerard Manley Hopkins
Including O SALUTARIS (“O Saving Victim Opening Wide”) and TANTUM ERGO (“Down in Adoration Falling”) in Latin and English.
To sing at Mass though, you need more than just being able to finish together.
Ever thought of changing the way you play a hymn without needing to have studies advanced theory and harmonization techniques? Here are two ways of changing the way you are playing a hymn without changing the harmony or re-voicing it.
Some very brief comments on the lessons we might learn during this pandemic for the future of liturgical music.
My brain can’t accept the approach chosen by this “Graduale”…
I composed this organ accompaniment yesterday, looking ahead towards Eastertide.
The Congregation has released a short document with pertinent guidance.
Finding the “perfect” accompaniment for hymns can be challenging. Here is my attempt.
Free download of Stella Caeli – a hymn against outbreaks of contagious disease along with the Litany of Our Lady.
An extremely rare hymnal compiled by the Most Rev’d Joseph Schrembs, Bishop of Cleveland, Ohio.
There’s something comforting about the Brébeuf hymnal translations, since they were created by Catholic priests.