Category Archives: Liturgical Music

Facing Others in Ministry

I was reading an excellent article in the journal Emmanuel by Father Michael L. Gaudoin-Parker. As I was reading “Preaching: Facing the Other: St Peter-Julian Eymard’s Approach” it struck me how apt the notion of facing people serves the deepest … Continue reading

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Liturgical Trio

I feel certain it was an Iowa rarity in liturgical music, if not a first. I was part of a three-percussion-instrument accompaniment for the parish’s 10:30 small choir. Piano, marimba, and trap set. My friend Hillary asked the church to house … Continue reading

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Washing Wedded Feet

My pastor likes to steer couples away from the unity candle. Or sand. Or stuff like that after the exchange of vows and rings. I had never experienced washing feet at a wedding until I arrived at my current parish. … Continue reading

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Glory & Praise: The Next Generation

A number of years ago, I posted some analysis of the first three Glory & Praise volumes (red, blue, and yellow, respectively). Liam had suggested I write up my thoughts on music from those three volumes that I liked, and … Continue reading

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Overdone

Familiarity breeds, as they say. In a recent post on another blog, the topic squeezed in: are some liturgical songs sung too often? I say yes. The question that’s of more interest to me is why. When non-musician lay Catholics are … Continue reading

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Spy Wednesday

In the NAB, we read in Luke 22:4-5: (Judas) went to the chief priests and temple guards to discuss a plan for handing him over to them. They were pleased and agreed to pay him money. Pleased? The NRSV gives … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Acclamations During The Passion Reading

This might be in that twilight zone of things recently frowned on, but my parish has a long tradition of musical acclamations inserted within the Passion Gospels. I see the Lucan refrain of the thief on the cross used in many … Continue reading

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MR3 Skin Deep

I had an interesting observation last night at Mass. But first, some backstory … Our parish’s third MR3 Mass setting is a revision of Steven Janco’s Mass of Angels and Saints. The Sanctus has been a bit rough. The “learning” to … Continue reading

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Too Much Psalm 91?

Can you ever get too much of a Scripture passage? In the Roman Antiphonary, this listing is given for the First Sunday of Lent: Entrance Antiphon Cf. Ps 90: 15-16 When he calls on me, I will answer him; I … Continue reading

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Sampling the Music Scene

Jeffrey Tucker calms down and pulls back from his elation on Tuesday: Fixing this fixes nearly everything. And today: There are two errors to correct in the news that Bishop Alexander K. Sample is headed to Portland, Oregon. The first … Continue reading

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Sampling Some Bitterness

I see the Chant Cafe commentariat is excited about a new sheriff bishop riding into Portland. There’s a good bit about which to comment about this move. Careerism, first. I remember feeling hopeful about Pope Benedict’s early episcopal appointments in … Continue reading

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Antiphonary for January 1

Many commentators have mused about today’s liturgical observance. It’s the Octave (Eighth Day) of Christmas. It’s been observed as the Circumcision of the Lord, as a World Day of Peace, and now, as the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. … Continue reading

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Advent Music: Alma Redemptoris Mater

Alma Redemptoris Mater, quae pervia caeli Porta manes, et stella maris, succurre cadenti, Surgere qui curat, populo: tu quae genuisti, Natura mirante, tuum sanctum Genitorem Virgo prius ac posterius, Gabrielis ab ore Sumens illud Ave, peccatorum miserere. Two versions. First, … Continue reading

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New Hymnal Dust-Ups

James Frazier has completed a five-part review for PrayTell of three new publications: the Vatican II Hymnal, the Adoremus Hymnal, and the St Michael Hymnal. Some disclaimers: I’ve commented liberally on the PT threads in question. I have no intention … Continue reading

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Psalm 126: The Lord Has Done Great Things

The 126th comes up in the 30th Ordinary Sunday Lectionary, cycle B, the end of next month. I appreciate the assistance of my friend Lynette who rendered my setting nicely: The Lord Has Done Great Things Note: Gratis permission is … Continue reading

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