Category Archives: Liturgical Music

Lining Up Antiphons

One of our graduating students and I have been working on the parish summer music plan. It’s not too clear if she will be here to be part of it. But since she might be looking at an eventual career … Continue reading

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Joyful Alleluia

One of the parish’s favorite settings for the Gospel Acclamation is a nearly hidden chestnut in the GIA catalogue by Howard Hughes, SM. We pull it out for Christmas and Easter seasons. The most difficult thing is getting one or … Continue reading

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The Three

Over the years here (on this blog) and there (elsewhere in the Catholic blogosphere) we’ve discussed a good bit of liturgical music. The three judgments, introduced to most American church musicians in the 1972 document Music in Catholic Worship (MCW), … Continue reading

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Lent 2 Antiphons and Psalms

There have been some interesting, perhaps heated discussions about the Mass propers lately. It seems to me more like a dialogue of the deaf. I thought that since this weekend’s offerings from the Roman Antiphonary are typical, it might be … Continue reading

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Mercy, Wide and Late

The concluding hymn at the parish struck me today in a way it has never done before. Two things. First, wideness, wideness, and kindness: There’s a wideness in God’s mercy, like the wideness of the sea. There’s a kindness in … Continue reading

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Survey Says?

The Chant Cafe has been rather quiet the past several days. I did notice a link on this post to a survey offered by the CDWDS and the Pontifical Council for Culture. Forty questions are offered under the following headings: Formation … Continue reading

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Wandering In A Musical Wilderness

On the Chant Cafe I noticed an earnest and heartfelt essay from the viewpoint of the organ bench and choir loft. I really feel for people who seem to be in anguish about church music. I think one problem, a … Continue reading

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