about Todd FlowerdayA Roman Catholic lay person, married (since 1996), with one adopted child (since 2001). I serve in worship and spiritual life in a midwestern university parish.
about John Donaghy
John is a lay missionary since 2007 with a parish in western Honduras. Before that he served in campus ministry and social justice ministry in Iowa. His ministry blog is http://hermanojuancito.blogspot.com
He also blogs reflections on the lectionary and saints/heroes/events of the date at http://walktheway.wordpress.com
He'll be a long-term contributor here analyzing the Latin American bishops' document from their 2007 Aparecida Conference.
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Category Archives: Liturgical Music
This should be an intriguing match-up. Most of the NPM top-25 songs have been going down in polling in either the first round or in the second. Today we have the penultimate Theological Thirty-Two pairing, in which one will survive … Continue reading
One glaring omission in the NPM top-25 is the lack of seasonal music. I suspect that many of these Advent/Christmas songs would rise to the top of consideration, if people had them in mind. Due to the luck of the … Continue reading
Pardon for passing up the polling yesterday. People, you have it here: For some reason, WordPress took out the rest of my commentary: You can hear John Paul II sing Pescador de Hombres here. As for Panis Angelicus, I prefer … Continue reading
Two number-one seeds (courtesy of NPM’s top-four) are already eliminated. Don’t be afraid of today’s polling, maybe another one is in danger: The Pentecost hymn needed “overtime” to outpoll “Adoro Te Devote.” Will this traditional hymn have an easier time … Continue reading
Two double-digit seeds in today’s poll: I heard a really nice setting of Ubi Caritas Saturday night performed by the Ames Chamber Artists. Ola Gjeilo is a fine young composer who draws on plainsong and a modern sensibility of harmony. … Continue reading
Two hymns deep in Catholic devotion. Only one will advance to the Spiritual Sixteen. I suspect the Soul Of My Savior/How Great Thou Art was not an inspiring pairing for some of you. I split up each bracket into a … Continue reading
Seasonal music is doing quite well in the head-to-head polling of this liturgical music madness. NPM’s number one song, “On Eagles’ Wings” got bounced by an Easter song we often sing only once a year. Let’s see how the most … Continue reading
Let’s see if a number two Christmas song fares well in polling with a traditional Advent hymn. Listen to the “upset” winner (21-15) against “Here I Am Lord” taken at a pretty good clip in this clip. Latin text, as if … Continue reading
Today’s fresh poll: Neither of these songs were in any danger of first-round elimination, “Immaculate Mary” 19-4, and “Holy God” 23-4. How will these traditional hymns fare against each other?
As a liturgist, I’m used to Psalm 91 as a Lenten offering. “Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble,” and all that. And textually, I know it is one of Saint Augustine’s seven penitential psalms. Mea culpa, mea … Continue reading
Let’s put one of the three remaining top-seeds to the test, shall we? Perhaps “Lord Who Throughout These Forty Days” benefitted from a “home game” in the first round; it narrowly outpolled its Eucharistic opponent 16-13. Remember the words were penned by … Continue reading
Here’s a difficult choice for Catholics: Mary or the Eucharist. Be consoled we never have to give up one or the other. This is just a playful polling exercise. Two more NPM top-25 selections. Number 10 Ave Maria (fix your favorite … Continue reading
Today we get the first clash between two NPM top-25: “Shepherd Me, O God,” which polled at number 19 and “The Servant Song,” voted in at number 16. Which of these contemporary compositions will move on to the “Supernatural Sixteen”? … Continue reading
Two Latin chants match up in today’s Violet Bracket round 2: “Parce Domine” was a clear winner, 22-16 over “Hosea,” in a true Lent violet polling. Here’s a nice contemporary setting by Joaquim dos Santos. “Veni Sancte Spiritus” was the most … Continue reading