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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.

The Armchair Liturgist: Greater Works On Mother’s Day

If your parish has a lot of funerals, today’s and Sunday’s Gospel may be the most proclaimed reading you offer at Mass. Funeral celebrants don’t get to this piece in verse 12, which has made me wonder since my college … Continue reading

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Music For The Sprinkling Rite

The full name as given in the appendix of the Roman Missal is RITE FOR THE BLESSING AND SPRINKLING OF WATER. But if I write “Sprinkling Rite,” you’ll know what I mean. What I’d like to do with this short … Continue reading

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Who Prepares Music For Worship? SttL 119-121

Ten years ago, the US Bishops released a much-anticipated document on church music, Sing to the Lord (SttL). One of the topics they addressed was the preparation of music for liturgy. Who does this? It’s a question addressed in numbered sections 119 … Continue reading

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Care in the Choice of Music: SttL 122-125

Paragraphs 122 through 125 of the US Bishops’ document Sing to the Lord offers some good advice for those preparing the music at liturgy. It should go without saying that choosing music is a serious matter and it likely doesn’t … Continue reading

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Preparing Music for Liturgy: SttL Outline

Section IV of the US Bishops’ document Sing to the Lord treats the matter of “Preparing Music For Catholic Worship.” This is a vitally important topic, and our shepherds devote nearly 3,000 words to it–a bit more than one-tenth of … Continue reading

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CDCN: Conclusion

I like the conclusion offered by the concerned musicians: Pope Francis, in his encyclical Lumen Fidei, has reminded us of the way faith binds together past and future: As a response to a word which preceded it, Abraham’s faith would … Continue reading

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CDCN Positive Proposal #8: Liturgists

The concerned musicians consider liturgists who are not musicians. I wouldn’t disagree with the suggestion for music education and appreciation: 8. The formation of liturgists is also fundamental. Just as musicians need to understand the essentials of liturgical history and … Continue reading

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