Category Archives: Liturgical Music

Musical Misconceptions

Jeff Ostrowski at CCW blogged about the “problem” of not having approval for non-Gradual liturgical music or, I think, music composed and published by people adhering to an antiphonary yet to be really updated after Vatican II. In it he referred to … Continue reading

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Singing Ashes

I’ve said if there’s anything close to as overdone as the Mass of Creation its the criticism of it. I would say the same about the song that gets automatically programmed on the Wednesday before the first Sunday of Lent, … Continue reading

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Attende Domine

When the parish music committee convened last month, it was mostly students (for whatever reason). The unanimous choice for Lent was the plainchant “Attende Domine.” I’ve been thinking about introducing it for at least a decade. So it was a … Continue reading

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Da Pacem, Wrong?

Charles asks a good question here. I and the rest of the world woke up to the news that the second Japanese hostage by ISIS had been beheaded. I thought “This is getting to be Groundhog Day” (no pun intended) … Continue reading

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Three Kings, One Gift?

One of the more popular Christmas songs gets its due this weekend, if your faith community moves Epiphany to a Sunday. A little wiki background is here. Remember: we all like gold. Some of us are “allergic” to (frank)incense. And … Continue reading

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The Non-Festive Lyrics of Christmas

I had a request from one of the group leaders this weekend to omit Edward Sears’s third verse of “It Came Upon The Midnight Clear” which sings: Yet with the woes of sin and strife, The world has suffered long; … Continue reading

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Cold Are The People

Anthony Esolen helps LifeSiteNews break into music reviewing here. He flexes his chops as an English professor, but really: music is more than its text. I won’t say anything about the intentions of the composer and author, or about his … Continue reading

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