Category Archives: Liturgical Music

Setting Philippians 3

If your community proclaimed the year C readings this past weekend, you enjoyed a Pauline gem from his letter to the Philippians. The Roman Lectionary assigns verses 8 through 14 to follow Psalm 126. Most Bible publishers set it as … Continue reading

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Of Psalm 51

Or, more accurately, Marty Haugen’s setting of it. For some reason, the contemporary/folk vector in the 70s didn’t produce a single setting that stuck like Isaiah 43 (“Be Not Afraid”) or Psalm 91 (“On Eagles Wings”). I doubt this offering … Continue reading

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Of Ashes

When I haven’t programmed the song, I get more comments than when I do. Nearly all of the criticism I’ve seen is online, and since online folks aren’t my parishioners, it doesn’t register that much with me. When it came … Continue reading

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Requiescat In Pace: Fr. Willard F. “Bill” Jabusch

An online friend alerted me to this news last month: Fr. Willard F. “Bill” Jabusch, 88, passed on December 8th. … Fr. Bill was a Catholic priest, educated at Mundelein Seminary, Loyola University and Northwestern University. His education was enhanced … Continue reading

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On Gratitude

Every so often–once in five, six, or eleven years–the American observance of Thanksgiving aligns with the feast of Saint Cecilia. Often she is portrayed (as she is here by Orazio Gentileschi) with an organetto. Do church musicians get inspired by … Continue reading

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NPM Restructuring

PrayTell notes changes afoot at NPM master control. This will be interesting to watch. From the link: Noting that “the landscape is changing,” (CEO Steve) Petrunak wrote that “NPM must also embrace change if we are to be a vibrant … Continue reading

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Finding Joy

From a few facebook friends, I know an NPM conference is occurring this week. I skipped through some of a reading session on YouTube, and I’ve also noticed a discussion here about said session and others. Sometimes the discussion devolves … Continue reading

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