Category Archives: Liturgical Music

Planning Ahead

Yesterday I started looking at music planning for the coming Fall. Before I got to work, it had only Mass settings and Psalm assignments in the grid. As of quitting time last night, it had a few ideas. Charles will … Continue reading

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Worship, Third, Points of View III

The third edition of Worship might have been the number one organ hymnal for Catholics for an entire generation. I’ll bring this series to a close here, I think. I looked at the next 25 texts, numbers 552 through 577 … Continue reading

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Worship, Third, Points of View II

I noticed CMAA is onto this series, at least the first post. Their opinions in a growing thread there: This is a strange conversation. Yea, even bizarre! Largely agreed. And then there’s: Troll by proxy Indeed. They sure spent more than … Continue reading

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Worship, Third, Points of View I

A number of years ago, we looked at contemporary hymnals, mainly Glory & Praise. My premise was that one positive innovation offered by contemporary genres was a deeper connection to Scripture. Another was a recovery of the antiphon-verse format of traditional Gregorian … Continue reading

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Requirement

I was tipped off to this thread at CMAA asking, “Are we required to sing?” I know I’ve written about this before, but my take is this: wrong verb. My sense is this: would that everybody sang. Should they sing? … Continue reading

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Musical Introductions

In my last parish, the music listings included a brief instruction for nearly every congregational song or hymn: “whole refrain” or “second-half tune” or “whole tune.” I haven’t used these in my new parish. I enjoy the benefit of a … Continue reading

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Routley on American Liturgical Music, 1979

I was researching some hymn texts for an upcoming parish event, and pulled out the 1979 edition of A Panorama of Christian Hymnody. That volume has sat on my shelf for far too long in between brousings. I ran across … Continue reading

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