Category Archives: Liturgical Music

NPM Cincinnati

According to social media platforms, many of my friends are in the Queen City this week for NPM’s convention. Thirty-two years ago was my first experience. Same city. I was part of a music ministry that led Liturgy of the … Continue reading

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Music For The Sprinkling Rite: From Your Side, O Christ

The last of five given Easter antiphons for the Rite of Sprinkling is an old, traditional text. The allusion is clear: the soldier plunging his spear into the side of the dead body of Jesus and from there, acclaiming him … Continue reading

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Music For The Sprinkling Rite: O Chosen Race

The fourth choice for a Sprinkling Rite antiphon in the Roman Rite’s Easter Season comes from the New Testament. The context is the first letter of Peter, chapter 2 verse 9, part of a larger discourse on God’s house, built … Continue reading

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Music For The Sprinkling Rite: You Springs

The third option for a Sprinkling Rite antiphon in the Roman Rite’s Easter Season comes from the long litany in the third chapter of Daniel. You remember the story: three young Jews who refuse to worship their king’s golden statue are hurled into … Continue reading

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Ministers of Liturgical Music, Directors: SttL 45-47

The last of the music ministries discussed in the US Bishops’ 2007 document Sing to the Lord: the director. This person is defined first as a collaborator: A professional director of music ministries, or music director … (works) with the bishop or … Continue reading

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Ministers of Liturgical Music, Instrumentalists: SttL 41-44

Early in their document, Sing to the Lord, the US bishops review the various ministerial roles within liturgical music. Writing of any instrumentalists, the bishops remind us of their purpose with regard to the song of the assembly: “lead and sustain … Continue reading

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Ministers of Liturgical Music, The Cantor: SttL 37-40

The third music ministry examined by the US Bishops’ document Sing to the Lord is the cantor. Thanks to my consistent experiences in getting small choirs recruited to serve at multiple Masses, I’ve only occasionally worked with cantors. Official church … Continue reading

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