Category Archives: Liturgical Music

Singing The “Unsingable”

During the prelude of my parish’s funeral Mass today, one of my singers rendered this chestnut of modern sacred music as a solo. It brought to mind my experience of that piece thirty-plus years ago in another parish. During my grad … Continue reading

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When Worship Ends

I saw this essay linked on CMAA’s forum, and a discussion there ensued. I can’t speak for the details and rubrics of Methodist worship. I do know that many church musicians have a certain understanding of tradition, denominational or local. Sometimes … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Blessing New Hymnals

How do new hymnals in a parish get introduced? Fund-raising campaign? Negotiation with the finance committee? Your people come to Mass one weekend, and surprise! New books. Some of you may know the Book of Blessings provides for the blessing … Continue reading

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Summer Common Psalms

One of my parish’s better singers wrote to me about the high(er) bar I’ve placed on psalmists, and it’s continued through June and July: I know I have struggled with several this summer, and I’ve watched other cantors have trouble as … Continue reading

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Sunday Mass Without Music

Pondering that (usually early) Sunday Mass without music, I was thinking back to the parishes I’ve served over the years. My first parish had music at the 8AM Mass, even the Gloria. But the repertoire was basic, and generally different … Continue reading

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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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