Category Archives: Liturgical Music

Psalm 4: Lord, Let Your Face

One of our parishioners captured one of my new compositions, a setting of Psalm 4, nicely led by one of our parish’s fine singers, Norie. The psalmists at my parish are very patient with new compositions, and in turn, I … Continue reading

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Gig and/or Ministry

I was alerted to a discussion point among church musicians, namely the appropriateness of referring to a job or an engagement for hire as a “gig.” I have used this term in reference to church music. I cannot recall ever … Continue reading

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Here I Am, Lord

I missed this posting last month at America. Written for a friend’s diaconate ordination, the story of the song’s genesis makes sense to me now, given the parameters of the commission: His friend wanted the song to include the images … Continue reading

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Long Antiphons

One piece of editing I might like to see in the next edition of the Roman Missal is a shortening of some of the longer antiphons. I’m not advocating omissions–just thoughtful placement into verses or descants or somewhere where the … Continue reading

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Wedding Antiphons

A friend alerted me to this work posted a few days ago on the CCW blog, Three Entrance Antiphons for the Celebration of Marriage. Richard Clark is a fine composer. I commend this work linked on the blog post. Some … Continue reading

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Music In The Rite of Marriage: SttL 219-224

Nine numbered sections in Sing To The Lord detail the thoughts and directives of the US bishops on liturgical music for weddings. Let’s look at the last six of these and the advice given by the US bishops. Paragraph 219 advises dioceses … Continue reading

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Music In The Rite of Marriage: SttL 216-218

Nine numbered sections in Sing To The Lord detail the thoughts and directives of the US bishops on liturgical music for weddings. As a pastoral musician I can tell you planning with engaged couples is a significant component of our service to the … Continue reading

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