Category Archives: Liturgical Music

What Contemporary?

A musical friend forwarded me this piece from last week’s America. I don’t know my friend’s take, really. Surprise that the organ-guitar wars are still waging in some minds a half-century later? She asked for my opinion. Journalist Addison del … Continue reading

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Wings Cited

I saw it on social media, a somewhat critical strain, of the president-elect’s speech from this weekend. And I hope it can provide some comfort and solace to the more than 230,000 families who have lost a loved one to … Continue reading

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Lost Music: Gentle Shepherd

This isn’t really a “lost” piece for me, as I didn’t ever play it until this past week in rehearsal with my wife and at Mass yesterday. St Meinrad Archabbey published liturgical music for a time. Tobias Colgan was the … Continue reading

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Lost Music: Something Which Is Known

Maturity is something that can happen as time passes. I remember being in college and the Newman Community sacristy library having a variety of music books and recordings. There were a lot of Weston Priory resources.┬áThe university community sang some … Continue reading

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Lost Music: The Call

Also known by the hymn title, “Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life.” I overheard it being sung when my wife tuned into a diocesan bicentennial Mass a few days ago. Serendipitously, Richard Clark puts his best into this rendering … Continue reading

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Psalm 116: Our Blessing Cup

A featured Psalm for the Triduum does not come up often in the Sunday cycle. I suppose it could be done during Communion now and then. My friend Brian does a nice job from this past Holy Thursday’s time of … Continue reading

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Reopening

We had our first re-opening Mass earlier tonight. We had some bugs, but it went okay. We were below our limit of fifty. I think we would have had room for eight or ten more people. Our mid-morning Mass tomorrow … Continue reading

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On Ray Repp

A brief announcement on PrayTell elicited an unfortunate snicker from the back of the class. Some traditionalists are not really up on their Latin, it seems: De mortuis nihil nisi bonum. I arrived relatively late to Catholicism. By 1969, the … Continue reading

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Two Were Bound For Emmaus

I’ve been an admirer of Bob Hurd for almost forty years. I’d like to meet the guy someday and talk theological shop. I had a dream two mornings ago that I was playing “Two Were Bound For Emmaus.” I was … Continue reading

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Psalm 118: Alleluia, Your Mercy

One side benefit to having streaming and recorded liturgy at my parish is that I can get certain things peeled off the long feed if I like them. My friend Brian shared Psalm 118 with me last weekend, and we … Continue reading

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At Vigil With Psalm 51

Another Easter Vigil first for me this past Saturday: playing and singing the fifty-first, which is the designated Scripture that follows Ezekiel 36:16-17a, 18-28 when baptism is not celebrated. I’m a fan of Tom Kendzia’s setting of this, led by … Continue reading

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ILP v OCP

I note that Vince Ambrosetti, after twenty-six years, noticed that one of his early songs was supposedly copied into “Christ Be Our Light.” Legal proceedings have been initiated. I met Mr Ambrosetti, musician/composer turned businessman, some years ago when he … Continue reading

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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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