Category Archives: Liturgical Music

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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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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