Category Archives: Liturgical Music

Attende Domine

When the parish music committee convened last month, it was mostly students (for whatever reason). The unanimous choice for Lent was the plainchant “Attende Domine.” I’ve been thinking about introducing it for at least a decade. So it was a … Continue reading

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Da Pacem, Wrong?

Charles asks a good question here. I and the rest of the world woke up to the news that the second Japanese hostage by ISIS had been beheaded. I thought “This is getting to be Groundhog Day” (no pun intended) … Continue reading

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Three Kings, One Gift?

One of the more popular Christmas songs gets its due this weekend, if your faith community moves Epiphany to a Sunday. A little wiki background is here. Remember: we all like gold. Some of us are “allergic” to (frank)incense. And … Continue reading

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The Non-Festive Lyrics of Christmas

I had a request from one of the group leaders this weekend to omit Edward Sears’s third verse of “It Came Upon The Midnight Clear” which sings: Yet with the woes of sin and strife, The world has suffered long; … Continue reading

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Cold Are The People

Anthony Esolen helps LifeSiteNews break into music reviewing here. He flexes his chops as an English professor, but really: music is more than its text. I won’t say anything about the intentions of the composer and author, or about his … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: O Come O Come Emmanuel

The text of this much-loved and much-expected song is derived from the Liturgy of the Hours for the final days of Advent. The “O Antiphons” are linked to the singing of the Magnificat at Evening Prayer. How did they become … Continue reading

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Pronoun Problems

I see an interesting discussion unfolded last week at the Chant Café over that dreaded pronoun, “we.” Nathan Knutson seems an earnest fellow. He seems to suspect various post-conciliar efforts at renewal. But God’s agency is undeniable: Certainly God makes all … Continue reading

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