Category Archives: Liturgical Music

Christmas Lyric Changes

Deacon Greg Kandra, swept up in a re-anchorage at Aleteia, muses on those words they changed. I found the link on PrayTell, where Anthony Ruff reminds us that changing hymn texts is not new at all. The deacon’s concluding argument … Continue reading

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Early Singing About Magi

Devin and Liam’s comments about “WCIT” brought to mind an issue of certain Christmas songs. One concern voiced about singing “Wood of the Cradle” at my parish was a third verse that mentioned the magi. “That’s why we never learned it,” … Continue reading

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Two From A Gentle Night

A modern Christmas song here. David Haas covered it a number of years ago, but the original has a more nuanced guitar, plus some understated strings. When I was in my grad school days, my music director pulled out a … Continue reading

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Text-Only

OCP’s Rick Modlin explained the policy on Christmas carols for the resources Breaking Bread and Today’s Missal: Lastly, in response to numerous customer requests, we have restored music notation to several traditional Christmas carols … that were shown as text-only … Continue reading

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Song Texts During Communion Processions

The four-hymn sandwich was already fading in the 1970’s, at least for the more liturgically progressive parishes. There remain a lot of misconceptions, especially in the reform2 orbit on what constitutes hymnody and what is antiphonal or responsorial music. My … Continue reading

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A Song of Hope

My wife was listening to this song the other night. It’s a fine setting of a beloved Bible passage apt for the Jubilee: For I know well the plans I have in mind for you … plans for your welfare … Continue reading

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Songleader to Choir

When I arrived in my new parish, we had a few highly-attended funerals. For the daughter of my retired predecessor, most of the choir sang. I was asked about reviving the funeral choir. Since it wasn’t my initiative, I acceded … Continue reading

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