Category Archives: Liturgical Music

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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The Warm-Up

Paul Inwood writes up nine “healthy” pre-liturgy practices he has noticed. I’d like to peel out number 2, the warm-up. Three minutes before the starting time, the cantor does a brief (one-minute) warm-up, preparing the assembly to celebrate, followed by … Continue reading

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Acclamation or Call/Response?

After three months of assessing my new parish’s musical repertoire–mostly once through each song or hymn to see how people sing–we’re implementing new music, a Mass setting. My predecessor had a plan to implement the Lopezes’ Misa Santa Cecilia. But … Continue reading

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A Theology of Kolinahr

Perhaps it is emotional constipation, a distrust of one obvious way God made us, that has damaged the Church. We are not aliens, after all, devoted to a fictional philosophy of Gene Roddenberry. God has given us minds, certainly. But … Continue reading

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Misa en Español

My experience for the parish’s 4pm Mass is reminiscent of going to Mass before I became Catholic in 1969, or when I went to Mass at the Newman Community in college. Every week most all of the songs are new. … Continue reading

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Singing During The Communion Procession

I noticed a growing thread on PrayTell: The Spirituality of Singing During Communion. My new parish sings well during Communion, and I sense there’s a mature Eucharistic spirituality in place. One of the few laudable developments to emerge in the … Continue reading

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