Category Archives: Liturgical Music

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 EspaƱol

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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Survey Says

I found the CMAA forum’s questionnaire equal parts amusing and interesting: Would you regularly like to attend: 1. The TLM (with Gregorian Chant & polyphony, and an occasional hymn) 2. The NO (with Gregorian Chant & polyphony, and an occasional … Continue reading

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Locating The Choir

In the comments today, Ld offered some thoughts on the placement of music ministry. Check the comment and the citations, most of which we’ve discussed on this site over the past nine years. I’d like to respond to some specifics: … Continue reading

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