Category Archives: Liturgical Music

Reform2 Dialogues OCP

A friend has posted communications to and fro with the West Coast’s big liturgical music publisher. The effort started here. The Chant Café ban is back in place for me, so I thought I’d engage Charles out of sight/site from … Continue reading

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Seen But Not Here

Laurence Rosania’s “The Supper of the Lord” has tripped up a few Catholics since its first appearance twenty years ago. For a line that begins with such a Catholic thought, how could it go so wrong so fast? Precious body, precious … Continue reading

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Profanation Versus Sanctification

My friend Charles has had a near-monopoly at the Chant Cafe this week, and I was struck by his musings on profanation via music at the Mass. The tune I remember as a kid from my mom’s PP&M vinyl as … Continue reading

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From Music?

A few of my Omaha friends have introduced me as their “former choir director” from Ames. I feel pleased with their regard for me, but in fact, I haven’t ever been in a situation of being a music director in … Continue reading

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Presumptions

Yesterday morning I fielded a phone call as I was pulling into the parking lot of my wife’s ear surgeon. This pre-planned and “simple,” small funeral that had baffled many of us on staff and on the bereavement team threw … Continue reading

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Lining Up Antiphons

One of our graduating students and I have been working on the parish summer music plan. It’s not too clear if she will be here to be part of it. But since she might be looking at an eventual career … Continue reading

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Joyful Alleluia

One of the parish’s favorite settings for the Gospel Acclamation is a nearly hidden chestnut in the GIA catalogue by Howard Hughes, SM. We pull it out for Christmas and Easter seasons. The most difficult thing is getting one or … Continue reading

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