Category Archives: Liturgical Music


The title of the prayer is taken from Latin for “receive.” Saint Ignatius placed it in an appendix of sorts to his Spiritual Exercises. Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding and my entire will. All … Continue reading

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On Psalm 92

In this Sunday’s Lectionary, we get a portion of Psalm 92, which has always been a favorite of mine. The people who put together the Liturgy of the Hours liked it; this psalm appears every other Saturday at Morning Prayer–not … Continue reading

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John Romeri’s situation in Philadelphia, briefly commented here, gets rehashed again and again. If I were in John’s shoes, it would be time to say, “Enough, already.” Followed by “No flippin’ comment.” I have little more to say about the … Continue reading

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Musical Misconceptions

Jeff Ostrowski at CCW blogged about the “problem” of not having approval for non-Gradual liturgical music or, I think, music composed and published by people adhering to an antiphonary yet to be really updated after Vatican II. In it he referred to … Continue reading

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Singing Ashes

I’ve said if there’s anything close to as overdone as the Mass of Creation its the criticism of it. I would say the same about the song that gets automatically programmed on the Wednesday before the first Sunday of Lent, … Continue reading

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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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