Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Prayer of Thanksgiving

A wonderful prayer found in the new Missal, expressing our thanksgiving to God that we (at least in America) give in a particular way today.It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Fat…

Entrance Antiphon for Thanksgiving

I wish I knew who originally created this! In any case, enjoy the laugh, and have a good thanksgiving with your families tomorrow. Let us never forget to thank the one to whom we owe all thanks.

The End of Magnificat Monday… and the Start of Te Deum Tuesday!

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the end (for now) of Magnificat Monday. However, we will be moving on to something almost as exciting: Te Deum Tuesday! Send me an email to suggest Te Deum recordings for future Tuesday posts!To start …

"The priest should be exclusively a man of God."

“This is why the priest should be exclusively a man of God, a saint or a man who aspires to sanctity, daily given to prayer, to thanksgiving and praise, and refusing to shine in the areas where other Christians have no need of him. The priest is not a psychologist, nor a sociologist, nor an anthropologist, nor a researcher in a nuclear reactor, nor a politician. He is another Christ, and I repeat: he is truly “Ipse Christus, Christ himself,” destined to support and illuminate the souls of his brothers and sisters, to guide men to God and open to them the spiritual treasures of which they are terribly deprived today. You are priests to reveal the God of Love who has revealed himself on the cross and to kindle, thanks to your prayers, faith, love, and the return of sinful man to God.” 

–Robert Cardinal Sarah

Thoughts on the Parish

Yesterday I attended the 100th anniversary celebration of St. Thomas Apostle Parish in Washington, DC. The parish is home to the St. Philip Neri Oratory-in-Formation, headed by Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth, Executive Director of ICEL.During his homily, Cardi…

New CDW prefect announced today

I was delighted to see that the Holy Father has appointed Cardinal Robert Sarah as Prefect for the Congregation of Divine Worship. Cardinal Sarah is an experienced local bishop with long time curial experience an a history of meaningful reform, as well…

Encountering Our Past Through Music

Just a quick quote from Thomas Forrest Kelly of Harvard University. In the Winter 2014 edition of EMAg, he writes: For me, one of the special joys is holding in my hands a thousand-year-old book and singing from the same music that fellow musicians sa…

St. Dominic Church in DC Hosts Advent Stations

The Dominican Parish of St. Dominic in Washington, DC is having its first annual Advent Stations on Saturday, December 13, at 7:00pm. Similar to an evening of lessons and carols, the night of Advent Stations will include both songs and scriptural readings relevant to Christ’s coming.

Br. Athanasius Murphy, OP, who is helping initiate this seasonal celebration, commented on the event: “This is one attempt to help Christians participate in the Church’s celebration of the Lord’s coming at a local level. We hope the night helps to prepare those coming for their celebration of Christmas.”

The setting of the Advent Stations will be in a dark church with many candles near the sanctuary. Readings and short preaching will alternate with hymns, chant, and polyphony music traditional to the Advent season. The night will conclude with a candlelit procession to a Marian altar in the church to venerate a piece of the original manger of Christ’s nativity in Bethlehem.

For a night of light
With wax candles all burning
For types and figures of Christ
Worth their lessons in learning

Come to St. Dominic’s
On the thirteenth of December
To hear songs and short readings
That tie the Season together

If you will be in the DC area on the 13th, don’t miss the opportunity to prepare for Christmas with the Dominicans…

Here is a sneak preview of one of the “O” antiphons that will be used:

It’s certainly not a job or adventure. Maybe a calling…

These thoughts have weighed heavily on my mind for years, particularly since I’ve hitched my philosophical wagon to CMAA. However, what follows may affirm the suspicions that I’ve remained a stealth outlier since my joining up. Well, to thy own self…..

Open Metrical Psalm project and Beginners Guide to GitHub

It has been a little too long since I launched CMAA’s GitHub presence, and since then there has not been as much activity as I would have hoped. We’re all busy people, and I know it isn’t exactly apparent to everyone why or how GitHub (specifically) or…

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