Category Archives: Catholic Music

The Brisbane Oratory in Formation

  And now for something slightly different. Some may be surprised that the Congregation of the Oratory of St Philip Neri never made it to the Botany Bay penal settlement ever since that day when Captain (later Governor, later Admiral) … Continue reading

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To the Most High Trinity

The Holy Trinity by Ann Chapin The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in Himself. It is therefore the source of all the other mysteries … Continue reading

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The speech of angels is song

Christianity has always understood that the speech of angels is actually song, in which all the glory of the great joy that they proclaim becomes tangibly present. And so, from that moment, the angels’ song of praise has never gone … Continue reading

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Rorate Sunday

Desert dew  A little study on my part has revealed that yesterday, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, has been sometimes called Rorate Sunday in times past and even present. This is to be distinguished from Rorate Masses, which refer to Votive Masses of … Continue reading

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Hymns of Lent 6

“ The Children of the Hebrews spread their garments on the road, crying aloud and  saying, Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord! After the blessing of the palms at … Continue reading

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Hymns of Lent 5

  And from Thy cross embrace me with arms outstretched to save.  (From the translation by Monsignor R.A. Knox of words attributed to St Bernard) The Epistle of the Mass of Passion Sunday, 5th Sunday of Lent, in the 1962 … Continue reading

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Hymns of Lent 4

“There is joy for all the members in the sorrows of the Head.” This coming Fourth Sunday of Lent is still often referred to as Laetare Sunday, “Rejoice Sunday”, after the first word in the traditional introit of Mass on that day – Laetare, Jerusalem: … Continue reading

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Hymns of Lent 2

Which hymn, written by an English woman religious who lived most of her life in the Liverpool region, and which is usually sung to a melody by a former Master of the Music at Westminster Cathedral, has probably been more popular among … Continue reading

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A fine word

The Holy Father had something good and important to say yesterday: When we celebrate the Mass, we don’t accomplish a representation of the Last Supper: no, it is not a representation. It is something else: it is the Last Supper … Continue reading

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Hymn in honour of Blessed John Henry Newman

From the Birmingham Oratory website: The 9th of October is the feast of Blessed John Henry Newman, the founder of the English Oratory. A new Latin hymn in his honour has been commissioned by the Birmingham Oratory and composed by Fr.John … Continue reading

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It all becomes clear….

….so that’s who made Mr Inwood so terribly cross. Ad multos annos, Bishop Egan! St Michael, pray for us!

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The Dome of Home

The following short film explores the Shrine church of Ss Peter, Paul and Philomena, on the Wirral. In it Canon Montjean, the rector of the Shrine, discusses aspects of the Extrordinary Form of the liturgy, as well as showing the … Continue reading

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WESTMINSTER ABBEY CHOIR TO SING IN ST. PETER’S

Vatican City, (VIS) – The Choir of Westminster Abbey in London, England, is due to sing alongside the “Cappella Musicale Pontificia”, or Sistine Choir, on 29 June, in an event which will be broadcast across the world. The Westminster Choir … Continue reading

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Publication of the Date of Easter on the Day of the Epiphany

by Henri Adam de Villiers From the NLM Epiphany is the last principal feast before the beginning of the Easter cycle. In this day, the Roman Pontifical (Pars III. De Publicatione festorum Mobilium in Epiphania Domini) gives the how to … Continue reading

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Singing the Mass

Part One: Liturgical Music as participation in Christ (By Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted  The Catholic Sun) St. Augustine recounts in his autobiography Confessions an experience he had during the singing of the Mass: “How I wept, deeply moved by your hymns, … Continue reading

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