Category Archives: Catholic Music

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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The savage beast

I have always been impressed by those people that have a facility for prayer. I am afraid that I am one of those silly people that just can’t stop their over-active minds from chattering and burbling on: no sooner do … Continue reading

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Victimae Paschali Laudes

H/T to Heracletian

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Finding Wisdom in an Old Hymn.

By: Msgr. Charles Pope One of the great yet largely unknown hymns of the Church is Take My Life, and Let it Be. It was written by Frances R. Havergal, in February of 1874 and speaks of the Christian’s total … Continue reading

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The Shock of the Old

There is a peculiar modern belief that we, as a species, have “progressed”, that our species has in some manner “matured”: this draws on an subconscious assumption that human history can be read in the same way as a human … Continue reading

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Christmas Carols

A strong memory for me, of my teenage years, was setting out one evening in the frost and snow with my Catholic chums from school, to go carol singing.

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God of Nations, at thy feet in the bonds of love we meet

I’ve often thought how peaceable my own country’s national anthem is – so many other anthems are military in origin and martial in flavour. Written by a Catholic poet, it is a prayer, which among other things asks: ‘from dissension, … Continue reading

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The Abbey of St. Peter – Solesmes. Millennial Anniversary Celebrations.

The Benedictine Monks of Solesmes have just finished celebrating 1,000 years of history of this Monastery on the River Sarthe near Sable in France. This Abbey, known universally for its scholarship in Gregorian chant can trace its origins back 1,000 … Continue reading

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Living the Liturgy – The Benedictine Monks of Clear Creek

The Monastery of Our Lady of the Annunciation is a Benedictine Monastery at Clear Creek in Oklahoma, U.S.A. It is a Foundation of the Benedictine Abbey of Fontgombault. (Congregation of Solesmes). Monasteries which are members of the Solesmes Congregation, as … Continue reading

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Please, no tambourines…

It is becoming more difficult to live life as a Catholic in England, but we really have it easy: would you have burned incense to escape the lions under Domitian? would you have kept the faith under the tyrant, Henry … Continue reading

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A Hymn for Wick

Would you be kind enough to listen to the excellent Planxty playing “Arthur McBride”. Listen to it until you get the melody in your head. Ten years ago I was living with my young family in a town called Wick, … Continue reading

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