Monday, October 29, 2007

24th Sunday after Pentecost

For Nov 11, 2007 which is the 24th Sunday after Pentecost, we are going to sing:
  1. Procession: Come, Holy Ghost, Creator Blest
  2. Asperges me
  3. Introit: Dicit Dominus
  4. Kyrie XI (Orbis Factor)
  5. Gloria XI
  6. Gradual: Liberasti nos
  7. Alleluia: De profundis
  8. Credo I
  9. Offertory: De profundis
  10. Offertory hymn: Adoramus te Christe
  11. Sanctus XI
  12. Agnus Dei XI
  13. Communion hymn: Adoro te, devote
  14. Communion: Amen dico vobis
  15. Recession: I'll Sing A Hymn To Mary
Click on the links to hear samples where available.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Papal Address to the Pontifical Institute for Sacred Music



Via di Torre Rossa, Rome
Saturday, 13 October 2007

Venerable Brothers in the Episcopate and in the Priesthood,
Dear Professors and Students of the Pontifical Institute for Sacred Music,

On the memorable day of 21 November 1985 my beloved Predecessor, Pope John Paul II, went to visit this "aedes Sancti Hieronymi de Urbe" where, since its foundation by Pope Pius XI in 1932, a privileged community of Benedictine monks has worked enthusiastically on the revision of the Vulgate Bible. It was then that the Pontifical Institute for Sacred Music moved here, complying with the Holy See's wishes, although it retained at its former headquarters in Palazzo dell'Apollinare, the Institute's historic Gregory XIII Hall, the Academic Hall or Aula Magna which still is, so to speak, the "sanctuary" where solemn academic events and concerts are held. The great organ which Madame Justine Ward gave Pius XI in 1932 has now been totally restored with the generous contribution of the Government of the "Generalitat de Catalunya". I am pleased to greet the Representatives of that Government who are present here.

I have come with joy to the didactic centre of the Pontifical Institute for Sacred Music, which has been totally renovated. With my Visit I inaugurate and bless the impressive restoration work carried out in recent years at the initiative of the Holy See with the significant contribution of various benefactors, among whom stand out the "Fondazione Pro Musica e Arte Sacra", which has overseen the total restoration of the Library. My intention is also to inaugurate and bless the restoration work done in the Academic Hall, in which a magnificent piano has been set on the dais next to the above-mentioned great organ. It was a gift from Telecom Italia Mobile to beloved Pope John Paul II for "his" Institute for Sacred Music.

I would now like to express my gratitude to Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education and your Grand Chancellor, for expressing his courteous good wishes to me also on your behalf. On this occasion, I gladly confirm my esteem and pleasure in the work that the Academic Board, gathered closely around the Principal, is carrying out with a sense of responsibility and appreciated professionalism. My greetings go to everyone present: the relatives, with their children, and the friends accompanying them, the officials, staff, students and residents, as well as the representatives of the Consociatio Internationalis Musicae Sacrae and the Foederatio Internationalis Pueri Cantores.

Your Pontifical Institute is rapidly approaching the centenary of its foundation by the Holy Father Pius X, who established with the Brief Expleverunt Desiderii, the "Scuola Superiore di Musica Sacra" in 1911. Later, after subsequent interventions by Benedict XV and Pius XI, with the Apostolic Constitution Deus Scientiarum Dominus, once again promulgated by Pius XI, it became the Pontifical Institute for Sacred Music, and is still today committed actively to fulfilling its original mission at the service of the universal Church. Numerous students who have met here from every region of the world to train in the disciplines of sacred music become in their turn teachers in the respective local Churches. And how many of them there have been in the span of almost a century! I am pleased here to address an affectionate greeting to the man who, one might say, represents with his splendid longevity the "historical memory" of the Institute and personifies so many others who have worked here: the Maestro, Mons. Domenico Bartolucci.

I am pleased in this context to recall what the Second Vatican Council established with regard to sacred music. In line with an age-old tradition, the Council said it "is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as a combination of sacred music and words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy" (Sacrosanctum Concilium, n. 112). How often does the rich biblical and patristic tradition stress the effectiveness of song and sacred music in moving and uplifting hearts to penetrate, so to speak, the intimate depths of God's life itself! Well aware of this, John Paul II observed that today as always, three traits distinguish sacred music: "holiness", "true art" and "universality" or the possibility that it can be proposed to any people or type of assembly (cf. Chirograph Tra le Sollecitudini, 22 November 2003; ORE, 28 January 2004, p. 6). Precisely in view of this, the ecclesiastical Authority must work to guide wisely the development of such a demanding type of music, not "freezing" its treasure but by seeking to integrate the valid innovations of the present into the heritage of the past in order to achieve a synthesis worthy of the lofty mission reserved to it in divine service. I am certain that the Pontifical Institute for Sacred Music, in harmony with the Congregation for Divine Worship, will not fail to make its contribution to "updating" for our times the precious traditions that abound in sacred music.

As I invoke upon you the motherly protection of Our Lady of the Magnificat and the intercession of St Gregory the Great and of St Cecilia, I assure you on my part of a constant remembrance in prayer. As I hope that the new academic year about to begin will be filled with every grace, I cordially impart a special Apostolic Blessing to you all.

© Copyright 2007 - Libreria Editrice Vaticana


Thursday, October 25, 2007

Propers of the Mass for the Entire Ecclesiastical Year

CMAA has again provided an invaluable free resource for the start-up scholas by providing an online downloadable edition of Fr. Carlo Rossini's Propers of the Mass for the Entire Ecclesiastical Year - Set to Gregorian Psalm Tones with Organ Accompaniment. Download it here. Our choir started singing some of the more complicated tracts and graduals in Lent by referring to this book. It was only slowly and after much more practice did we sing everything according to the Graduale Romanum.

See a short write-up about this book from an earlier blog entry from February which also shows where to get the printed version here.

Friday, October 19, 2007

A New Musical Season Opens at the Vatican – And Here's the Program

Pope Ratzinger seems to be stepping up the tempo. The curia will have a new office with authority in the field of sacred music. And the choir of the Sistine Chapel is getting a new director

by Sandro Magister

ROMA, October 18, 2007 – In the span of just a few days, a series of events have unfolded at the Vatican which, taken all together, foretell new provisions – at the pope's behest – to foster the rebirth of great sacred music.


Thursday, October 11, 2007

Support for our local parishes

Sacred Heart Choir is offering support to parishes in our archdiocese as far as finances permit for the implementation of the Holy Father's Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum. We can help to assist in sourcing for items necessary for the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass not currently available in most parishes, and help to train servers and choirs. Interested parish priests who would like to learn how to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass may also get in touch with us for help. We encourage anyone who is interested in having a funeral, baptism or wedding in the Traditional rite to ask their pastor for it in accordance with the provisions of Summorum Pontificum (unofficial English translation here) and to contact us for assistance. See contact information at the sidebar.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Christ the King

For October 28, 2007 which is the feast of the Christ the King (last Sunday in October), we are going to sing:
  1. Procession: To Jesus Christ, Our Sov'reign King
  2. Asperges me
  3. Introit: Dignus est Agnus
  4. Kyrie II (Fons Bonitatis)
  5. Gloria II
  6. Gradual: Dominabitur
  7. Alleluia: Potestas eius
  8. Credo III
  9. Offertory: Postula a me
  10. Offertory hymn: Cor, Arca Legem Continens
  11. Sanctus II
  12. Agnus Dei II
  13. Communion hymn: Ave Verum (W.A. Mozart)
  14. Communion: Sedebit Dominus
  15. Recession: Christus Vincit
Click on the links to hear samples where available.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Te gestientem gaudiis

Here's a neat little explanation of the offertory hymn that we are going to sing on Sunday Oct 7th, Te Gestientiem Gaudiis.

The author of this hymn is Fr. Augustine Thomas Ricchini (1695-1779). A native of Cremona, Italy, he held several ecclesiastical offices and was a friend of Pope Benedict XIV. Fr. Ricchini first held the office of the Secretary of the Congregation of the Index, and then was the Master of the Sacred Palace. He was also an adviser to the Master General of the Dominicans from 1759 to 1778.

This hymn, along with its three companion hymns, Caelestis aulae Nuntius, In monte olivis consito, and Iam morte, victor, obruta are the hymns from the Roman Breviary for the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary (Oct. 7). The hymns were composed by Fr. Ricchini in 1757 and first appeared in the Dominican Breviary. Later, when the present Office was approved for the Universal Church in 1888 by Pope Leo XIII, these four hymns were added to the Roman Breviary. In the current Liturgia Horarum, the only surviving hymn for the feast is now Te gestientem gaudiis, the other three having been deleted.

The Feast of the Most Holy Rosary itself actually goes back to Pope Saint Pius V, who established this feast on the anniversary of the naval victory won by the Christian fleet at Lepanto over the Turkish fleet on 7 Oct., 1571. The victory is attributed to the intercession of the Mother of God, whose aid was petitioned through the prayers of the Rosary before the battle. The celebration of this feast day is an invitation to all to meditate upon the mysteries of Christ, following the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was so singularly associated with the incarnation, passion, death, and glorious resurrection of her Son, the Son of God.

The subject of all four hymns are the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary. The first three hymns deal with each set of Mysteries: the Joyous, the Sorrowful, and the Glorious. The fourth hymn is a short summary of the first three hymns. This hymn summarizes the themes of the first three hymns, namely the Joyous, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary.

TE gestientem gaudiis,
te sauciam doloribus,
te iugi amictam gloria,
o Virgo Mater, pangimus.
THE gladness of thy Motherhood,
the anguish of thy suffering,
the glory now that crowns thy brow,
O Virgin Mother, we would sing.
Ave, redundans gaudio
dum concipis, dum visitas;
et edis, offers, invenis,
Mater beata, Filium.
Hail, blessed Mother, full of joy
in thy consent, thy visit too;
joy in the birth of Christ on earth,
joy in Him lost and found anew.
Ave, dolens, et intimo
in corde agonem, verbera,
spinas crucemque Filii
perpessa, princeps martyrum.
Hail, sorrowing in His agony
the blows, the thorns that pierced His brow;
the heavy wood, the shameful Rood
Yea! Queen and chief of Martyrs thou.
Ave, in triumphis Filii,
in ignibus Paracliti,
in regni honore et lumine,
Regina fulgens gloria.
Hail, in the triumph of thy Son,
the quickening flames of Pentecost;
shining a Queen in light serene,
when all the world is tempest-tost.
Venite, gentes, carpite
ex his rosas mysteriis,
et pulchri amoris inclitae
Matri coronas nectite.
O come, ye nations, roses bring,
culled from these mysteries divine,
and for the Mother of your King
with loving hands your chaplets twine.
Iesu, tibi sit gloria,
qui natus es de Virgine,
cum Patre, et almo Spiritu,
in sempiterna saecula.
All honor, laud, and glory be,
O Jesu, Virgin-born to Thee;
All glory, as is ever meet,
To Father and to Paraclete.

Latin text from the Roman Breviary, translation by Abbot Oswald Hunter-Blair, abbot of Fort Augustus Abbey, Scotland (1853-1939).

Source: Preces Latinae

Monday, October 01, 2007

The miasmal excrescences of Marty Haugen and David Haas

A converting Episcopalian has the following parting remarks. H/T to Fr. Z.

So it’s off to Rome for me. I do not labor under the illusion all is milk and honey on the other side of the Tiber. It is not, the Roman Catholic Church, especially in the United States, is beset with woes, lousy liturgy and music being among the less egregious. But the Holy Catholic Church possesses something the Episcopal Church does not: sound doctrine, along with a Pope (especially the present one) and magisterium to ensure that it remains so. Sound doctrine will make it possible for me (I pray) to tolerate Masses where the priest sits in the Captain Kirk chair while the miasmal excrescences of Marty Haugen and David Haas waft into the nave. And while my heartbreak over what happened to the Episcopal Church will remain with me to the end of my days (as I suspect it will for Fr. Kimel), at the same time I look forward with great joy to embracing the full Catholic Faith. I ask your prayers.

Conference - The Holy Catholic Mass - What We Have Lost

Dear Friends in Christ,

In conjunction with the release of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum by our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, we are inviting you and your non-muslim friends to a conference as follows:

The Holy Catholic Mass - What We Have Lost by Rev. Fr. Daniel Couture.

The talk will centre on:

  1. The Tridentine Latin Mass - not just an issue of language but sacramental form and matter.
  2. How to recover and reclaim what we lost.
  3. Pope Benedict XVI's recently released Motu Proprio: Summorum Pontificum

Date: October 6, 2007 (Saturday)
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: Perdana Room, Bukit Kiara Equestrian Resort, Jalan Bukit Kiara,
Off Jalan Damansara, Kuala Lumpur
Admission : By Invitation Only (For non-Muslims only)

For more information, please contact :
Mr. Nicholas Lim +60 12 2966347 or
Mr. Cyril Yee +60 16 3619104

Please invite your friends to this interesting and not-to-be-missed
conference! Do RSVP if possible.