Saturday, May 31, 2008

World Youth Day: Catholicism or Corruption?

OK, if most of you don't already know what World Youth Day is all about, watch this video. Is this the kind of thing the youths of our parishes are asking sponsorship to attend? What would Our Lord ask us on the Last Day on how we spend our money up to the last farthing?

Friday, May 30, 2008

Happy Feast of the Sacred Heart

Most sacred, most loving Heart of Jesus, You are concealed in the Holy Eucharist, and You bear for us still. Now, as then, You say: “With desire I have desired.” I worship You with all my best love and awe, with fervent affection, with my most subdued, most resolved will. For a while You take up Your abode within me. O make my heart beat with Your Heart! Purify it of all that is earthly, all that is proud and sensual, of all perversity, of all disorder. So fill it with You, that neither the events of the day, nor the circumstances of the time, may have the power to ruffle it; but that in Your love and Your fear, it may have peace. Amen.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

4th Sunday after Pentecost

For June 8, 2008 which is the 4th Sunday after Pentecost, we are going to sing:
  1. Procession: O Jesus, In Thy Heart Divine
  2. Asperges me
  3. Introit: Dominus illuminatio mea
  4. Kyrie XI
  5. Gloria XI
  6. Gradual: Propitius esto
  7. Alleluia: Deus, qui sedes
  8. Credo III
  9. Offertory: Illumina oculos meos
  10. Offertory hymn: Cor Dulce, Cor Amabile
  11. Sanctus XI
  12. Agnus Dei XI
  13. Communion hymn: Ave verum corpus (W. Byrd)
  14. Communion: Dominus firmamentum meum
  15. Recession: Firmly I Believe And Truly (tune: Halton Holgate)
Click on the links to hear samples where available.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Palestrina, we love you

Here's another attempt at Sicut Cervus, this time as the offertory hymn for Corpus Christi 2008 with Rev. Fr. Couture as celebrant.

Next is Panis Angelicus as the communion hymn of the same feast. Apologies from Tenor 1 as his voice was affected by the aircond and having difficulties of hitting the high notes during pp, thus his use of falsetto. We will be attempting this again on another occasion, Deo volente. This is fast becoming our favourite piece after Sicut Cervus....

Sunday, May 25, 2008

External Solemnity of Corpus Christi

For May 25, 2008 which is the external Solemnity of Corpus Christi in our archdiocese, we are going to sing:
  1. Procession: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
  2. Asperges me
  3. Introit: Cibavit eos
  4. Kyrie IV
  5. Gloria IV
  6. Gradual: Oculi omnium
  7. Alleluia: Caro mea
  8. Sequence: Lauda, Sion
  9. Credo IV
  10. Offertory: Sacerdotes Domini
  11. Offertory hymn: Sicut Cervus (G.P. da Palestrina)
  12. Sanctus IV
  13. Agnus Dei IV
  14. Communion hymn: Panis Angelicus (G.P. da Palestrina)
  15. Communion: Quotiescumque manducabitis
  16. Recession: Hail, True Victim, Life And Light
Click on the links to hear samples where available.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Mark of the Beast Theater

From the infamous St. Joan of Arc parish in Minneapolis, this is their so-called Palm Sunday celebration. No prizes for guessing that they believe they originate from animals, with the spirits of the animals watching over them....


Updated: The video owner has disabled embedding, but you can still view it here.

Monday, May 19, 2008

A party of old fogeys gone cuckoo


I think Simon Cowell (of American Idol fame) would say: "You can't sing, you can't dance, so stop wasting our time and get the hell out of here!"

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Learn how to pray and sing TLM


I am reproducing here a posting from Argent about this...from St. John Cantius parish website. The Canons Regular have given us Sancta Missa. For $28 you get a lot! Here's the section Epistola-Evangelium

Oratio – Epistola – Evangelium

50. Oratio – Tonus Festivus
51. Flectamus Genua
52. Humiliate Capita Vestra Deo
53. Oratio – Tonus Solemnis
54. Oratio – Tonus Simplex
55. Tonus Prophetiae
56. Punctum Interrogativum
57. Tonus Epistolae
58. Tonus Evangelii – Simplex
59. Tonus Evangelii – Alter Tonus
60. Tonus Evangelii – Solemnis

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Trailer for the FSSP TLM Instructional Video

This DVD makes an excellent gift to your parish priests to prod them to start celebrating the TLM in the spirit of our Holy Father Benedict XVI's Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum. You can get it here.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Beata nobis gaudia


  1. Beata nobis gaudia
    Anni reduxit orbita,
    Cum Spiritus paraclitus
    Illapsus est Apostolis.
  2. Ignis vibrante lumine
    Linguæ figuram detulit,
    Verbis ut essent proflui,
    Et caritate fervidi.
  3. Linguis loquuntur omnium,
    Turbæ pavent Gentilium:
    Musto madere deputant,
    Quos spiritus repleverat.
  4. Parata sunt hæc mystice,
    Paschæ peracto tempore,
    Sacro dierum circulo,
    Quo lege fit remissio.
  5. Te nunc Deus piissime
    Vultu precamur cernuo,
    Illapsa nobis cœlitus
    Largire dona Spiritus.
  6. Dudum sacrata pectora
    Tua replesti gratia:
    Dimitte nostra crimina,
    Et da quieta tempora.
  7. Deo Patri sit gloria,
    Et Filio, qui a mortuis
    Surrexit, ac Paraclito.
    In sæculorum sæcula.
  1. Round roll the weeks our hearts to greet,
    With blissful joy returning;
    For lo! The Holy Paraclete
    On twelve bright brows sits burning:
  2. With quivering flame He lights on each,
    In fashion like a tongue, to teach
    That eloquent they are of speech,
    Their hearts with true love yearning.
  3. While with all tongues they speak to all,
    The nations deem them maddened,
    And drunk with wine the Prophets call,
    Whom God’s good Spirit gladdened;
  4. A marvel this—in mystery done—
    The holy Paschaltide outrun,
    By numbers told, whose reckoning won
    Remission for the saddened.
  5. O God most Holy, Thee we pray,
    With reverent brow low bending,
    Grant us the Spirit’s gifts to-day—
    The gifts from heaven descending;
  6. And, since, Thy grace hath deigned to bide
    Within our breasts once sanctified,
    Deign, Lord, to cast our sins aside,
    Henceforth calm seasons sending.
  7. To God the Father, laud and praise,
    Praise to the Son be given;
    Praise to the Spirit of all grace,
    The fount of graces seven—
  8. As was of old, all worlds before,
    Is now and shall be evermore,
    When time and change are spent and o’er—
    All praise in earth and heaven.
Ascribed to St. Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers (d. 368)

Pentecost Sunday

For May 11, 2008 which is Pentecost Sunday, we are going to sing:
  1. Procession: Come, Thou Holy Spirit, Come
  2. Vidi aquam
  3. Introit: Spiritus Domini
  4. Kyrie II
  5. Gloria II
  6. Alleluia: Emitte Spiritum tuum
  7. Alleluia: Veni, Sancte Spiritus
  8. Sequence: Veni, Sancte Spiritus
  9. Credo IV
  10. Offertory: Confirma hoc, Deus
  11. Offertory hymn: Beata nobis gaudia
  12. Sanctus II
  13. Agnus Dei II
  14. Communion hymn: Ave Verum Corpus
  15. Communion: Factus est repente
  16. Recession: Come Holy Ghost, Creator Blest
Click on the links to hear samples where available.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

The Cistercian Monks Of Stift Heiligenkreuz

Here's a great video of the Cistercian monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz in Austria whose monastery was graced by a visit of Pope Benedict XVI last year. Enjoy!

Gregorian chanting 'can reduce blood pressure and stress'

Stress levels could be reduced simply by participating in some Gregorian chanting, researchers claimed today.

Dr Alan Watkins, a senior lecturer in neuroscience at Imperial College London, revealed that teaching people to control their breathing and applying the musical structure of chanting can help their emotional state.

He said: "We have recently carried out research that demonstrates that the regular breathing and musical structure of chanting can have a significant and positive physiological impact."

Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz

The monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz sing Gregorian melodies on their new album - the chants are said to reduce stress levels

The research involved five monks having their heart rate and blood pressure measured throughout a 24-hour period.

Results showed their heart rate and blood pressure dipped to its lowest point in the day when they were chanting.

Dr Watkins pointed to previous studies that also demonstrated such practices have been shown to lower blood pressure, increase performance hormone levels as well as reduce anxiety and depression.

The lecturer also runs Cardiac Coherence Ltd, a company that helps executives perform under stressful conditions.

He said: "The control of the breathing, the feelings of wellbeing that communal singing bring, and the simplicity of the melodies, seem to have a powerful effect on reducing blood pressure and therefore stress."

"We have found that teaching individuals to control their breathing, generate more positive emotional states and connect better with those around them – all key aspects of Gregorian chanting – can significantly improve their mental state, reduce tension, and increase their efficiency in the workplace."

Record company Universal recently chose the monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz, Vienna to make an album after responding to a public interest in the genre.

The company also believes the Halo computer game series, available on PCs and Xbox consoles, sparked a resurgence in the music traditionally sung in male church choirs, as Gregorian chant-like melodies form the main soundtrack of the games.

Source: Daily Mail