Saturday, May 30, 2009

Friday, May 29, 2009

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Second Sunday after Pentecost

For June 14, 2009 which is the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost, we are going to sing:
  1. Procession: Come, Holy Ghost, Creator Blest
  2. Asperges me
  3. Introit: Factus est Dominus
  4. Kyrie VIII
  5. Gloria VIII
  6. Gradual: Ad Dominum
  7. Alleluia: Domine, Deus meus
  8. Credo III
  9. Offertory: Domine, convertere
  10. Offertory hymn: Cor Dulce, Cor Amabile
  11. Sanctus VIII
  12. Agnus Dei VIII
  13. Communion hymn: Anima Christi
  14. Communion: Cantabo Domino
  15. Recession: Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
Click on the links to hear samples where available.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Organ Installation

Amazing video showing the installation of a church organ.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Sunday after the Ascension

For May 24, 2009 which is the Sunday after the Ascension, we are going to sing:
  1. Procession: Hail The Day That Sees Him Rise
  2. Vidi aquam
  3. Introit: Exaudi, Domine
  4. Kyrie I
  5. Gloria I
  6. Alleluia: Regnavit Dominus
  7. Alleluia: Non vos relinquam
  8. Credo IV
  9. Offertory: Ascendit Deus
  10. Offertory hymn: Maria Mater Gratiae
  11. Sanctus I
  12. Agnus Dei I
  13. Communion hymn: Quis Sicut Te
  14. Communion: Pater, cum essem
  15. Recession: Hail, Holy Queen Enthroned Above

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Wedding music

Matthew from Shrine of the Holy Whapping posted the following article:

A Friend Writes: In Re Wedding Music, and Some Thoughts on 'Traditionalesque' Customs

One of our readers asks us the musical question:

Now that we are fast approaching June and wedding season, the question of authentically Catholic wedding planning music and the liturgical norms for such celebrations are more and more poignant. [I appreciate his diplomatic tone.--MGA]

A number of secular songs have become popular over the years, including Bridal Chorus from Wagner's Lohengin ("Here Comes the Bride") and the recessional Wedding March from Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream. These songs made their ascendancy after their use at the Princess (soon to be Queen) Victoria. While popular, their use in a Catholic ceremony is not appropriate.

Hymns are clearly more appropriate, but is it better to forego the singing and have the organist play the melody?

Finally, should the priest and groom's party process, and should different music should be played when the bridge processes?

Clarity and guidance is sought regarding these issues.
One very fine wedding I attended at the Madeleine in Salt Lake had their very fine choir sing the Introit in Latin for the nuptial mass as the procession entered. This is, of course, a very fine solution, though it is not always possible due to pastoral politics or resources.

This also brings up the difficult questions of whether bride and groom should enter together, before or after the priest in procession, as they are the ministers of the sacrament, and if the ancient if somewhat sacramentally peculiar custom of the father giving the bride away is appropriate in the present context.

I believe the practice is a Christianization of the elaborate contractual rites of the various Nordic peoples who received the Faith in the period after Rome's fall and is thus a somewhat alien addition to our predominantly Mediterranean liturgical roots, though its antiquity does also give it a certain merit as well. Of course, in such instances, discretion is called for, given weddings are nearly always emotional powder kegs.

I would like to put a word in for another custom I saw at a Tridentine wedding once; the bride's veil was kept down for most of the ceremony, and the first kiss of bride and groom was delayed until the Pax of the mass. The priest used the missal as a Pax-brede, kissed the cross at the front of the Canon, handed it to the groom to kiss, and then the groom raised his bride's veil and kissed her, a wonderful fusion of sacramental hierarchy and complementarity. The veil remained folded back until the end of mass. I do not know if it is medieval, but it certainly sounds like something a medieval mind could love. As a practical matter, it is important to make sure the veil is not too thick as the bride told me afterwards that while she looked quite picturesque under all that, she quickly discovered the polyester veil didn't breathe very well, and unfortunately neither did she.

One general difficulty with discussing this subject is so many of our wedding traditions are what Rebecca Mead, author of One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding calls "traditionalesque." (Thanks to Whapster Dan for pointing out this helpful verbal coinage.) In other words, they're largely new and made-up, without any footing in organic tradition.

The traditionalesque is the vaguely nostalgic, the instantly-invented traditions that so frequently define the modern wedding industry. Even the Wedding March from Lohengrin is fairly antique compared to some of these newly-minted age-old customs. (The unity candle would seem to be a glaring example of this.) Yet, perhaps it is best not to pry too deeply into such matters, given there is so little tradition lying around today already. White wedding dresses may go only as far back as Queen Victoria, and tuxedos and morning dress tailcoats even less. It appears diamond rings went into the mainstream as engagement gifts because of De Beers.

But it's what we're used to, and still remain potent symbols in an age devoid of symbolism. And white dresses do symbolize purity, and have for ages, no matter what hand Victoria Regina had in connecting them with weddings. (And as a bit of a pageantry groupie, I do have to admit where else are you going to see a girl wandering around with a fifteen-foot train and men in top hats? I take what I can get, where I can get it.)

As much as I'd like us to dispose ourselves like Sarum-rite groomsmen or grave Spanish courtiers of the seventeenth century, I realize such antiquarianism is not a going concern. Of course, this does not mean we have to tolerate unity candles and other much more glaringly faux accretions.

I would, however, love someday to get to the root of what Catholic weddings looked like in ages past, and cut past the myths and mystery. Though I'm not sure I'll tell any prospective brides what I find. I value my life too much for that.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Fourth Sunday after Easter

For May 10, 2009 which is the Fourth Sunday after Easter, we are going to sing:
  1. Procession: At The Lamb's High Feast (AH#411)
  2. Vidi aquam
  3. Introit: Cantate Domino
  4. Kyrie I
  5. Gloria I
  6. Alleluia: Dextera Dei
  7. Alleluia: Christus resurgens
  8. Credo I
  9. Offertory: Iubilate Deo universa terra
  10. Offertory hymn: O Sanctissima
  11. Sanctus I
  12. Agnus Dei I
  13. Communion hymn: Panis Angelicus
  14. Communion: Dum venerit Paraclitus
  15. Recession: To Jesus Christ, Our Sov'reign King

Choral Treasure

If any of you regulars have not heard about the on-line radio station called Choral Treasure, well it's time you should. They broadcast, practically non-stop, the Church's great treasury of choral music. They now are scheduled to close at the end of the month, because they have to pay royalties and are running out of money.

It is such a shame that this wonderful treasure is about to close. If any of you have money to spare right now, you might consider going to their site and making a contribution via Paypal.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Rosary Crusade

for the Consecration of Russia to
the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
(May 1, 2009 to March 25, 2010)

“Let us offer her by March 25, 2010 a bouquet of 12 million
Rosaries, like a crown of 12 million stars all around her, to be
accompanied by a similar quantity of daily sacrifices to be
drawn above all from the faithful accomplishment of our
duty of state, while we promise to spread the devotion to
her Immaculate Heart.”

+ Bernard Fellay
Winona, 15 April 2009

The Intention:
For the Consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart.

Please fill up the card and drop in the special Rosary Crusade Box
at the end of each month.
Every person of good will is invited to join this Rosary Crusade,
whether or not, he/she frequents our SSPX masses.