Sacred Music

Articles from Vol. 136, No. 1, Spring

A Turning Point in Music for Mass
Inclina Domine: A Treasury of Gregorian Chant, Volume II. Cantores in Ecclesia, directed by Dean Applegate. Portland: Oregon Catholic Press, 2009. I had eagerly waited the release of the chant CD Inclina Domine from the Oregon Catholic Press for...
English, Music, and the Liturgy
In 1963, the bishops present at the Second Vatican Council made the historic decision to allow the possibility of parts of the Mass of the Roman Rite to be in the vernacular. This was no small decision and was not treated as such initially. According...
From Elevation to Communion: Pierre De la Rue, O Salutaris Hostia
The communion time provides perhaps the greatest opportunity in the Mass to employ additional music. In most parishes, communicants are numerous, and providing music for the whole time may even be a challenge. The communion antiphon alternated with...
History, Reform, and Continuity in the Hymns of the Roman Breviary
Hymnody is a beloved expression of popular Christian faith and devotion, yet aside from the Gloria and a few proper hymns used on specific feasts, there is no hymnody in the Mass. (1) While it is admissible for four hymns to be sung during the course...
Homily at the Chant Intensive
Delivered at the Founders Chapel, University of San Diego, January 9, 2009 What is the common link between the days after the Epiphany which began with the arrival of the magi bearing their gifts to the new-born Messiah in Bethlehem, the later event...
Homily at the Polyphony Weekend
Delivered at the Chapel of Christ the King Seminary, Irving, Texas, February 22, 2009 The culmination of the music worksop of the last three days is the Eucharistic Sacrifice which we are celebrating this afternoon. It is a "Missa Cantata," almost...
Let the People Sing: Gregorian Chant for Congregations
Efforts must especially be made to restore the use of the Gregorian chant by the people, so that the faithful may again take a more active part in the ecclesiastical offices, as they were wont to do in ancient times. (1) T his exhortation from the...
Prepare the Way: An Analysis of Tu Puer
Anyone familiar with Gregorian chant knows the repertoire is massive and can afford to reserve special chants for specific days the year. Of these "propers," the most musically ornate tend to be used towards the beginning of the Mass, and the so-called...
Saying and Singing
One of the more positive aspects of the American Bishops' recent document Sing to the Lord is its endorsement of the priest's singing of his parts of the liturgy: No other single factor affects the liturgy as much as the attitude, style, and...
Society for Catholic Liturgy
Founded in 1995, the Society of Catholic Liturgy is an association of scholars, teachers, pastors, architects, musicians and other professionals interested in the scholarly study and practical renewal of the liturgy. Their annual meeting was held at...
Sung Readings in the Ordinary Form of the Mass
The following are detailed instructions on how to sing readings during Mass in the ordinary form, in English, using given formulas from the Liber Usualis. This tutorial is also posted at Musicasacra.com/audio, where you can listen to the entire tutorial...
The Glory of Chant
Since early youth I have been moved by the intrinsic beauty of Gregorian Chant. My first exposure to chant came when I attended the funerals of our close neighbors. This young Montana boy, raised in the American Baptist (Northern) tradition, sensed...
Three Paths to Sacred Music
In conversations over the years with people who have caught the sacred music bug, I've noticed certain patterns over how they initially came to fall in love with Gregorian chant and polyphony, the music codified as proper to the Roman Rite. There...
What to Do after the Intensive
Studying the chant for an entire week can be an alarming experience. After five straight days of classes from morning to night, your head is spinning. You arrive back home and find yourself having a hard time adjusting to civilian life--you feel a...

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