Tuesday, September 29, 2009

More CMAA Goodness

Not the Messiah

Wake up, people! Obama is not the Messiah. What are these people praying to Obama for?



Monday, September 28, 2009

Sanctus from Mass IX

Here we are practicing the Sanctus and Benedictus from Mass IX, Cum Jubilo. Isn't it just glorious? Listen to it in context of the Missa Solemnis here at The Recovering Choir Director.

Solfege...Divine Office Style

From the CMAA Fall Pilgrimage...Here we are learning the hymn for Divine Office on the Feast of St. John the Baptist. We are led by Scott Turkington, a superb chantmaster.

The first syllables of the first stanza ofUt Queant Laxis are the basis for the note names ut, re, mi, fa, sol, la which evolved into do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti

New Diocesan Vocations Website

Please visit the new Diocese of Raleigh Vocations website. Here you can learn about our seminarians and find out what the Vocations Office does in asking "the Lord of the harvest to send laborers."

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Fall Pilgrimage to the National Shrine

...where I was over the weekend. Glorious to spend a couple of days with people who love chant.

Visit The Recovering Choir Director to listen to sound clips from Missa Solemnis last night and hear the participants chant the Ordinary. The schola chanted the Propers and the Shrine schola sang the utterly beautiful polyphonic motets. The Ordinary was Mass IX, Cum Jubilo, except for the Gloria taken from Mass XV.

It was a much-needed break from parish responsibilities.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Rain song

This is for my friend, Cathy of Alex, whose garden desperately needs rain.

No, this is not an invitation to liturgical rain dancing.

Creation declares the glory of God

Click on the photo for a larger image:

Source: Daily Mail UK

This brings to mind the Canticle of the Three Young Men (from Lauds)
O all ye waters that are above the heavens, bless the Lord: * O all ye powers of the Lord, bless the Lord
O ye sun and moon, bless the Lord: * O ye stars of heaven, bless the Lord.
O every shower and dew, bless ye the Lord: * O all ye spirits of God, bless the Lord.
O ye fire and heat, bless the Lord: * O ye cold and heat, bless the Lord.
O ye dews and hoar frosts, bless the Lord: * O ye frost and cold, bless the Lord.
O ye ice and snow, bless the Lord: * O ye nights and days, bless the Lord.
O ye light and darkness, bless the Lord: * O ye lightnings and clouds, bless the Lord.
O let the earth bless the Lord: * let it praise and exalt him above all for ever.

Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Let us take our stand by the Cross, in company with Mary, the Mother of Jesus. A sword of sorrow hath pierced through her own soul also.
~from Matins

The sword of sorrow pierced through thy soul, so that we may truly call thee more than martyr, in whom the love, that made thee suffer along with thy Son, wrung thy heart more bitterly than any pang of bodily pain could do. Did not that word of His indeed pierce through thy soul, sharper than any two-edged sword, even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, Woman, behold thy son! O what a change to thee! Thou art given John for Jesus, the servant for his Lord, the disciple for his Master, the son of Zebedee for the Son of God, a mere man for Very God. O how keenly must the hearing of those words have pierced through thy most loving soul, when even our hearts, stony, iron, as they are, are wrung at the memory thereof only!
~from a reading by St. Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Against the rules

Here's a story that ought to chill everyone's heart. In Britain: "Doctors told me it was against the rules to save my premature baby" As a contrast, a baby born to parents at my parish at 21 weeks gestation has come home, healthy and beautiful this past weekend.
Doctors left a premature baby to die because he was born two days too early, his devastated mother claimed yesterday.

Sarah Capewell begged them to save her tiny son, who was born just 21 weeks and five days into her pregnancy - almost four months early.

They ignored her pleas and allegedly told her they were following national guidelines that babies born before 22 weeks should not be given medical treatment.

Miss Capewell, 23, said doctors refused to even see her son Jayden, who lived for almost two hours without any medical support.
Medics allegedly told her that they would have tried to save the baby if he had been born two days later, at 22 weeks.

In fact, the medical guidelines for Health Service hospitals state that babies should not be given intensive care if they are born at less than 23 weeks.

The guidance, drawn up by the Nuffield Council, is not compulsory but advises doctors that medical intervention for very premature children is not in the best interests of the baby, and is not 'standard practice'.

James Paget Hospital in Norfolk refused to comment on the case but said it was not responsible for setting the guidelines relating to premature births.

A trust spokesman said: 'Like other acute hospitals, we follow national guidance from the British Association of Perinatal Medicine regarding premature births.'
Read more. Is this what we have to look forward to with ObamaCare?

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Active Participation

The Pertinacious Papist is running a series on active participation. He's comparing the external actions in both the EF and NO Masses. Check them out here, here, and the latest here. Professor Blosser says this to introduce the series:
One of the most frequently debated topics about the Extraordinary Form of Holy Mass relative to the Ordinary Form is the level of “active participation” in the Mass. As envisioned by theologians up to and including Pope Benedict XVI, “active participation” means much more than just vocally responding at Mass. It means a level of involvement in prayer and focus on the Holy Mysteries taking place at the altar, following the Ordinary and Propers of the Mass, uniting one’s intentions with the priest’s, recollecting oneself before Holy Communion and making thanksgiving afterwards, and so on. Many advocates of the Tridentine Mass would say that the structure and rubrics of the Extraordinary Form fosters such interior participation to a greater degree than the Ordinary Form.

Conversely, Novus Ordo supporters often place a greater emphasis on exterior forms of participation. They maintain that the congregation has a greater role in the Ordinary Form, primarily with making responses. The Tridentine is a more quiet Mass, they say, with the congregation left to do their own thing. How can one really be involved in the Mass if the priest is facing the wall, mumbling in Latin?

Michaelmas Missa Cantata

Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 7 PM
Missa Cantata
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church
Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Summer Job

Check out what some Dominicans did over the summer. Click on the photo to launch the slideshow.

Altar Your View

Promotional posters from the Quad Cities Una Voce. Here's one.

via Rorate Cæli