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"But if, in any layman who is indeed imbued with literature, ignorance of the Latin language, which we can truly call the 'catholic' language, indicates a certain sluggishness in his love toward the Church, how much more fitting it is that each and every cleric should be adequately practiced and skilled in that language!" - Pius XI
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From a reader… QUAERITUR: When I go to Mass in the Ordinary Form, I notice that the congregation sings, even if it’s a more traditional parish that sings the ordinaries and the Pater Noster in Gregorian chant in Latin. Meanwhile, … Read More
Firstly, did you know that the man who made the magnificent Garand rifle – which helped to win freedom for millions – was named John Cantius Garand? Speaking of John Cantius, I received a note from St. John Cantius in … Read More
Yesterday I read in the newest issue of Sacred Music an article about the Ward Method of teaching Gregorian chant to the young. Today I received a note from a priest friend in Texas, Fr. Reynolds, about the music program for the … Read More
UPDATE: There is a new video about them. ____ ORIGINAL Published on: Feb 14, 2015 @ 14:47 I announce tidings of joy. The wonderful Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles have a new music CD … for EASTER. It will … Read More
I had a great offer from the Canons at St. John Cantius which they want to extend to you, through my blog. BIRETTA BOOKS – SPECIAL OFFER FOR LENT Biretta Books has a special Lenten offer for Fr. Z’s Blog readers. … Read More
From a reader: Thank you for your blog, your collect translations, and your devotion to the Tridentine Rite. I pray for you every night before bed, please pray for me. I wanted to pass along some information about this wonderful … Read More
UPDATE – REVIEW: CD – “Mater Eucharistiae” – Sacred Music from the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist
UPDATE 13 August: Today is the release date of the disc! ORIGINAL POSTING 31 July 2013 In the past I have brought to your gracious attention the music CDs of the wonderful Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles. They … Read More
It is now one week until the release of this great new disk from the sisters. (Audio sample below.) REPOSTED FROM 15 April: ______________ On a day when the Catholic news is filled with the CDF smackdown of the LCWR, … Read More
Here is an Allegory of Music by Laurent de la Hyre (+1656). The figure is playing a theorbo, or chitarrone, probably a symbol of musica “artificiale“. They had drone strings and produced a rather symphonic effect. On the other hand, … Read More
UPDATE 30 Nov 18:07 GMT: Since the beginning of November, through this, from what I can tell we have sold on Amazon: mp3 downloads – 28 CDs – 177 ____ ORIGINAL POST: Orant et laborant! I was sent a photo … Read More
Just because it’s nice: [wp_youtube]S2NexHZrXP4[/wp_youtube] And… [wp_youtube]Dgr7vlwl2Is[/wp_youtube] By the way, Rome Reports really needs a new voice-over person. Perhaps someone who knows how to pronounce names.
From a reader: Lately, the music director at our church has been “tickling the ivories” during the Consecration. While at the piano, in the front of church (naturally), he has been playing tunes, based on hymms for sure, on the … Read More
From a reader: Last Sunday I attended a Mass where the priest used one Latin phrase during an English-language Novus Ordo: he sang “Mysterium Fidei” after the Consecration. Is this permitted? Would that he had used more! Latin is the … Read More
One of my philosophy profs, a former Marine DI, told us that if everything that goes into our brains has no or little relation to reality, then we can’t expect to produce good and rational results. We will be, in … Read More
You might want to surf over to News.va today to listen to an mp3 by Msgr. Philip Whitmore who speaks about Palestrina, John Tavener, and about the doctrine of the Assumption of Mary, through music. Sadly, he needed more time … Read More
From a reader: I’m a catholic musician. I’ve been reading papal and other magisterial documents about liturgical music. I would like to ask what is the status quaestionis concerning women participation in liturgical actions, namely singing in mass. The only … Read More
In the latest newsletter of the USCCB’s Committee for Divine Worship there is a focus on the Holy Father’s Post-Synodal Exhortation Verbum Domini, concerning Sacred Scripture. I found this interesting: In times of praise and thanksgiving, and in times of … Read More