Tuesday, October 31, 2006


You can listen below, or save the file by clicking here. (46:58/32.2 MB)
UPDATE 10/31/06: My apologies for being a day late. I had the show uploaded, show notes typed, but landed up in the hospital overnight in the process. I'm back, and so is Christus Vincit ANYWHERE. Enjoy the carnival!

Today's episode is part of an All Saints/All Souls Carnival with other members of Disciples with Microphones. You can find other related podcasts this week from such podcasts as Deus Caritas Est, Catholic Geek Podcast, and the St. Michael's RCIA Podcast.

Feasts for the Week: All Saints; All Souls; St. Martin de Porres.
Music List: Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

All Saints/All Souls Special Features:
Which Saint Are You? Find out the saints that we discovered in the names within my family.
Music Suggestions for All Saints and All Souls with several clips.
Shamus' Adventures in Classical Latin, brought to you by iGod: Shamus wreckovates the All Saints Propers.

Gaudeamus Domino (Chant, Mode I); For All the Saints (tune: Sine Nomine)
From All Thy Saints in Warfare (tune: King's Lynn)
Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones (tune: Lasst uns Erfreuen)
Blessed Feasts of Blessed Martyrs (tune: In Babilone)
Two settings of Around the Throne, a Glorious Band (Jesu, Dulcis Memoria, Chant, Mode I, and A Glorious Band, a tune written by yours truly and published by CanticaNOVA Publications)
In Paradisum (Chant, Mode VII); May the Angels Lead You (written by yours truly)
Suite Gothique, written by Leon Boellman, performed by the Cambridge Guitar Orchestra, brought to you by Podsafe.

Check out the Christus Vincit - the BLOG for some new articles as well.

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Monday, October 30, 2006


Bishop Morlino added to list of BMP's favorite bishops

Got this from one of our RPInet friends. Went to blog on it last night and Blogger wouldn't let me. Argent has a post on it as well. But anyhoo, Bishop Morlino of Madison, WI, wrote this for his diocesan paper. This puts Bp. Morlino amongst the ranks of some of my favorite US Bishops (along with Bp. Finn of KC-St. Joseph, Bp. Slattery of Tulsa, and Abp. Burke of St. Louis).


(This communication was sent directly to all priests and deacons in the Diocese of Madison, as well as to the local parish directors of worship and directors of music.)

Dear Friends,
The clear teaching of the Second Vatican Council is that the presence of Christ at Mass occurs in four different ways: the most sacramentally intense presence of Christ is His Real Presence under the signs of bread and wine; the second most sacramentally intense presence of Christ is in His proclaimed word; the third most sacramentally intense presence of Christ is through the priest, who is ordained to act in the person of Christ; and the fourth most sacramentally intense presence of Christ is in the assembly. These four "places" of the presence of Christ are all important but they are not all equal in sacramental intensity.

Misinterpretation of council teachings
In previous communications, I have written about what Pope Benedict has called the discontinuity hermeneutic, that is the various misinterpretations of the teachings of the Second Vatican Council, which have occurred since the council and which now stand in need of correction.

After the council, an overemphasis was given to the presence of Christ in the assembly, so that the other ways Christ is even more sacramentally intensely present suffered a certain neglect.

Evidence of that is given through the occurrence, not unusual throughout the United States, of the practice of the taking of the consecrated Precious Blood of Christ, which remained after Mass, and pouring it down the sacrarium or even an ordinary sink. Evidence of this is also given in the need seen universally among the Bishops of the United States to issue a document affirming and clarifying our belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharistic species.

As I have said repeatedly, everything that we do or do not do at the Eucharistic liturgy teaches. Pope Benedict has called us recently to a reflection about the music that is sung during the liturgy, and in fact our national bishops' conference will be considering this matter further at our coming meeting in November.

Music during the Mass
The question arises, does some of the music routinely sung embody the incorrect overemphasis on the presence of Christ in the assembly, so that people are confused as to the importance of the sacramental intensity of His presence, especially under the signs of bread and wine.

Certain songs come to mind where the lyrics raise a real question for me. For example: "We are called, We are chosen, We are Christ for one another, We are a promise, We are sower, We are seed, We are question, We are creed." Singing that song repeatedly teaches people something, and I am afraid that it is something that I as Bishop do not want to teach them, but we certainly need to begin a dialogue about these matters.

Another example of this same problem would be the lyrics of the hymn Gather Us In, where a seemingly endless explanation is given to God about who We are, who are gathered in.

Pope Benedict has said that the music at Mass is not an extrinsic accompaniment to the liturgy, but is intrinsically part of our prayer of praise and adoration and thanksgiving to the Lord. The words of the songs we sing should be focused on giving praise and adoration to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, rather than explaining to God things about ourselves or even praising ourselves.

When we gather for the Eucharist, we gather as sinners as the beautiful Eucharistic Preface teaches: "You have no need of our praise, yet our desire to thank You is itself Your gift. Our prayer of thanksgiving adds nothing to Your greatness, but makes us grow in your grace, through Jesus our Lord." That prayer of the Church contains the truth about the assembly. We are an assembly in whom Christ is indeed present, an assembly blessed with this wonderful gift even though we are sinners. The music we sing at Mass should teach nothing different than that.

Open discussion about music at Mass
I make these observations in order to open a discussion about the music we sing at Mass, in the context of my addressing my second focal point since coming to Madison (vocations has been the first focal point), of liturgy and catechesis. This is just the beginning of a discussion. I will in the near future be issuing additional guidelines for music at celebration of Confirmation only (which will take effect next Easter), and any further liturgical approaches that we take as a diocese will depend on the continuing wisdom which Pope Benedict offers us about liturgical music, on the wisdom we receive from our deliberations as a National Conference of Bishops, and upon the reflections I hear from our good priests and people in the days ahead.

But I write this present communication in the hope that pastors and brother priests, deacons, and various liturgical ministers in the parishes will begin to reflect on and discuss this particular important matter, so that the liturgical prayer of our people will be more integral with and more expressive of authentic spirituality and theology, and as a result our faithful people who pray that prayer will be even more holy than so many of you already are.

We must remember that as we pray before the "Holy, Holy, Holy," the angels and saints are present with us giving praise to the Trinity. The hymns we sing should be worthy of the participation of the angels and saints.

Thank you for reading this, God bless you and yours. Praises be Jesus Christ!

It is my pleasure, Your Excellency! - BMP

Sunday, October 29, 2006


From Gavin at Laudamus Te and the folks at Cantate Deo.

1. Favorite Setting: Ordinary of the Mass
Both of these are in English, and both published by GIA (surprise, surprise) - Performance wise: Lyric Liturgy by C. Alexander Peloquin / Congregation (so-called FCAP) wise: A Community Mass by Richard Proulx (side note: I said "both published by GIA". You didn't think I was going to say Mass of Creation or Mass of Light, did ya?)

2. Favorite Setting: Proper of the Mass
Puer natus est nobis (Mode VII), the Introit for Christmas/Mass during the Day

3. Favorite Polyphonic Motet
That's easy. Ave Maria by Thomas Luis de Victoria (hands down)

4. Favorite Hymn
There are so many good ones out there. I have to say almost anything in Worship II or the 1976 edition We Celebrate

5. Favorite Marian Piece
Ave Maria by Thomas Luis de Victoria or Regina Caeli by Antonio Lotti

6. Favorite Liturgical Season
Ordinary Time - just kidding. Seriously: Holy Week, Holy Thursday in particular.

7. Favorite Composer of Sacred Music
Alexander Peloquin (American) / Ralph Vaughan Williams (British)

8. Worst Church Music Annoyance
Here's my top three:
1. Hymns that violate the Church's teachings and/or seem to worships the worshipper instead of worshipping the Lord,
2. Sung Mass Ordinary that violates the Roman Missal (examples: Jesus, Lamb of God, Hosanna, hosanna on high)
3. The ever infamous reference to the Entrance hymn/chant as "Our Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaathering Song..."

9. If I could be in any performing ensemble in the world, what would it be?
Good question. Some really good ensembles out there. Not enough time for even one (outside my parish). If I had to pick one, I'd go with the local Pro Cantare, directed by my friend and mentor Reuel Gifford.

10. One prediction for Catholic liturgical music in 10 years
It's getting better - slowly but surely. Rome's cracking down (little by little). Pope Benedict XVI is 79, but he's showing no signs of dying anytime soon. This is a GOOD thing. His cabinet is forming quite nicely. Cardinal Arinze is B-16's right hand man in all matters liturgical. Also a GOOD thing.

11. OK, make up a question for all future posters to answer, and answer it!
-- Name one contemporary piece (intended for use with piano or guitar) that you actually don't mind using.
Dan Schutte's Christ, Circle 'Round Us. Text is from the "O" Antiphons, while the tune is an adaptation (albeit abridged) of the Mode V Salve Regina.

Tag, you're it!
Anyone who reads this.



Holy Ghost Church, Tiverton RI

November 1, 2006 - All Saints

For all the saints (Sine Nomine)
Mass of the Bells (Peloquin) (Gl, Sa, Mem, Am, Ag)
Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face (Carroll/Gelineau)
Alleluia (Twynham) (verse of day sung to Psalm Tone 6F)
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty (Nicaea)
Lord's Prayer (Chant/Snow)
Remember, Lord, thy servants (Page)
Ye watchers and ye holy ones (Lasst uns erfreuen)

November 5, 2006 - Sunday XXXI

A mighty fortress is our God (Ein' Feste Berg)
Mass of the Bells (Peloquin) (Gl, Sa, Mem, Am, Ag)
I love you, Lord, my strength (Page; adapt. from Ein' Feste Berg)
Alleluia (Twynham) (verse of day sung to Psalm Tone 6F)
Lord of all hopefulness (Slane)
Lord's Prayer (Chant/Snow)
Eat this Bread (Batastini/Berthier)
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven (Lauda Anima)


Friday, October 27, 2006

Music List 30th Sunday at Fatima

Ordinary: Missa VIII
Procession: I Sing the Almighty Power of God
Gradual: Basilica Pslater
Credo III
Offertory: O Christ Our True and Only Light (Winchester New)
Praeludium, d minor, BWV 539, Joh. Seb. Bach
Communion: O Most Merciful (Muenster Gesangbuch)
Gift of Finest Wheat
Postlude: Grand Choeur, Theodore Salome


Fr. Erik reveals these artifacts:

Joe Wise, St. Louis Jesuits, the Humstrum Nuns (my wife calls them the Strumming Penguins), Hi God, Songs of Praise - ewwwwwwwwwwww!

Songs of Praise is the book that got things started up in my old neck of the woods (read: not a good thing). Glory and Praise came later.

Father Erik, my advice to you is start a bonfire as quickly as humanly possible, and place these artifacts in it.


Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Put Away Your Garlic.........

The existence of vampires is mathematically impossible.



Episode #53 of Christus Vincit ANYWHERE, which will be posted on Monday 10/30/06, will be part of an All Saints/All Souls Podcast Carnival, a group of podcasts on the common theme (All Saints/All Souls, in this case) by members of Disciples with Microphones.

Also, Podcast Alley has finally picked up the new feed, which means the semi-compulsory vote drive will be going on. Haven't come up with a jingle for it yet. Anyhoo, please please please - obviously we're pushing for exposure here in the Religion/Inspiration category. Any votes will be appreciated.

Link to go vote!

When you get there, just hit the "Vote Now" link and enter your e-mail address. The only correspondance you will get from Podcast Alley will be to confirm your vote. The purpose of that is to make sure your vote gets counted only ONCE per month (if you vote between today and 10/31, 11/1 starts a new month).

Would you please consider giving a vote to a bearded snarkasaurus? :D

PS: Thanks again to Rhapsody for faithfully promoting us!


Don't forget that Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend. For most of the United States, turn your clocks BACK ONE HOUR on Saturday. We don't want any musicians showing up at the church at the wrong time!!


POPE: EMHC's may not purify vessels anymore

His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI has rejected a request of the US Bishops (via Francis Cardinal Arinze) to renew/extend the 2002 indult allowing Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to assist in purifying the sacred vessels.

As a friend in another forum has said (satirically, of course), "Rome has spoken. Let the dissent begin."


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- At the direction of Pope Benedict XVI, extraordinary ministers of holy Communion will no longer be permitted to assist in the purification of the sacred vessels at Masses in the United States.

In an Oct. 23 letter, Bishop William S. Skylstad, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, asked his fellow bishops to inform all pastors of the change, which was prompted by a letter from Cardinal Francis Arinze, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.

The U.S. bishops had asked the Vatican to extend an indult -- or church permission -- in effect since 2002 allowing extraordinary ministers of holy Communion to help cleanse the Communion cups and plates when there were not enough priests or deacons to do so.

Bishop Skylstad, who heads the Diocese of Spokane, Wash., said Cardinal Arinze asked Pope Benedict about the matter during a June 9 audience, "and received a response in the negative."

Noting that the General Instruction of the Roman Missal "directs that the sacred vessels are to be purified by the priest, the deacon or an instituted acolyte," the cardinal said in his Oct. 12 letter that "it does not seem feasible, therefore, for the congregation to grant the requested indult from this directive in the general law of the Latin Church."

Although receiving Communion under both kinds is a "more complete" sign of the sacrament's meaning, Cardinal Arinze said, "Christ is fully present under each of the species."

"Communion under the species of the bread alone, as a consequence, makes it possible to receive all the fruit of eucharistic grace," he added.

Another "legitimate option" when "the high number of communicants may render it inadvisable for everyone to drink from the chalice" is intinction -- the practice of dipping the consecrated host into the consecrated wine -- "with reception on the tongue always and everywhere," the cardinal's letter said.

Along with the letters from Bishop Skylstad and Cardinal Arinze, bishops received a new resource prepared by the bishops' Committee on the Liturgy titled "Seven Questions on the Distribution of Holy Communion Under Both Kinds."

The committee document also suggested distribution of Communion by consecrated bread alone or by intinction when the number of communicants makes the purification of vessels by priests, deacons or instituted acolytes alone "pastorally problematic."

"Priests should also keep in mind potential risks associated with intinction, especially in the coming flu season," the document added.

The committee said extraordinary ministers of holy Communion may continue to "consume what remains of the precious blood from their chalice of distribution with permission of the diocesan bishop."

The document notes that the "extraordinary ministry" by which laypeople distribute Communion "was created exclusively for those instances where there are not enough ordinary ministers to distribute holy Communion, due to the consummate importance of assuring that the faithful have the opportunity to receive holy Communion at Mass, even when it is distributed under both species."

Ordinary ministers of Communion are priests and deacons, with instituted acolytes being permitted in the Roman Missal to help the priest or deacon "to purify and arrange the sacred vessels."

In the United States, instituted acolytes, who must be male, generally are seminarians preparing for priesthood.


All Saints Day at the Cathedral

Tues. 5:30 pm, Wed. 12 noon
(Also Wed. 6:45 am with no music, and 9:30 school Mass with their own music)

Prelude: Prelude on "For All the Saints" - Paul Bouman

Entrance: For All the Saints / SINE NOMINE

Gloria: Carroll T. Andrews

Psalm 24: Michel Guimont

Celtic Alleluia

Offertory: Blest are They

Sanctus, etc.: Community Mass

Agnus Dei: Proulx in F

Communion: This is the Feast / FESTIVAL CANTICLE

Recessional: Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones / LASST UNS ERFREUEN

Postlude: Lasst uns erfreuen -- Randall DeBruyn

OT 30 at the Cathedral

Prelude: Consonance -- Calvin Hampton

Entrance: Alleluia! Sing to Jesus / HYFRYDOL

Gloria: Carroll T. Andrews (Peter Jones at 11)

Psalm 126: Gelineau

Celtic Alleluia

Offertory: You Are Mine

Anthem (11): Open Thou Mine Eyes -- John Rutter

Sanctus: Vermulst Peoples Mass (Proulx acc.)
Acclamation: Englert in C
Danish Amen

Agnus Dei: Isele in D

Communion: At That First Eucharist / UNDE ET MEMORES

Recessional: There's a Wideness in God's Mercy / IN BABILONE

Postlude: Fugue sur les jeux d'anches (Mass for the Parishes) -- Francois Couperin

Tuesday, October 24, 2006


James McMillan's speech is posted here in the Catholic Herald. Hat Tip to Jeffrey Tucker.

This speech in excerpts with my commentary in blue.

In recent times the Church has developed uneasy relations with its musicians. Growing up in the 1960s and 70s I was aware of a creeping separation between my serious engagement with the study of music, the application and practice of assiduously honed skills, and what the Church seemed to need and want for its liturgy. Mr. McMillan must be about my age, then.
I soon discovered that most serious Catholic musicians were being repulsed by an increasingly rigid misinterpretation of the Second Vatican Council’s reforms on music. "Misinterpretations" is the word I try to tell the Tridentine folk - that it wasn't Vatican II that gave us the mess we have, but the blatant convenient misinterpretations created by the progressive front. Clergy and “liturgists” began expressing a scarcely veiled disdain for the very expertise and learning that musicians had sought to acquire. "Liturgists" - blech! "LiturGEISTS" maybe. And why would a parish want to hire a seperate liturgist to begin with? The priest is your liturgist. You want me to be your parish liturgist for thirty or forty grand a year? Sure. I'll just tell you to read the black and do the red, then eliminate my own position. Serious musicians were more and more caricatured as elitists, reactionaries and Tridentinists by a new philistinism in the Church. That still happens today in message boards run by certain big-wig organizations.
Many of those who were not subdued into a state of quietism defected to Anglican and Lutheran parishes where their skills as organists, choral directors and singers were greatly appreciated. I had considered it a couple of decades ago, but then realized that victory will come soon enough for real liturgical music.
There is also great potential for new forms to suit the vernacular liturgies. Gelineau and Taizé are the most obvious examples of how the modern church can respond to its great musical calling. Both are very good, but instead, we get Haugen, Haas, Landry, and the St. Louis Jesuits. And before that, it was MotherRat Thy Feet and Good Night Sweet Jesus.

But don't take my word for it. Read the whole speech. And check out all the document citations Mr. McMillan points out at the end - all of which often get either ignored or deliberately misconceived by progressive clergy and liturgeists.


Monday, October 23, 2006


You can listen below, or save the file by clicking here. (31:55/21.9 MB)
Today we have a brand spankin' new Catholic Lost 45: O God of Love, O King of Peace (pick either name, it's the same tune: Quebec or Hesperus).

Feasts for the Week: St. John of Capistrano; St. Anthony Mary Claret; SS. Simon and Jude, Apostles
Music List: Twenty-Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time.

O God, Our Help in Ages Past (tune: St. Anne); Our Blessing Cup (written by yours truly);
O God of Love, O King of Peace (tune: Quebec);
Prelude, written by Johann Sebastian Bach (BWV 1007), performed by Don Chihuahua, courtesy of Podsafe.

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Blogs and other links mentioned in News from the Blogosphere and Last Things:
Alabama Improper, Argent by the Tiber,
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception,
The Cafeteria Is Closed, Christus Vincit - the BLOG, Laudamus Te,
Paul Nichols and his Better in Latin superstore,
The Spirit's Sword, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Young Fogeys

Shamus wreckovates O Quam Suavis Est Shamus' Adventures in Classical Latin, courtesy of Vatican Liturgical Press.

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Sunday, October 22, 2006


Sunday XXX - October 29, 2006

Laetetur cor quaerentium Dominum (Psalm Tone 8G) (10:30 only)
Mass of the Bells (Peloquin) (Gloria)
The Lord has done great things for us (Proulx/Gelineau)
Alleluia (Twynham) (Verse: Psalm Tone 6F)
Jubilate Deo (chants) (Sanctus, Memorial, Amen, Agnus)
Chant/Snow (Lord's Prayer in English)
Laetabimur in salutari tuo (Mode II) (10:30 only)

Praise, my soul the King of heaven (Lauda Anima - 565)
Lord of all hopefulness (Slane - 387) NEW!
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound (New Britain - 451) (except 10:30)
O that I could for ever dwell (Reed/Page; UNAM PETII) (10:30 only)
Ave Maria/As I Kneel before you (Parkinson)
At the name of Jesus (King's Weston - 741)

The anthem O That I Could for Ever Dwell is based on part of Psalm 27. The text is by Elizabeth Holmes Reed (1794-1867), and was discovered here. The music is my own, based partly on the chant UNAM PETII, though metrical. The melody/text-only version is above. The anthem version is rather simple: verse 1 is sopranos and altos in unison; verse 2 is tenors and basses in unison; verse 3 is in SATB; verse 4 is unison with a descant. The piece is moderate in tempo, but dynamically it is very meditative. Even on the climactic descant, I use only 8' and 4' stops on the manual (16' and 8' pedal)


Saturday, October 21, 2006


Two kids, two teams, two playoff championships!

This morning, my son Brian and my daughter Brittany both won playoff crowns!

Brian's team, the fourth and final seed in the U15 boys division, beat out the top seed in Game 1. The score was tied 1-1 after overtime, and had to be settled in a shootout, which Brian's team won 5-4. They then beat out the Game 2 winner in the finals by a score of 3-1.

Brittany's team, who was the top seed all along in the U10 girls division, beat out their bottom seed in Game 1 in overtime, 2-1 (the winning goal scored via penalty kick), then beat out the Game 2 winner in the finals by the same score as Brian's finals win - 3-1.

OK - I'm a proud soccer dad! What can I say?

(PS: Yes, the date on the pic is off. We never fixed it on the camera.)

Friday, October 20, 2006


Hat tip to Gerald.
This gem from Paul Nichols hits home to us podcasters.



Inspired by the following post from another message board:

I'm hoping for a solid pronouncement to the tune:
We by here decree that we the catholic church will have no dealings whatsoever with OCP, GIA or WLP.
We so instate the VLP (Vatican Liturgical Press) to be the only source of hymns for the aforesaid catholic church. Amen.

Speak no more!

Their rule is simple: just read the black and do the red.
VLP: When you care enough to sing the very best!


Thursday, October 19, 2006


Hat tip to Gavin at Laudamus Te.

Two Canadian (in the words of our good friend Anthony) Music Ministers who Get It! They have formed The Spirit's Sword!

Welcome, Puff and Bear, to our Definitive Blogroll! ;)

PS: Matthew is another Canadian music minister who gets it! :) Don't forget to vote in his hymn tune vote off.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


and the Liturgy for Use in the Dioceses in the United States of America

Got this from a message board where we Christus Vincit snarks frequent. Enjoy!
(My own remarks added in blue)

WASHINGTON- The U.S. bishops will vote to establish norms for hymns at Mass during their annual November meeting in Baltimore, November 13-16.

The new norms, which will require a two-thirds vote by the bishops and subsequent recognitio by the Holy See, are to ensure that liturgical songs will be doctrinally correct, based in the scriptural and liturgical texts and relatively fixed.

The norms are part of a new “Directory for Music and the Liturgy for Use in the Dioceses in the United States of America.” The directory responds to a recommendation of Liturgiam Authenticam, the fifth Vatican instruction on correct implementation of liturgical renewal called for by the Second Vatican Council.

Specific norms state that

1. The approval of liturgical songs is reserved to the Diocesan Bishop in whose diocese an individual song is published. He is supported in his work by this directory and by the USCCB Secretariat on the Liturgy.
2. The Diocesan Bishop is assisted in his review of individual texts through the formation of a committee for the review of liturgical songs consisting of theologians, liturgists, and musicians. The committee shall assure that each text is suitable for liturgical use based on the principles articulated in this directory. I worry about the "liturgists" part.
3. Within three years, the Committee on the Liturgy will formulate a Common Repertoire of Liturgical Songs for use in all places where the Roman liturgy is celebrated in the United States of America. While songs outside the core repertoire may also be used in the Liturgy, this core repertoire will be included in all worship aids used in the dioceses of the United States of America. I would also assume this not to mean that every piece in that "common repertoire" must be used (especially assuming the worst to happen, e.g., the addition of certain bad mistakes of the 70's and 80's to be included in the "common repertoire").

The directory is to serve not so much as a list of approved and unapproved songs as a process by which bishops might regulate the quality of the text of songs composed for use in the liturgy.

According to the proposed directory, theological adequacy may be judged in two ways:
* Individual songs should be consonant with Catholic teaching and free from doctrinal error
* The repertoire of liturgical songs in any given place should reflect a balanced approach to Catholic theological elements.

The directory warns of doctrinal compromise. For example, it notes:
* Liturgical songs must never be permitted to make statements about the faith which are untrue No banquet halls on holy ground, that means.
* The doctrine of the Trinity should never be compromised through the consistent replacement of masculine pronominal references to the three Divine persons Neutering the Lord is finally forbidden! YES! Victory is HIS!
* Any emphasis on the work of the members of the Church should always be balanced by an appreciation of the doctrine of grace and our complete dependence of the grace of God to accomplish anything That eliminates GUI (and I don't mean "Graphic User Interface")
* The elimination of archaic language should never alter the meaning and essential theological structure of a venerable liturgical song. In many cases, the hymn texts should have never been altered in the first place, IMO.

The document also emphasizes that care should be taken that hymns and songs should take their inspiration and vocabulary chiefly from the Scripture and Liturgy. The Proper of the Mass is a good place to start. World Library Publications and CanticaNOVA Publications lead in that category. Anyone wanna follow?

The document said that the large number of liturgical songs that exist in the United States have benefited the liturgy, but also said that “a certain stable core of liturgical songs might well serve as exemplary and stabilizing factor.”

More information on the November meeting can be found at www.usccb.org.


Term taken from Father Andrew Greeley, "Young Fogeys" are those priests who have been ordained in the last twenty-five years or so. They're "conservative young priests" who are "counter-revolutionaries", "intent on restoring the pre-Vatican II Church".

Those italic words are attributed to Father Andrew Greeley and thus, the self-proclaimed "Young Fogey" Father Jay Toborowsky in his new blog, Young Fogeys. Here's an excerpt from Father Jay's introductory post:
"Why do we need to re-implement Vatican II?", you ask? "Its all been done before", you opine? Well, yes and no. Young Fogeys who grew up in the 60s and 70s have lived through every "gimmick" Mass imaginable. As children they attended the "clown Mass" and the "folk Mass". They sang the songs from "Godspell" at Mass, along with more versions of "Kumbaya" and "Michael, Row the Boat Ashore" then they care to remember. Even today when they hear such overused Catholic music as "Here I am, Lord" (published in 1981) they realize it sounds remarkably like the 1969 theme from TV's The Brady Bunch, while 1982's "Gather Us In" resembles 1976's "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald". They remember the self-styled "cool" Priests who wore blue jeans instead of the usual black pants, the ones who let their hair and beards grow in an effort to look like Jesus, and even the few who got to wear sandals at Mass when parents made kids wear shoes and socks. The YF’s experiences with religious education were mostly benign. It may have taken an hour out of playtime, but it usually involved arts and crafts and music, and at least they didn’t have to sit with a book and memorize questions and answers like their parents and aunts and uncles (another thing we grew up hearing about as family gathered for holidays). The generation before us may not have understood as children what they memorized, but when they grew up the facts were there in their head to tap into like a safe deposit box; our generation left CCD with lots of pictures for the refrigerator door and ornaments for the Christmas tree, but not a whole lot in our heads. Just because it was done before doesn’t mean it was done well.

Man, I'm likin' this guy already. Welcome, Fr. Jay Toborowsky, the Young Fogey, to the Christus Vincit Definitive Blogroll!

Hat tip to Argent.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


Latin Mass at Saint Smiley's is out of the question!

Paul Nichols does it again - another hilarious comic! It really IS better in Latin!



And fares only 2% higher than Nick!

Your Sloth Quotient: 41%

You're definitely lazier than the average person, but you're able to live a somewhat normal life.
All your life needs is a little more effort and variety, and you might see that doing hard things is actually fun!



Your Sloth Quotient: 39%

You're a little lazy, but normally you're a very energetic and motivated person.
Don't beat yourself up over a little laziness every now and then. You do need your downtime!

H/T to Alabama Improper.

Of course, here's more proof that I'm an 80s kid...as soon as I saw the word 'sloth' I automatically thought of eating rocky road ice cream and doing the truffle shuffle...


OT 29 at the Cathedral

Prelude: Beach Spring -- Raymond H. Haan

Entrance: Lift High the Cross / CRUCIFER (desc. Burkhardt)

Gloria: Carroll T. Andrews (Peter Jones at 11)

Psalm 33: Michel Guimont

Celtic Alleluia

Offertory Anthem (11): The Servant Song -- Richard Gillard (sung SATB, a cappella)

Offertory Hymn: Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service / BEACH SPRING

Sanctus: Vermulst Peoples Mass (alt. accomp. by Proulx)
Acclamation: Englert in C
Danish Amen

Agnus Dei: Isele in D

Communion: Unless a Grain of Wheat

Recessional: Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven / LAUDA ANIMA

Postlude: Prelude in E Minor -- attr. to Bach

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Washington, DC

This past Saturday, the Diocese of Harrisburg made a formal pilgrimage to theBasilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Yours truly served as organist for the day, man-handling the two pipe organs, with the help of Peter Latona and Richard Fitzgerald (two of the on-staff organists). I made some very beautiful music on this instrument, playing from the Chancel console. The day entailed a scriptural rosary, a Holy Hour, and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. I was accompanist for the pilgrimage choir, improvised a concertato on LOURDES HYMN to accomodate the huge entrance procession, and played the Alexandre Guilmant "Fugue on Stabat Mater" (L'Organiste Liturgique) for my postlude. The photos were taken on my cellphone, and include a view from the chancel balcony looking down to the Ambo and the Altar of Sacrifice, a view from the chancel balcony out into the nave, and a view of me sitting at the massive 4-manual console by Goulding and Wood. In the photo of me at the console, you can see the television monitors that enable me to 1) see what is happening at the altar, and 2) see the conductor of the choir, which is positioned on the floor between the Altar of Sacrifice and the Baldachin Altar. A great day was had by all.


Monday, October 16, 2006


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Today we bring you a brand spankin' new feature: Catholic Lost 45's. Our "Lost 45" this week is O Word of God Incarnate (tune: Munich).

Feasts for the Week:
St. Hedwig; St. Ignatius of Antioch; St. Luke the Evangelist;
SS. John Brebeuf and Isaac Jogues and Companions (North American Martyrs);
St. Paul of the Cross

Music List: Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Fill Us with Your Love, O Lord (written by yours truly);
Tantum Ergo Sacramentum (Mode V);
O Word of God Incarnate (tune: Munich);
Hail Mary, by Johnny Proctor, courtesy of Podsafe.

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Sunday, October 15, 2006


Sunday XXIX - October 22, 2006
Holy Ghost Church, Tiverton, RI

Mass of the Bells (Peloquin) (Glo, Sanc, Mem, Amen, Agnus)
Psalm 33: Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you (Proulx/Gelineau)
Twynham Alleluia (verse of the day sung to Psalm Tone 6F)
Lord's Prayer: Chant/Snow (in English)

457 O God, our help in ages past (St. Anne)
423 There's a wideness in God's mercy (In Babilone)
--- Our blessing cup (BMP)
--- Ave Maria/As I kneel before you (Parkinson)
34 Holy God, we praise thy name (Grosser Gott)


Saturday, October 14, 2006


My son's vocabulary word from last week: BALDERDASH!

Shawn at the NLM has revealed all those misconceptions stemming from the convenient misinterpretations of Vatican II by the progressive fronts. Latin, banned? Sure. We all know that's a line of BALDERDASH (that vocabulary word my son had to study last week that has such synonyms as "hogwash", "bull$&!+", "baloney", etc.).

Don't let the secular media fool you by their balderdash. Read here!


Friday, October 13, 2006


There's a Motivational Picture Contest going on. For details, see the Lapped Catholic.

Pictured here is the grueling ritual that is mandatory for becoming a Poncho Lady: LICE CHECK.


Indiana Nun to be Canonized

Full story here, courtesy of Yahoo.


Thursday, October 12, 2006

28th Sunday at Fatima Church

Ordinary: Missa VIII, de Angelis
Procession: Immortal Invisible, God Only Wise
Gradual: Basilica Psalter
Credo III
Offertory: O Merciful Redeemer;
Improvisation on "Salve, Mater misericordiae"
Communion: Come Follow Me, Kupferschmid; Hymn: The Voice of God Speaks but of Peace
Postlude: Concerto del Sgr. Meck, (III Allegro), Joh. Gottfr. Walther

Wednesday, October 11, 2006


(A follow up to this post which promo'd Jeffrey Tucker's essay, The Mystery of the St. Louis Jesuits.)

Diogenes, in his always excellent Off the Record, gives his view.

My favorite excerpt:
You'll remember that the Saint Louis Jesuits (not all of whom remain Jesuits, or priests, or Christians, according to Tucker) assembled to provide the music for the Justice & Peace-themed liturgy at the last Religious Education Congress -- itself an extended orgy of 1970s nostalgia. Bishop Donald Trautman was the celebrant, and he had been invited to the Congress precisely to call a halt to progress in liturgical translation. (with the exception of the link, which I always keep in bold, emphasis bolded by BMP)




Rocco over at Whispers in the Loggia had a fly-on-the-wall view the other day at the consultation meeting for the revision of the American liturgical document Music in Catholic Worship. Picture this, folks: Adoremus and NPM folk in the same room. CMAA and the Big Three in the same room. And, traditionalists and progressives: well, they all got along for that moment. WOW! Well, that is actually a good thing. The discussion was respectful. They weren't barraging each other with such stuff as "Ix-nay on ant-chay" or "Down with Haugen-D'Haas." At a level that high, I would hope not on both sides. In the meantime, I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best that we can undo nearly forty years of damage and make our Catholic liturgy Catholic again.


Tuesday, October 10, 2006

"Music is much more than a simple ornament for the liturgy..."

The following was posted today on ZENIT, and is an interview with a Benedictine brother on his doctoral dissertation on liturgical music.


MONTSERRAT, Spain, OCT. 9, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Music is much more than a simple ornament for the liturgy, says a doctoral thesis defended by Benedictine Jordi-Agustí Piqué Collado.

He entered the Abbey of Montserrat in 1990 as a monk, after pursuing higher studies in music, specializing in the organ. In 2005 he received a doctorate from the Gregorian University.

In this interview with ZENIT, Brother Piqué Collado explains how the language of music can open men and women of our time to the experience of God.

Q: Have theology and music always dialogued or have you found a specific moment when these two disciplines united?

Brother Piqué: Music has always been present in the celebration of Christian worship.

Singing, as one of the fundamental elements, as the basis of all liturgical prayer, contributes something more than a simple ornament or solemnity to the celebration, as Pius X well pointed out in his "motu proprio" "Tra le Sollecitudini" on sacred music.

Here one finds a possible explanation of this dialogue: If theology seeks to say a word, something comprehensible about the ineffable mystery of God, and music helps to understand, to celebrate and to participate in this mystery, especially when united to the Word, I do not think it daring to state that a profound dialogue can be analyzed about the comprehension of the experience of the mystery of God.

All periods of thought are related to a specific music. I believe that both theology and music can be languages of transcendence.

Q: You allude to the "drama of the incommunicability of the experience of God." Why is the drama of "saying God" so difficult?

Brother Piqué: I believe, as some phenomenologists point out, that the problem of our age is, essentially, a problem of language.

I believe sincerely that the question of the existence of God is today already surmounted, that is, it is not the center of reflection of many men and women who deep down continue to seek God, but they seek him experientially; a formula or definition is not good for them.

The language of theology, today, does not help in this search. Hence it is dramatic to see how many abandon their relationship with God and with religious practice because they do not find a language to communicate their experience; moreover, languages to understand or live the faith, languages with which they are told about God, are not, at least for them, relevant.

I believe that in our contemporary period, as [a Christian], I as a theologian have the obligation to "say God," to communicate my experience, to make it empathic, participatory, comprehensive.

It is Moses' drama in Schönberg's opera which I analyze in my thesis: He has experience of God, with whom he speaks, but he cannot find the just, beautiful and moving word to transmit to his people the grandeur of that experience, and his people prefer to adore a god of metal, the golden calf, because at least they can see and perceive it.

I believe this is the drama of our time. It is the paradigm of the conversion of St. Augustine, one of the theologians analyzed, who -- through the singing of the Church, gathered together -- feels overwhelmed by the singing that leads him to tears -- and those tears, he says, did him good.

Q: You suggest a "word of God that moves one." Is this word music?

Brother Piqué: Music is a language that can lead to perception, to understanding something of the Mystery of God and in that sense it is, also, theology.

The Church has always adopted it as an essential element of her liturgy. But today I think that, even outside the liturgy, it can be a key of openness to transcendence.

I could mention the examples of Taizé, or the phenomenon of Gregorian chant: They are two aesthetic experiences that open to an experience of transcendence.

But, just as I explain in my thesis, the experience that passes through sensible perception is not always unanimous: The distorted music of a discothèque can lead to alienation; the music of an ad can lead to compulsive consumption.

But, I believe that an aesthetic experience can open ways to understanding the transcendence and Mystery of God.

Perhaps today, when addresses and words are so devalued, the aesthetic experience might be the key to open to the men and women of our time to the experience of God.

Of course this experience will have to be followed by catechesis and formation, but at least the indifference is surmounted which seems to lull our Western world.

Q: You quote theologian Joseph Ratzinger several times. What contribution has he made to the field of music and liturgy?

Brother Piqué: In my thesis, I analyze some theologians who, at different times, have treated music as a theological problem. St. Augustine, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Pierangelo Sequeri are the main ones.

But in the writings of the theologian Ratzinger -- who as known, is also a good musician -- a theme appears that is key for me: the biblical foundation of the theological reason for music within the liturgy.

The Pope was able to establish the basis for that understanding from a reading based on the Psalms, the Bible's book of music par excellence, and in the reading of St. Thomas. From here he explains how song and music, within the liturgy, are elements that lead to an understanding of God.

In my work, I have enlarged this vision with the analysis of some composer musicians who in their works have addressed some theological problems: Tomás Luis de Victoria, Arnold Schönberg and Olivier Messiaen.

OT 28 at the Cathedral

Prelude: Prelude on "Children of the Heavenly Father" -- Darwin Wolford

Entrance: O God Our Help in Ages Past / ST. ANNE

Gloria: Carroll Andrews (Peter Jones at 11am)

Psalm 90: Guimont

Celtic Alleluia

Offertory Anthem (11am): Now Let Us All Praise God and Sing -- Gordon Young

Offertory Hymn: Take Up Your Cross / BRESLAU

Sanctus: Vermulst Peoples Mass (alt. accomp by Proulx)
Acclamation C: Eugene Englert
Danish Amen

Agnus Dei: Isele in D

Motet (11am): Ave Verum Corpus -- W. A. Mozart

Communion: Prayer of St. Francis

Recessional: Sent Forth by God's Blessing / THE ASH GROVE

Postlude: Fughetta on ST. ANNE -- C. S. Lang

Monday, October 9, 2006


A Musica Sacra Exclusive!

Jeffrey Tucker has made available his article of the above title from Sacred Music magazine. A "must read"!!!



at the Dusty Choir Loft!
This week: Duke Street (Jesus shall reign where'er the sun) takes on Darwall's 148th (Rejoice! the Lord is King).



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Happy Columbus Day, folks. This is the BIG FIVE-OH! Enjoy the party! This episode is a bit of the epic variety (the first one in CV history to hit an hour).

In addition to partying, we dig out two old editions of the We Celebrate hymnal (1976 and 1986).

Also, Mary from Seattle, one of our regular readers who posts on our message board, was kind enough to leave us an audio message. I'll be sharing that with you here.

Feasts for the Week:
St. Denis and His Companions; St. John Leonardi; St. Callistus I
Music Lists: Nuptial Mass for Mike and Christina (two of our choir members), held last Saturday, and the Twenty-Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Holy Ghost Choir sings two selections today:
Psalm 148 (with the antiphon Let all praise the name of the Lord, sung to Psalm Tone 8G)
Rejoice in the Lord Always, written by yours truly.
Special thanks to Jude and Maria, our cantors.

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October 15, 2006 - Sunday XXVIII

O God, our help in ages past (St. Anne/457)
Penitential: parrot Father
Mass of the Bells (Peloquin) (Glo/Sanc/Mem/Amen/Agnus)
Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy (Page)
Alleluia (Twynham) (key of F/verse sung to tone 6F)
For the healing of the nations (St. Thomas/441)
You satisfy the hungry heart (Bicentennial/337)
Ave Marija/As I kneel before you (Parkinson)
I sing the mighty pow'r of God (Ellacombe/438)


Saturday, October 7, 2006


OK, I'll claim post number 800 now! ;)

This Monday, yes folks, Columbus Day (Thanksgiving Day for our Canadian friends) is the day that the US Bishops begin consultation on the revision (hopefully, and in the right direction) of the U.S. documents Music in Catholic Worship and Liturgical Music Today.

Good news - two of the scheduled speakers will be the President and Vice President of CMAA!

Looking back at this document today, especially in light of the progress currently being made in accomplishing what the Second Vatican Council actually intended concerning music, one is struck by the notable ways in which the American document is contradicted by the teaching of Musicam Sacram, the General Instruction on the Roman Missal, and the statements by John Paul II and Benedict XVI concerning music.

The above quote comes from this post from Musica Sacra (CMAA's official blog). The post also points out three key points that support the above italicized paragraph. It's an excellent read.



From Domini Sumus:
Yes, I am the problem with the Church and I am proud of it. If you believe that scripture and the prayers of the Mass don't need to be secularized, that reception of the Eucharist should be reserved for Catholics, and that the rubrics and Church doctrines are meant to be followed, then you are the problem with the Catholic Church too. Congratulations!

Same goes with music. Consider me part of the problem as well - and proud of it!

(PS: Read the whole post. Heh, heh, heh - she said "snarky"! I think she's been reading our blog a little too much LOL)


Hat tip to Jeffrey Tucker at the NLM.

Next month, 80 students from the Madeleine Choir School will be going to Rome.

Full details here (note: they got one paragraph wrong - error in bold)
When it was time to rehearse "Ave Verum," whose words are in Italian (correction: Latin), Malinka urged the students to be careful of their pronunciation. "You have to be careful to say vehrgeenay, not vurgunay," she reminded them about the Italian (correction: Latin) word virgine. Otherwise, those folks in Rome might say, "They must be an American choir."

They're going over to St. Francis in Assisi as well. The iPadre was there not too long ago. He's got the podcasts to prove it!


Evensong and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, OT 27

Prelude: Evensong -- Healey Willan

Office Hymn: The Day You Gave Us, Lord, Has Ended / ST. CLEMENT

Psalm 110: LBW Tone I
Psalm 111: LBW Tone II
Revelation Canticle: Howard Hughes

Responsory: NFB

Magnificat: LBW Tone IX

Lord's Prayer: chant

Benediction Hymn: Tantum Ergo / ST. THOMAS

Hymn of Praise: Holy God, We Praise Thy Name / GROSSER GOTT

Postlude: Fugue in F -- attr. to Bach

We have a Redemptorist priest visiting us this weekend, who will preach at all Masses this weekend, and lead an afternoon of Eucharistic Adoration/reflection Sunday from 3p to 6p. At 6p, we will celebrate the above. This Eucharistic Day replaces this year's parish mission and/or 40 Hours, because of scheduling conflicts. This same Redemptorist will lead next year's parish mission.


Thursday, October 5, 2006

For those readers of our blog who do not yet know about the Church Music Association of America, you may want to check out the website at www.musicasacra.com. For $30 annually, you can become a member and receive the excellent journal Sacred Music. The CMAA journal is actually the only journal I do read cover-to-cover, since all of the articles contained in each issue has specifically to do with our work as church musicians and choir directors. Plus, the CMAA meets yearly for its Sacred Music Colloquium, a week-long session of chant and polyphony study and discussion of "what's going on now" in the realm of sacred music. As a colloquium participant (full, active and conscious, of course), you will meet other directors of music, organists, and choral singers from around the nation (the world, too). Join the CMAA. Make your parish join CMAA. One Fatima Church parishioner read my report in the Diocesan newspaper about last summer's CMAA Colloquium at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and became so excited to learn that chant and polyphony were still being studied and fostered for use at Mass, that she joined the CMAA as well as the choir!

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

27th Sunday at Fatima

Procession: The King of Love
Ordinary: Missa VIII
Gradual: Basilica Psalter
Credo III
Offertory: The Majesty and the Glory, Tom Fettke
Communion: Draw Near and Take, Adagio from Chorale No. 3, a minor, Cesar Franck
Postlude: Chorale No. 3, a minor, Cesar Franck (opening and conclusion)

Red Mass and OT 27

Red Mass
annual event sponsored by the St. Thomas More Society of Central PA

Most Rev. Kevin Rhoades, Bishop of Harrisburg, Celebrant
Most Rev. Charles Chaput, OFM Cap, Archbishop of Denver, Homilist

Procession of the Dignitaries (judges, justices, law professors): Trumpet Tune in D -- John Stanley

Entrance Hymn: Come Holy Ghost / LAMBILOTTE

Confiteor and Chanted Kyrie

Psalm: tone I

Salisbury Alleluia

Offertory: Prayer of St. Francis - Temple

Sanctus, etc.: Community Mass

Agnus Dei: Proulx in F

Communion: Gift of Finest Wheat / BICENTENNIAL

Recessional: God of Our Fathers / NATIONAL HYMN

Postlude: P & F in C -- Bach


OT 27

Prelude: Improvisation on "When Love is Found" -- Aaron David Miller

Entrance: O God beyond All Praising / THAXTED (descant R. Hobby)

Gloria: Carroll Andrews (Peter Jones at 11am)

Psalm 128: Guimont

Celtic Alleluia

Offertory Anthem (11am): For the Beauty of the Earth -- Rutter

Offertory Hymn: I Have Loved You

Sanctus: Vermulst Peoples Mass (alt. accomp by Proulx)
Acclamation C: Eugene Englert
Danish Amen

Agnus Dei: Isele in D

Communion: At That First Eucharist / UNDE ET MEMORES

Recessional: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling / HYFRYDOL

Postlude: O God beyond All Praising -- Cherwien

Tuesday, October 3, 2006


At the Caveman Ecole de Dance! Everything from

The Lord's Prayer


The Macarena? (ouch!)

But, we'll write this off as another thrill for a certain left coast Cardinal. LMAO!



Hat tip to Jeffrey Tucker of The New Liturgical Movement

The big fear??? The matter of "who's sending who?!"

If the majority of representatives attending this meeting happen to be the left wing sect of a certain organization, the reform of the reform may be in big trouble. Same goes with having a bevy of reps from Voice of the Faithful or Call to Action or (worst of all) NOW. We pray that, on October 9, those organizations who appreciate good liturgy and realize that the "reform of the reform" is needed will send ample representatives to help bring the liturgy back to its full sacredness.

Jeffrey Tucker states:
To be sure, something needs to be done. It is not widely acknowledged that dramatic musical changes that occurred after the early 70s drove millions from their parishes. This was a terrible tragedy that is rarely spoken about with any degree of frankness. In the last decades, the sad state of Catholic music has become fodder for comedy send ups, an embarrassment for the serious musicians who remain faithful Catholics, and the subject of many sermons and declarations from Church authorities.
Every effort has been made by Rome to stop the madness and restore some clarity to the issue.

Read his whole post here.



Reading these guys can sometimes even beat out reading the Sunday comics!

Between reading about those e-coli deaths from spinach and now good old Popeye, all I can say is I'M SO GLAD I NEVER LIKED SPINACH.

"Me life now is finished,
'cus I eats me spinach,"
says Popeye the Sailor Man.

And here's their take on the Novus Ordo while y'er at it. ;)



can be read at The New Liturgical Movement. Kudos to Jeffrey Tucker!

Monday, October 2, 2006


Introducing Holy Ghost Conspiracies (NOTE: no relation in any way to my parish, also called Holy Ghost). Just to prove to you how good this parody blog is - Ace parody writer The Curt Jester says it looks like a promising new parody blog.

Check out the Tone Deaf Kit he's selling! Hilarious!



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Our first show as Christus Vincit ANYWHERE! But since the 48 shows from our old podcast will be moving here as well, the numbering sequence shall remain unbroken.
iTunes and Odeo have picked us up. We're just waiting on Podcast Alley. Once we do that, the link on the main page will be fixed.

In today's show we are continuing on music that we wish would show up in OCP's annual music issue. Sections P through S. 35 titles, bringing the new running total to 202 over seven shows.

We have a BRAND SPANKIN' NEW intro. We also discuss the new digs a bit, then we proclaim the good news of two of our choir members getting married.

Feasts for the Week:
Guardian Angels; St. Francis of Assisi; St. Bruno;
Bl. Marie-Rose Durocher; Our Lady of the Rosary

Yesterday's Music: The 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

I Cieli Immensi (written by Benedetto Marcello)
The Worship of God in Nature (written by Ludwig van Beethoven)
Praise the Lord, ye Heav'ns, Adore Him (using three tunes: Hymn to Joy, Hyfrydol, and Austria)
Childlike Faith by Johnny Proctor, brought to you by the Podsafe Music Network.

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This post below comes from Fugli, a medeival-style musician whose music has been featured on the podcast.

Many modern bards [ http://modernbard.org/ ] have a "home faire" that basically defines their character. For me it is the King Arthur Faire. This is the basic information that I normally send to the Renaissance Festival Podcast. Since your podcast has played some of my music in the last year, I thought I’d send the same information your way.

This coming weekend [Oct 7&8, 2006] the Annual King Arthur Faire [ http://www.kingarthurfair.com/ ] is being held in Stroud, Oklahoma. This Medieval Faire places a young King Arthur in an idyllic woodland lake setting of the carefully constructed 6th century Romanized Britain village of Carlisle [ http://www.thevillageofcarlisle.us/ ].

Some scheduled musicians include Dustin Cooper, John McGaha - both solo and with the Counterfeit Bards (and if the Counterfeit Bards are there, you know Sir Dyladan will be too), and Fugli as the musical scrivener [called Avis by the Romans].

Sunday, October 1, 2006


Holy Ghost Church, Tiverton, RI

Nuptial Mass for Mike and Christina, two of our choir members
October 7, 2006 at 10 AM

Big congrats and best wishes to Mike (one of our tenors) and Christina (one of our altos) as they tie the knot right here at Holy Ghost. The choir will supply the music. BTW, Mike and Christina were very instrumental in the selection of sacred music.

Prince of Denmark's March (Jeremiah Clarke)
Let all praise the name of the Lord (Psalm 148/Psalm Tone 8G)
Alleluia (Robert Twynham)
Rejoice in the Lord always (written by yours truly)
Jubilate Deo (Sanctus/Memorial/Amen/Agnus) (chant)
Ubi Caritas (Mode VI)
Faith, hope, and love (Alexander Peloquin)
Ave Maria/As I kneel before you (Maria Parkinson)
Trumpet Tune (Henry Purcell)

Sunday XXVII - October 8, 2006

Praise the Lord, ye heav'ns, adore him (Hymn to Joy/553)
Mass of the Bells (Gloria/Sanctus/Memorial/Amen/Agnus) (Alexander Peloquin)
May the Lord bless and protect us all the days of our lives (A. Gregory Murray/Joseph Gelineau)
Alleluia (Robert Twynham)
O God, beyond all praising (Thaxted/547)
Lord, who at thy first Eucharist didst pray (Unde et memores/356)
Ave Maria/As I kneel before you (Maria Parkinson)
Let all things now living (Ash Grove/544)