24 November 2019

A New Composer Of Good Liturgical Music

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I bet I'm not the only Catholic over whom a red mist descended this morning when the priest's final sermon - the one before the blessing - took as its theme the football scores from yesterday and his predictions for today's games.  But there is a certain irony in the fact that as the liturgical life of the average parish in England and Wales declines, and fewer and fewer Catholics are being exposed to the numinous; and as the now forty and fifty year old hymns are wearily strummed out each Sunday; the necessary tools needed to beat them back into the obscurity from which they should never have been released are being assembled, ready for the day when a reverent liturgy, freed from the personality of the priest becomes once more part of our liturgical cycle.

I am drawn to write by my discovery of another young English composer, Nicholas Wilton, who has turned his attention to serious Church music.  On his website there are plenty of samples of his music, and on his homepage there are mp3s ofpart of his Missa Brevis which show how much of the music and mindset of Renaissance polyphonic music he has absorbed.

Let me offer you this extract from YouTube - and make sure you listen to the sublime Kyrie at 7:45.



 

19 April 2019

Where It All Went Wrong ... Chapter 203

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You'd think that deciding that it was about time that you read Mediator Dei, instead of just reading about it, you'd end up edified and with a more complete understanding of what the sacred Liturgy is all about.

Instead, you mess up your Triduum by reading that Pius XII wrote this:
But if one desires to differentiate and describe the relationship between faith and the sacred liturgy in absolute and general terms, it is perfectly correct to say, "Lex credendi legem statuat supplicandi" - let the rule of belief determine the rule of prayer. 
To anybody who believes (believed?) that Lex orandi lex credendi was some sort of eternal law for the Church, this comment in Mediator Dei will cut you to the quick.  This is why and how any subsequent change could be justified; why any new belief could take precedence over any belief grounded in the Liturgy. Whatever careful point the Pope was making (and I bet I could guess who helped him draft this encyclical), the door was left open.

Here it is in its context



06 April 2019

Pre-1910 Calendar for Week Beginning 7 April

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I should just add, though the 1867 Ordo doesn't, that Friday is a day of Abstinence. I wonder whether the compositor was married to somebody called Dolores?


02 February 2019

Pre-1910 Calendar for Week Beginning 3 February

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NB for the first time this year the Sacristan has had to get out the green vestments for the priest.