Would any music that sings about God be always considered sacred? Perhaps not. There are songs composed that sing about the disappointment, anguish, and disregard for God. Those might not be immediately be recalled as “sacred” or “holy” or even deserving to be sung at the Mass. Read More…
Here are some highlights of the choir at the Easter Vigil we sang at at the Church of Sts. Peter & Paul this year. Congratulations to the 31 neophytes on their baptism and reception into the Catholic family 🙂
(photo credit: Tony Png)
I was delighted to find a video of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger) being ordained into the priesthood on 29th June 1951 (coincidentally, Solemnity of Sts. Peter & Paul). The accompanying chant in the video: the “Te Deum”.
The priestly ordination, is like a marriage. The person marries into the Church, just as Christ takes the Church as his bride. Often, the church is filled with religious communities, brother priests, seminarians and aspirants, family members, friends, community representatives, sometimes government representatives, and the parish community. Why is it such a highly celebrated affair? Why is it that throngs would flock to a priestly ordination whether one knows the person being ordained or not? Why should we celebrate their anniversaries with equal effort to how we celebrate our marriage anniversaries?
We list a few reasons that may encourage us to be more charitable to the priests who serve us as we congratulate them on their Sacerdotal Ordination or Anniversary (they may be without friends or community who may remember their anniversary or who wish to celebrate it with equal enthusiasm), or as we encourage those who are still undergoing formation to be ordained. Read More…
Here’s a polyphony verse setting for the Gospel Acclamation.
Text set to Holy Trinity Sunday and Corpus Christi.
Feel free to let us know if this worked for you and your choir 🙂
Have a blessed season of Ordinary Time.
Kenneth Wee has been with the SPP Choir since 1999 and is currently serving as the Music Director of the Choir. He conducts the choir most of the time and plays the organ some of the time, while taking care of his two young children all of the time.
I came across the German hymn tune “Herzliebster Jesu” in one of my organ studies and though it was the first time I’ve encountered this hymn, the English translations lends itself to an intelligent catechism of the Good Friday passion.
If singing the chants provided by the Church is not your cup of tea, you may consider including this as part of the Good Friday music selections. Possibly apt for the period of Adoration of the Cross.
I have been asked on several occasions on where to start the journey of rediscovering the Catholic traditions for the Mass (in the Ordinary Form). And in several conversations with various individuals who sincerely seek to come to terms with accepting the teachings of the Magisterium, very often there is difficulty in letting go the favoured and popular music that have become staple in our Catholic Mass.
Here are possibly (though not exhaustive) 10 topics that have been repeatedly mentioned at length in various formation talks, workshops, seminars that I have attended in the past as well as books and documents that I have had the privilege of reading – all summarized for the eager beaver 🙂
(All sources are from cited bibliography unless otherwise stated.)
Some many years ago in 2005, I had innocently picked up the CD “O Lux Beatissima” just so I could learn the Missa de Angelis (Mass VIII). And I only bought the CD just for those 4 tracks (Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus & Agnus Dei). Little did I know, that over the years, I would repeatedly access the tracks that were available on the rest of the album as my knowledge for Gregorian Chant expanded. Read More…
Last year, while I was in London, I made a stop over at the Catholic Truth Society just because I’ve always wanted to see what the bookshop would be like especially since they print our Sunday Missals in this part of the world.
In that quaint shop, I wasn’t expecting to find anything that today I would regard as a dear resource in singing the Mass in the Ordinary Form. It was a treasure to behold, my most prized purchase, and an invaluable possession! Read More…
In April 1974 Pope Paul VI sent to every bishop in the world a booklet of some of the simplest selections of Gregorian Chant, much of it drawn from the Graduale Romanum & the Liber Usualis. This booklet, called Jubilate Deo, was intended as a “minimum repertoire of Gregorian chant”. It is, in other words, an official Latin “core repertoire” for the Roman Rite.
It was prepared to assist the choirs and the congregations with familiar and accessible music that would not require much training or competency to sing at the Mass. It also helps to underscore the primacy of Gregorian chant being a staple for the Mass – especially if 1974 would be a time since the liturgical reforms of Vatican 2, that the Novus Ordo would have been introduced to incorporate the verncaular. Read More…