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Category Archives: Music
I heard a piece this morning, thanks to the prayer ministry Pray As You Go, and on first listening, it struck me as a beautifully enculturated version of a chanted psalm. The thing I learned about Gregorian chant years ago, … Continue reading
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Today, Christ is born! Today, Salvation appears! Today, on earth, angels sing, archangels rejoice, the just exult, saying: Glory to God in the Highest, Alleluia!
Rejoice, Rejoice, Christ is born of the Virgin Mary!
This is a beautiful article about Lo How A Rose, which is one of my favorite Advent/Christmas carols. Most Christmas carols, and most of our popular music generally, exist for the rhythm or melody. Consider how much mileage “Angels We … Continue reading
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Black Lives Matter: a #StayWokeAdvent Lectionary Reflection
Some people complain, “Why does it have to be black lives matter? All lives matter! It should be #AllLivesMatter.” A voice cries out: In the desert prepare the way of the LORD! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for … Continue reading
Posted in Lectionary reflection, Liturgical year, Moral theology, Music Tagged #blacklivesmatter, #staywokeadvent, advent, isaiah 40, psalm 85 1 Comment
Penitential Advent: A #StayWokeAdvent Lectionary Reflection
I never understood the penitential aspect of Advent until tonight. When I was very young, Advent and Lent were both purple penitential seasons with little to distinguish between them. By the time I was in college, the seasons had been … Continue reading
Posted in Catholic, Lectionary reflection, Music Tagged #staywokeadvent, advent, Advent 1B, ferguson, Is 63, Mk 13, psalm 80, racism, St. Louis Jesuits 1 Comment
Neat Nun Stuff
Did you know a nun helped write BASIC??? Sr. Dr. Mary Kenneth Keller, who took vows as a Sister of Charity in 1940, was the first American woman to earn a PhD in computer science in 1965. Earlier, she was … Continue reading
Posted in Catholic, Music Tagged computers, nuns, teresa of avila 2 Comments
A Music Theologian Engages with Pope Francis’ Favorite Music: An Interview with Dirk von der Horst
In December I finally got around to reading the papal interview, and I was very intrigued by the section in which he talked about his favorite music. I didn’t know the pieces he mentioned, though, and I found myself wondering … Continue reading
Posted in Catholic, Feminist theology, Music Tagged francis, hope, interview, musicology, opera, papal interview, queer theology, von der Horst 5 Comments
Salt and Light: Random Mass Musings
Best quote of the homily: when things start going wrong, Don’t take the Ostrich as your patron saint. Things I wondered about during the gospel: – can salt lose its flavor? – and if it does, is it still good … Continue reading
Posted in Lectionary reflection, Music Tagged catholic school, fun, godspell, light, mt 5, OT 5A, salt, vocation 6 Comments
Hodie Christus Natus Est
Hodie Christus natus est; Hodie salvator apparuit. Hodie in terra canunt angeli, laetantur archangeli, Hodie exultant justi, dicentes Gloria in excelsis Deo, Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia! Today Christ is born; Today salvation appears. Today on earth angels sing, archangels rejoice, Today … Continue reading
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