Music & Liturgy Musings

Music & Liturgy Musings

The Good Shepherd: The Lamb Who Redeems His Sheep

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 5/06/22

Beginning today though we are still in Easter, we no longer hear resurrection accounts until Ascension and Pentecost. Our Gospels return to Jesus’s public ministry. The accounts of Jesus’s resurrection are few and by the third Sunday, whether in a Sunday or weekday Mass, they have all been proclaimed. ... Read More »

Lumen Christi: Our Baptismal Call

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 5/06/22

At the Easter Vigil, the new paschal candle was carried into the pitch black church. As that single light pierced the darkness, a single voice then pierced the silence: “The Light of Christ.” The response from those gathered then resounded: “Thanks be to God.” Then the light began to ... Read More »

Victimae Paschali Laudes - The Easter Sequence

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 5/06/22

“Christians praise the paschal Victim! Offer thankful sacrifice!” This is the translation of the first line of the Easter sequence which we sing today. The sequence—something we only encounter a few times during the liturgical year—is a poetic hymn on the Mass of the day, usually providing a commentary ... Read More »

The Rites of Holy Week

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 4/12/22

We now enter the most sacred and solemn time of the liturgical year. Once arriving at Palm Sunday, no other liturgical celebration can outrank the days of Holy Week—they are in the highest category on the table of precedence. Any attempt to summarize even one of the liturgies of ... Read More »

The Veiling of Statues

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 4/01/22

As you entered the church, you probably quickly noticed that the statues and altar cross are veiled. Why? We find this rubric in The Roman Missal on the top of the page for the Fifth Sunday of Lent: In the Dioceses of the United States, the practice of covering crosses and ... Read More »

Acts of Reverence for the Eucharist in the Liturgy

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 4/01/22

Fr. Poggemeyer notes in his bulletin letter that we treat holy things in a certain way, and the Eucharist is the holiest of all “things” because it is Christ himself. For cradle Catholics (myself included), we likely were taught at a young age acts of reverence to the Eucharist; ... Read More »

The Final Blessing: Prayer over the People

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 3/17/22

Perhaps the last two Sundays (and on weekdays if you have attended Mass), you may have noticed an extended prayer before Father gives the final blessing. The deacon gives the invitation: “Bow down for the blessing,” then Father extends his hands over everyone and prays a prayer before making ... Read More »

Commemorations during Privileged Seasons

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 3/11/22

If you have attended or viewed a daily Mass since Lent began, you may have heard Fr. Poggemeyer explain a little about the commemoration of the saint of the day. What is a commemoration? Liturgically speaking, it is the inclusion of prayers of a lower ranking celebration in one of higher ... Read More »

Our Parish Lenten Prayer

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 3/04/22

“Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.”

We heard these words this past Wednesday when ashes were imposed on our foreheads. At the core of this clarion call is this reminder: we are exiles; we are not destined for this earth because our citizenship is ... Read More »

The Responsorial Psalm Texts: Why They Sometimes Differ (Part III)

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 3/04/22

In Part II, we discussed one reason for difference in texts: the translation methods of formal equivalence and dynamic equivalence. The other main reason for differences in translation is the date of publication of a liturgical book and which set of psalms was included in it. If we were ... Read More »


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