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Music & Liturgy Musings

Music & Liturgy Musings

A Cry from Deep Within: Singing in the Sacred Liturgy - Part II

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 7/24/22

Last week we barely scratched the surface on liturgical song and how music has been the foundation of Jewish and Christian worship for millennia. Music, as Saint Augustine says, is “a cry from deep within our being [and] a way for God to lead us to the realm of ... Read More »

A Cry from Deep Within: Singing in the Sacred Liturgy

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 7/15/22

Over the next couple of weeks, we will explore the gift of song, why it is used in the sacred liturgy, and the use of progressive solemnity (what is sung and why). Music is one of God’s greatest gifts to humanity and whether we are musically inclined or not, ... Read More »

Sunday Obligation & Saturday Wedding Masses

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 6/29/22

Now that we are in the middle of summer, we have probably hit the peak of vacation season and wedding season. Perhaps you have or will be going on vacation and/or have or will be attending a wedding or two already this year. As I am attending a family ... Read More »

The Pallium

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 6/22/22

Published in the June 26, 2022 bulletin. 

June 29 marks the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, the two great apostles of the early Church. On this occasion, the Pope celebrates Mass with archbishops appointed within the past year. During this Mass, he blesses and bestows the pallium on ... Read More »

The Celebration of the Most Holy Trinity

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 6/22/22

Published in the June 12, 2022 bulletin.

This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. The Catechism of the Catholic Church notes, “The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in himself” ... Read More »

The Ascension of the Lord: Thursday or Sunday? It depends…

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 6/22/22

Published in the May 22, 2022 bulletin.

Forty days after the Resurrection, our Lord ascended into heaven. We celebrate this event on the Solemnity of the Ascension of which the traditional date is this coming Thursday, May 26. However, in 1999, most of the ecclesiastical provinces (noted by an ... Read More »

Veni Sancte Spiritus: The Extended Pentecost Vigil

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 6/22/22

 

Published in the May 15, 2022 bulletin

In three weeks, we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost. On Saturday, June 4 at the 4:30 Mass, we will celebrate the Extended Vigil of Pentecost! Pentecost is viewed in the calendar as the eighth and final Sunday of the Easter ... Read More »

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 »

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