Music & Liturgy Musings

Music & Liturgy Musings

The General Roman Calendar and Particular Calendars

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 7/16/21

The General Roman Calendar (GRC) is the calendar which governs all the churches in the Roman Rite of the Latin (Western) Church. The rubrics of the calendar determine which celebration (and its liturgical rank) takes place each day of the year. Each liturgical year begins with the First Sunday of Advent ... Read More »

The Profession of Faith

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 7/15/21

The Profession of Faith Every Sunday and on all liturgical celebrations with the rank of “solemnity”--the highest ranking celebration, we profess our faith following the homily. Why do we profess our faith each week? The General Instruction of the Roman Missal says: “The purpose of the Creed or Profession ... Read More »

Songs of Ascent

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 6/30/21

Our psalm today is one of the Songs of Ascents in Scripture. Psalms 120-134 all start with the superscription “Song of Ascents.” They are also sometimes called the Gradual Psalms. Many scholars believe these fifteen psalms were sung by worshippers as they ascended the road to Jerusalem for worship ... Read More »

Daily and Monthly Devotions

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 6/25/21

Last week I noted that Wednesday is a traditional day in the Church for devotion to Saint Joseph. Did you know that each day of the week and each month of the year has a specific devotion? Sanctifying each day of the week with a particular devotion helps us to ... Read More »

Saint Joseph: Our Spiritual Father

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 6/17/21

A happy and blessed Fathers Day! May all who exercise a fatherly role draw from the example, wisdom, patience, love, and strength of the greatest father who ever lived: Saint Joseph. We continue to celebrate through December 8 of this year the Year of Saint Joseph proclaimed by Pope ... Read More »

Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time? How?!

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 6/11/21

Today is the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. Two weeks ago I had someone ask, “How are we in the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time? Didn’t we just start Ordinary Time after Pentecost?” Yes and no! It’s a good question because the numbering system is confusing! Ordinary Time began ... Read More »

Corpus Christi

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 6/04/21

Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity: Christ truly and wholly present under the appearance of bread and wine. The Church has believed this mystery from its earliest days. Today we joyfully celebrate in a more profound way the mystery made present at each Mass. But, if we celebrate it at ... Read More »

The Sign of Peace

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 5/26/21

Next week, we will again be able to offer each other the Sign of Peace at Mass. With this restoration of the sign, we now have a great opportunity to re-examine the theological significance of the rite and what it means spiritually and practically. Too often, the sign of ... Read More »

All Things Caught Up in Christ

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 5/18/21

At the conclusion of Second Vespers (Evening Prayer II) on Pentecost, the Easter season officially ends. As the Spirit has been poured out in abundance on us, we are emboldened and sent forth into the world to proclaim the paschal mystery: Christ crucified, risen, and ascended into heaven. We ... Read More »

The Extended Pentecost Vigil

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 5/18/21

Friends, as I noted last week we have the great opportunity this Saturday evening to celebrate the extended vigil of Pentecost--a wonderful liturgical treasure of the Church revived in the most recent revision of the Roman Missal. A brief history: the Pentecost Vigil arose from an early Church practice of ... Read More »


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