Music & Liturgy Musings

Music & Liturgy Musings

Plenary Indulgence for the Souls in Purgatory

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 11/03/22

Last year around this time I wrote about the short season of Allhallowtide which began on October 31 and ended on November 8. If you wanted to read that article again, you can visit https://www.stwendelin.org/blog/music-liturgy-musings/hallowe-enallhallowtide-and-the-month-of-the-dead.While the season of Allhallowtide has been removed from the General Roman Calendar, one of ... Read More »

All Saints and All Souls

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 11/03/22

The end of October and the beginning of November is always a busy time at our parish due to our feast day on October 22, Forty Hours, and then the Solemnity of All Saints on November 1, and the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day) on ... Read More »

Given Up for You: The Veil Removed

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 11/03/22

Mark your calendars for our annual Forty Hours of Eucharistic Adoration celebration which will be October 22 through October 25! The forty hours devotion is a beautiful tradition in the Church which originated in Milan in the 1500s. Traditionally, it begins with a solemn Mass followed by exposition of ... Read More »

The National Eucharistic Revival

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 11/03/22

What exactly is it and why the need for it?Here is an explanation from the NER’s website (www.eucharisticrevival.org/faqs): “The National Eucharistic Revival is a three year initiative sponsored by the Bishops of the United States to inspire and prepare the People of God to be formed, healed, converted, united, ... Read More »

Receiving Holy Communion More Than Once Per Day

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 9/13/22

As we continue in this first year of the National Eucharistic Revival, a question that recently arose is “Can a person receive the Holy Eucharist more than once per day?” This is a very good question! Succinctly, a person may ordinarily receive Holy Communion up to twice per day, ... Read More »

Two Feasts on the Holy Cross

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 9/02/22

On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, the Church celebrates the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and Our Lady of Sorrows, respectively. These two feasts, always celebrated back-to-back on September 14 and 15, give us a chance to deepen our devotion to our Lord, his cross, and also our ... Read More »

Join the Endless Song

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 9/02/22

A couple weeks ago, we sang the hymn “How Can I Keep from Singing?” The refrain of this hymn boldly proclaims, “No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that rock I’m clinging. Since Love is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?”  With ... Read More »

Kairos vs. Chronos

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 8/16/22

Time: a resource which is all too fleeting and something which we wish we all had more of. The more we “need,” the faster it seems to go. In regards to time, I have been struggling recently—mightily at times (pun intended)—and this issue presents itself all the more when ... Read More »

More on Progressive Solemnity

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 8/10/22

Closing out our four-part look at music in the Mass last week, we discussed progressive solemnity, particularly in how it is applied when it comes to singing. In employing progressive solemnity, we see that the higher the rank of the feast, more singing is included as demanded by the nature ... Read More »

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

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 8/10/22

As we have read over the last three weeks, when we gather together for worship, music, —specifically singing—, is integral. But what is sung and how is that determined? That determination is made by the principle of progressive solemnity. Human nature demands that there is balance in all aspects of ... Read More »


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