Music & Liturgy Musings

Music & Liturgy Musings

It's Hard to Be an Easter People

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 4/23/21

Saint John Paul II famously said “We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song!” (Angelus, 30 November 1986).  Let’s face it: it’s hard to be an Easter people. By the time we get to the Fourth Sunday of Easter, the initial joy we experienced of Christ’s resurrection on ... Read More »

Psalm 4

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 4/16/21

Friends, first I want to apologize for not having the Mass setting sheets for the Easter season in the back of the hymnal for last weekend. After coming back from a few days of time off post-Easter, making those inserts honestly slipped my mind. Rest assured they are printed ... Read More »

The Easter Sequence: Victimae Paschali Laudes

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 4/08/21

On Easter, throughout the octave, and today on the octave day, we sing the Easter sequence: Victimae Paschali Laudes (Christians to the Paschal Victim, Offer Thankful Praises). This ancient hymn ascribed to the Wipo of Burgundy (c. 11th century), is sung preceding the Alleluia. In the Tridentine Mass and current ... Read More »

Easter Joy

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 4/08/21

Christ is risen, alleluia! He is risen indeed, alleluia! Friends, on this great solemnity of Easter, we rejoice with an indescribable joy because our Lord has conquered sin and death by rising from the grave. The first eight days comprise the Octave of Easter and are celebrated as solemnities ... Read More »

The History and Practice of Mass Intentions

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 3/25/21

The History and Practice of Mass Intentions (accompanies Fr. Poggemeyer's bulletin letter of March 28, 2021) Dear Friends,The offering of a Mass for a specific intention is a very common practice, but its history and purpose are usually unknown or misunderstood.  To fully understand this practice, we have to go ... Read More »

The Collect Prayers

Posted by Anthony Gallina on 3/25/21

Last week, Fr. Poggemeyer explained the change to the end of the opening prayers with the removal of the word “one.” These prayers, called the Collect (with the emphasis on the first syllable [KAH-lekt]), are present in every liturgy celebrated by the Church. The word Collect comes from the Latin word “collectio” which means to ... Read More »


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