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The missing voices of Western chant

The universal music of holiness is chant. Nearly every religious system utilises chant in some form, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain, Daoist, Muslim, Jewish, and Christian. 1,698 more words

Philosopher-at-home

THE MASTERPIECE COMPOSED BY ST. THOMAS AQUINAS

It is to the preeminent philosopher and theologian, St. Thomas Aquinas, that we owe one of the most beautiful Eucharistic hymns of the Catholic Church. St. 97 more words

Cecilia

Santo Subito!

Today is the feast of Saint Gregory the Great, patron saint of musicians, singers, students, and teachers, the reluctant Pope who used his wealth to feed the poor and hungry, who sent Saint Augustine (the other one) to England. 74 more words

Art

Pope Saint Gregory I, organist?

In a letter from Pope Saint Gregory I to Leander, Bishop of Seville, the former waxes metaphorically, liberally using the image of a choirmaster conducting from the organ while accompanying the choir. 228 more words

Middle Ages

Concerning the "flex" in psalmody

I have been aware for some time that there are sometimes differences in the way that psalm verses are divided, as far as the placement of the flex † and the middle cadence * are concerned. 503 more words

Gregorian Chant

How to bring better sacred music to your parish

To many Catholics – priests and laity alike – the thought of setting aside “On Eagle’s Wings” for something sacred seems like an unattainable dream. But according to one church musician, with a little work and determination, it may not be as difficult as one might think to bring sacred music to your parish. 1,618 more words

Liturgy

Passion for the Kingdom

by Fr. John-Mark Missio

Homily preached at Sunday Eucharist during the Gregorian Institute of Canada Colloquium, August 14, 2016, held at St. Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto. The scripture readings included Luke 12:49–53 and Jeremiah 38:4–6, 8–10. 1,143 more words

Beauty