Category Archives: Music

The Secret to Beautiful Liturgy: Leave it to the Kids!

O Lord our Lord, how admirable is thy name in the whole earth! For thy magnificence is elevated above the heavens. Out of the mouth of infants and of sucklings thou hast perfected praise… Recently I attended a simple daily Mass … Continue reading

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Sacred Music is not like Frosting on a Cake!

Help! Somebody call Pope Francis! I can’t find the official Latin edition of the principal text for understanding the role of Sacred Music in the Liturgy. You ask, “what is the fundamental text about the role of Sacred Music in the … Continue reading

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Do You Actually Participate at Mass?

As a parish Music Director, like Garrison Keillor’s Guy Noir Private Eye, I find myself trying to find answers to one of life’s most persistent questions: How can I contribute to that “full, conscious and active participation in the ceremonies” that the fathers … Continue reading

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Liberal Education And Piano Repair: Beware You Specialists!

You and I both know that Liberal Education is the antidote to nearly every problem in life. Liberal education is to the dry mind what balm is to cracked skin. Liberal education is to the tortured soul what Aloe Vera … Continue reading

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The “Scandal” of Liberal Education

Blessed John Henry Newman, speaking of the unique status of Western Civilization in the history of the world, emphatically asserts, I think it has a claim to be considered as the representative Society and Civilization of the human race, as … Continue reading

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The Lyceum Schola Cantorum On The March!

The Lyceum just returned from its annual pilgrimage to Washington D.C. to join with more than 500,000 other zealous people braving single digits to peacefully protest the Nation’s continued tolerance of abortion. Tuesday January 21, 4:30 AM students and faculty board … Continue reading

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Six Characteristics By Which To Identify The Wisest Man

As Heraclitus said (and we never tire of repeating) “If you do not expect the unexpected you will never find it, for it is hard to find and inaccessible.” This is certainly a wise statement. A clear example of its … Continue reading

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The Lyceum: Making the Extraordinary Ordinary

Yesterday The Lyceum celebrated its Ninth Annual Commencement Exercises and as is now traditional the day began with Holy Mass. I think an alternate motto for The Lyceum should be “making the extraordinary ordinary” because that is what happens just … Continue reading

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A post wherein the author is caught singing opera

I have been debating for a week now whether this post is really a good idea. But now I realize that the edification and wholesome entertainment of my friends trumps any personal desires that I have to maintain an aura … Continue reading

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This is the day the Lord has made!

  Ok… Ok, due to popular demand I have decided to post one of my favorite Easter Hymns- even if it is in English. Just listen to this! This Is The Day (UPDATE: unfortunately these links no longer work! You … Continue reading

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