Category Archives: Sacred Music

“Today’s Cathedral Coffee Break”

While on a recent summer pilgrimage to St. Louis (the “Rome of the West”) with twenty-five of my students at Our Lady of Walsingham, we were able to visit at least eleven different magnificent churches for which the city is … Continue reading

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Catholic Classical Education: Sing to The Lord a New Song!

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Is Religious Music Suitable for Mass?

Obviously all religious music will occupy itself with words appropriated from scripture or at least in some way grounded in scripture. Whether using the words of a psalm, or composed as a sort of ‘poetic meditation’ on this or that … Continue reading

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Celebrating Catholic Classical Education with Cardinal Burke

I hope some of you might be able to participate in our annual school Gala by clicking on the live stream link below. The Lyceum Spring Gala Saturday, April 17, 2021 with guest of honor  Cardinal Raymond Burke “Catholic Education, … Continue reading

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Where there is love… Ubi Caritas

Today, Holy Thursday, is the day for singing the ancient chant Ubi Caritas! UBI caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.Exultemus, et in ipso iucundemur.Timeamus, et amemus Deum vivum.Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero. Which I translate … Continue reading

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All Souls’ Day and Dies Irae: The Four Most Profoundly Influential Notes of Gregorian Chant

I am certainly not the first one to make note of the fact that the Sequence, Dies Irae, for All Souls’ Day appears to have made a profound and far ranging contribution to American Culture. From blockbusters like Star Wars … Continue reading

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Easter Morning with Claudio Casciolini

Part One and Two of Easter Sunday morning Mass. (unfortunately, the live feed was interrupted after the second reading and so the sequence -Victimae Paschali as well as the Gospel were cut) With fond remembrance for my old organ and … Continue reading

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Mass of The Lord’s Supper 9 April 2020

Although there was no Mandatum tonight (i.e. washing of feet ceremony) nor Eucharistic procession in which the blessed sacrament is reposed in a separate tabernacle, we still managed to get the Ubi Caritas sung at around 33:57. Holy Thursday is … Continue reading

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Today, Sing “Ubi Caritas!”

Today, Holy Thursday, is the day for singing the ancient chant Ubi Caritas! UBI caritas et amor, Deus ibi est. Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor. Exultemus, et in ipso iucundemur. Timeamus, et amemus Deum vivum. Et ex corde diligamus nos … Continue reading

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Tenebrae 8 April 2020

Heading into the Triduum – this Tenebrae Service provides a lovely Spiritual warm-up for Holy Thursday. I am thankful for the help that my wife and children provided in singing the various psalms and motets. Among the motets sung (as … Continue reading

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