Tuesday, February 21, 2017

No Rehearsal Tonight

Because of the widespread flooding and other weather problems, Kathy has cancelled rehearsal for tonight. This means call time for Sunday at the Cathedral is now 4 PM, for real. Please review the music and listen to the sound files/videos.

Above all, stay safe.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Burying The Alleluia

(Photo: New Liturgical Movement)

I don't know about the rest of you, but I never knew about the ceremony of "burying the Alleluia" before Lent, although I am well aware that Alleluia is omitted in the NO between Ash Wednesday and the Easter Vigil. The EF rite omits it starting on Septuagesima Sunday.

Kathy mentioned the EF practice at a recent rehearsal, and lo and behold, the New Liturgical Movement (a publication of the CMAA and edited by our good friend Dr. William Mahrt) obliges with this: Burying the Alleluia 2017. Check out the other photos besides the one above.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Mar. 12: 2nd Sunday in Lent

4 PM at the Cathedral. SMH this week.

Introit: Reminiscere

KyrieSanctusAgnus Dei (no Gloria): Mass XVII

Credo III

Offertory: Meditabor, Be Thou My Vision

Communio: Visionem quam vidistisMiserere Mei, Domine (Shenk)

Recessional: Fairest Lord Jesus (no verse 4)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Chant Conferences Galore!

In addition to the March Yonkers conference I mentioned recently, several opportunities are coming up to learn more about chant and polyphony, as well as meet those who feel the same way about the importance of sacred music as you do.
  • The Church Music Association of America's Colloquium XXVII will be held in St. Paul, MN from June 19-24. Kathy almost always attends on our behalf; other RPC members have accompanied her before. The photo above is of the Cathedral of the Madeleine from the 2013 Colloquium in Salt Lake City.
  • Pittsburgh has played host to the CMAA Colloquium previously, and it will be the site of the CMAA's Summer Chant Courses from June 26 through June 30. Several different tracks are being offered.
  • That same week, the 2nd Sacred Music Symposium is being held in Los Angeles. It's almost too late to sign up; you need to send an email to express interest by tomorrow, February 17. Like last year, it's being hosted by the FSSP and is intended for choir directors, but anyone who wants to sing chant and polyphony is welcome.
  • Last, but hardly least, Raymond Cardinal Burke will be one of the featured presenters and celebrants at the Conference on Sacred Liturgy in Medford, OR, which runs July 12-15.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Mar. 5: 1st Sunday of Lent

4 PM at Immaculate Conception, Sparks. PLEASE read my earlier post about how to get to the church, or you will be rather frustrated...and late, which makes Kathy frustrated.

Introit: Invocabit me

KyrieSanctusAgnus Dei (no Gloria): Mass XVII

Credo III

Offertory: The Lord Will Overshadow You

Communio: Scapulis suisPanis Angelicus (Lambilotte) (SATB), Miserere Mei, Domine (Shenk)

Recessional: Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Friday, Mar. 3: Stations of the Cross

FRIDAY, Mar. 3 at the Cathedral, call time 5:15 PM (or as soon as you can arrive from work).

O Sacred Head Surrounded

Stabat Mater (words begin ~1:10 or so)

The Seven Last Words

Adoramus Te (Palestrina)

Monday, February 13, 2017

Feb. 26: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

4 PM at the Cathedral. Adoremus this week; no SMH.

Introit: Factus est Dominus

KyrieGloriaSanctusAgnus Dei: Mass VIII

Credo III

Offertory: Dominus convertus, What Shall I Render to the Lord?

Communio: Primum quaerite regnum Dei, Cast Thy Burden Upon the Lord (Mendelssohn/Bock)

Recessional: O God, Our Help In Ages Past (SATB)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Getting to Immaculate Conception

(Photo courtesy of County Councilman Vaughn Hartung)

I'll provide the music list for our March 5 First Sunday of Lent Mass at Immaculate Conception Church (ICC) in Sparks shortly, but before I do, I want to let you know how to get there these days.

Because of the construction on both Pyramid Highway and McCarran Boulevard, you cannot get to ICC at all from Pyramid northbound, and the church's main entrance on McCarran is currently blocked. You will have to do one of the following:
  • Take McCarran to Wedekind Rd. Turn left onto Wedekind from EB McCarran or right from WB. Follow Wedekind past High Rock Way (on the left) until it turns sharply to the right. Wedekind becomes Farr Ln. You will pass the intersection with Queen Way, and then the road turns sharply to the right again onto Lepori Way. Take the third left onto Holman Way. Enter the church parking lot after Emerson Way. DO NOT PARK IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, even if others are doing so. OR:
  • Take Pyramid SB to Queen Way; turn right. Turn immediately left onto Farr Ln, then proceed as above. (Note: To come SB on Pyramid, you will have to access it from Disc Dr. or further north.) OR:
  • Take Pyramid SB to Emerson Way (past Queen and before McCarran); turn right. Take the first left onto Lagomarsino Dr., which feeds into the parking lot. 
Here's a PDF map from ICC to help you visualize all this. Oh, an early reminder: this will be a 5 PM Mass, with call time at 4 PM.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Meanwhile in Yonkers...

Although it's not a full-fledged colloquium coming up in Yonkers, NY a la the ones held in the summer by the CMAA, the Gregorian Chant in Pastoral Ministry and Religious Education National Conference could be just as important, if not more so. As Mallory Nygard of the Cardinal Newman Society reports:

Teaching and forming young Catholics to appreciate truth and beauty in Catholic liturgical music, especially Gregorian chant, will be the focus of a conference next month for Catholic educators, campus ministers, musicians, parents and others devoted to forming the next generation. 
“Our hope is that people will be inspired by the beautiful liturgies of the conference, as well as by presentations and discussions with others about what they can do to build programs and structures which support musical excellence,” said conference director Jennifer Donelson, associate professor and director of sacred music at St. Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie) in Yonkers, New York. 
“We also hope that those attending will see the important role that musical beauty can play in the formation of Catholic identity, catechetical formation, and outreach to the fallen-away and ‘unchurched,’” she said. “The organizers and presenters have a firm conviction that the Church’s teachings and heritage of sacred music are crucial for drawing hearts and minds to Christ, and that the musical formation the Church has to offer plays an enormously positive role in the spiritual life.”
If you can get there, it's not all that expensive, only $75 for both Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11, although food and lodging are extra.