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 Christmas Classics from a Father-Daughter Duo
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Christmas Classics from a Father-Daughter Duo

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Just down the Texas highways from me live Kevin McCormick and his daughter Rachel. A mutual friend introduced us, and I learned that Kevin and Rachel has just completed a Christmas album full of classic hymns and songs. The result is an endlessly listenable arrangement of beautiful Christmas favorites: “The First Noel” to “Silent Night” […]

Lenten Music: Kyrie XVII (B)
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Lenten Music: Kyrie XVII (B)

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One of my passions is Gregorian Chant and since we are in the heart of Lent, it is a good time to look at a chant piece proper to the season: The Kyrie in the Sundays of Advent & Lent (Kyrie in Dominicis Adventus et Quadragesimae): Kyrie XVII. Though there are a few variations of […]

In Paradisum: A Reflection Upon a Chant
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In Paradisum: A Reflection Upon a Chant

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My uncle died a couple of years ago.  At the time of his death, I had cause to go back to a particularly beautiful chant piece for funeral Masses called the “In Paradisum” (IP). The Latin text (with my own rough English translation beneath) is as follows: In Paradisum deducant te Angeli; (May the Angels […]

When There Was Romance
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When There Was Romance

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Hey, pallie, what the heck happened to romance? I use the word “pallie” in deference to the great Dean Martin. A few summers ago, just before the annual Dean Martin Festival in Dino’s home town of Steubenville, Ohio, I decided to compare today’s hits with his. I started with the No. 1 song on Billboard […]

Review of CD by Cloistered Nuns: Advent at Ephesus
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Review of CD by Cloistered Nuns: Advent at Ephesus

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A few years ago, I was delighted when friends gifted me with a CD of sacred music by a religious community that I’d never heard of before, The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles. It was their first album, privately recorded, and self-released, yet I was quickly taken by these gentle, prayerful voices and soothing […]

Pope Paul VI's Playlist
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Pope Paul VI’s Playlist

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In an attempt to stay plugged in to American culture while I live overseas for 16 months, I have regularly acquainted myself with the Billboard Top 40. Not surprisingly, in reflecting on the love proposed by Humanae Vitae, the concept of faithfulness is glaringly absent from mainstream media and culture.  Not that freedom, totality, and […]

Liturgical Worship or Concert Attendance?
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Liturgical Worship or Concert Attendance?

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Reflecting Upon Attending a Christian Concert On Friday, February 4, I attended the Rock and Worship Roadshow at the Resch Center in Green Bay, WI.[i]  I went because the artist Matt Maher was playing and I hoped to have the opportunity to meet and talk with him.[ii]  I am glad to say that I was […]