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By Ben Yanke on January 31, 2013
If anyone is interested in being confirmed (or having your child confirmed, even younger children, down to first communion age) in the Extraordinary Form this March by Bishop Morlino, please email me at the link above in the nav bar.
By Ben Yanke on January 29, 2013
As I mentioned in my previous post, assisting at Mass at the National Shrine was amazing, not only because of the beauty of the church we were privileged to worship in, but also the music. I will say without reservation that the shrine’s professional choir is the best choir I have ever heard. But on an even more important note, they are not only singing plain old standard music well, they sing sacred music well.
As I walked into the church on Saturday afternoon, the choir and congregation were singing Kyrie VIII, which a friend and I instantly and happily joined in on. After they finished the kyrie gracefully, the cantor intoned Gloria VIII and the massive organ filled the church as the congregation began: “et in terra pax homínibus.” I was intensely joyful, only having heard the gloria in Latin one other time in the Ordinary Form, and marveling at the grand sound of the massive organ filling the beautiful shrine with the praises of God.
But as they reached “Laudamus te,” the organ fell silent, and I realized they were singing the Gloria in alternatim, as they often do at Papal Masses, and the choir broke out into fantastic polyphony. That’s when I just about lost it.
I went weak in the knees. My jaw literally hung open. I felt chills straight up my spine as I mouthed along with the prayers the schola was singing in such a sublime manner. The beauty of the church, combined with the stunning beauty of the music, had quite literally sucked me into the liturgy unfolding before me. It was almost a form of ecstasy.
Did I stay for the rest of Mass? You betcha. And the music was just as good throughout the rest of the Mass as well, as they sang the propers, Victoria motets, and fantastic organ interludes. It was one of the most prayerful Masses I had ever been to.
That’s what sacred music needs to do. I felt physically weak, and had a deep feeling of peace and joy after hearing what I will call one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard.
Imagine if I had been an atheist walking off the street, not sure of the direction of my life, not appreciating the beauty in life, and that music had that same effect on me, causing me to stay, and come the truth, and be baptized the following Easter. Somehow I doubt that guy screeching away “Here I am Lord” on a guitar would have the same effect on me.
Our liturgies should be filled with the good, the true and the beautiful, but we need to focus especially on the aspect of beauty. We can reach the people through beauty. Sometimes it’s the only way. When people have their minds closed to the truth, sometimes the only way to reach them is through their emotions and their heart, as I was reached last Saturday.
Pastors, hire sacred musicians who know their stuff, and pay them well. Music directors, know your stuff, and do it well. When done well, you will affect more souls than you will ever know.
And while you’re at it, send a donation to the CMAA.
Here’s a recording of the gloria (and some other music from the Mass, starting at about 0:48), so you can hear what I heard. The recording isn’t the best, but at least you can hear what I’m talking about. It begins with the congregational verse of the gloria, and then when the organ stops (on Jesu Christe), the polyphony verse (Domine Deus…). Keep in mind the sound of both the choir and the organ are filling the entire church the whole time. After the gloria, it contains part of the responsorial psalm, offertory motet, and organ improvisation after that.
By Ben Yanke on January 28, 2013
Hello All! I had a great half-week in DC for the March for Life, and also much sight-seeing. As promised, here is my large photo-post.
The Mass at the shrine was amazing. I will say without reservation that the shrine’s choir is the best I have ever heard. They used an amazing gloria, in the roman style (alternatim), between Mass VIII and polyphony. Here is a few clips of music from the Mass, including the gloria, responsorial psalm, motet (O quam gloriosum, victoria), and some organ improvisation.
By Ben Yanke on January 22, 2013
By Ben Yanke on January 22, 2013
Great job, Michael! It’s refreshing to see the WSJ post something positive against abortion. You’d not easily expect something like this from Madison media…By the way, I will be on the bus with Michael, so no posts at least until Sunday, but I’ll post any good pictures I get in DC.
It will be the 18-year-old’s third consecutive year of participation.
“From the first time I heard about abortion, I understood it was a bad thing, that children were being killed,” said Wanta, a senior at St. Ambrose Academy, a Catholic school on Madison’s West Side.
Raised Catholic, Wanta said his religious views inform everything he believes, including his views on abortion. “It’s in the 10 Commandments: Thou shalt not kill.”
He remembers praying the rosary with his family as a middle-school student outside the Planned Parenthood clinic on Madison’s East Side, which provides abortions. He figures he’s been back 30 or so times, sometimes by himself, other times with friends.
“I pray not only that the institution would close down but also for the women who’ve been affected,” he said. “It saddens my heart to be there, but it’s great to be able to go there and witness and say, ‘There’s another way.’”
Wanta co-leads his school’s Guardians for Life group, whose members hold diaper drives and volunteer at the Sharing Center, a program run through Pregnancy Helpline of Madison. He plans to attend seminary this fall, with hopes of becoming a Catholic priest.
He believes men must be vocal in stating their anti-abortion views.
“Abortion deals with the basic moral fact that it is wrong to kill, and a man, just as much as a woman, has the duty to respect and defend the innocent life of an unborn child.”
Source - Head over there and give some positive comments!