I am looking forward to directing the music for this Mass on Saturday, my first event as Chairman of Una Voce Scotland. Come along to hear music by Hassler, Victoria, Lotti and Buxtehude as well as all of the gorgeous plainchant.
Today marks the end of the Christmas season, but before taking down the tree and putting away the crib for another year, we have the beautiful feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary or Candlemas.Continue reading “Candlemas: Lumen et Revelationem Gentium”
A few years ago I was asked to give a lecture on the development not Sacred Music and its place in the liturgy. I considered writing this up as a series of articles, but Dr Kwasniewski has posted a lecture, remarkably similar to mine but better!
The Kelvingrove Organ is a remarkable instrument with a fascinating history. Please help to preserve it for future generations so the Kelvingrove Art Gallery can continue to bring wonderful music to the public everyday of the year, free of charge.
Today is the feast of the Holy Family. Here is the Immaculate Heart of Mary Schola joined by a few of the monks of Papa Stronsay singing Vespers of this feast day in 2019. You can follow with this booklet. The hymn at 18.02 is particularly beautiful.
The collect of the feast is a mission statement for every family:
COLLECT O Lord Jesus Christ, You sanctified home life with untold virtues by being subject to Mary and Joseph. May they assist us to imitate the example of Your Holy Family, so that we may share with them their eternal happiness; who lives and rules with God the Father . . .
Learn about the Three Hearts Devotion Here
Heart of Jesus I adore thee,
Heart of Mary I implore thee,
Heart of Joseph pure and just,
In these Three Hearts I place my trust.
Happy feast of the Holy Name of Jesus!
For which cause God also hath exalted him, and hath given him a name which is above all names: That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth: And that every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father Phillipians 2:9-11
The Latin original is by St Bernard of Clairvaux and the translation below is by Fr Edward Caswell, a convert from Anglicanism and collaborator of Saint John Henry Newman. There isn’t a suitable recording of this hymn online to share but nonetheless, the English provides material for hours of meditation.
Jesus, the very thought of Thee With sweetness fills the breast! Yet sweeter far Thy face to see And in Thy Presence rest.
No voice can sing, no heart can frame, Nor can the memory find, A sweeter sound than Jesus’ Name, The Saviour of mankind.
O hope of every contrite heart! O joy of all the meek! To those who fall, how kind Thou art! How good to those who seek!
But what to those who find? Ah! this Nor tongue nor pen can show The love of Jesus, what it is, None but His loved ones know.
Jesus! our only hope be Thou, As Thou our prize shalt be; In Thee be all our glory now,And through eternity. Amen.
Music for the 11.30am Missa Cantata at Immaculate Heart Balornock.
Music for first Saturday Missa Cantata at Immaculate Heart.