Liturgical Music

Valiant is her name

Posted on February 15, 2020
When this song was a part of Morning Prayer recently I knew I wanted to post it. The Feast of Saint Scholastica seemed to be in the air so at first I thought we were singing about her. The last verse really caught my...

Music, Divine

Posted on September 21, 2019
Isn’t it always the way? While searching for some references online for a class, one thing led to another and I stumbled upon The Divine Music Project. What a treasure it is! The introduction states that the “website...

Canticle in Philippians

Posted on August 10, 2019
Office books
Recall that a canticle is a little song which includes Scripture other than that of the Book of Psalms. A canticle that has spoken to me over the years is the canticle in St Paul’s Letter to the Philippians (2:6-11)....

Te Deum

Posted on July 27, 2019
Te Deum
The Vatican II document Sacrosanctum Concilium says the following about sacred music: The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The...


Posted on June 8, 2019
Veni Creator Spiritus (“Come Creator Spirit”) is a hymn believed to have been written in the 9th century by Rabanus Maurus (780 - 856 AD), a Benedictine monk who at one time was archbishop of Mainz. In the form of...

Gone is the night

Posted on April 27, 2019
Sun at camp
What a Lent it was ! As mentioned here I was quite excited about Lent beginning and looked forward to studying the Exsultet. That happened in a way unexpected, as I discovered another piece of music we sing is...


Posted on March 2, 2019
Ash Wednesday has a little bit of a “new year” feel to it. It’s exciting, to finally start the season that leads us to the biggest week on the Church’s calendar -- Holy Week. I've decided to spend some time this...


Posted on January 7, 2019
MD Callahan, OSB
If you've ever spent anytime at the Mount, you would recognize the name of Sister Mary David Callahan, OSB. An accomplished musician and a prolific composer, the music of Sister Mary David is a staple when the...


Posted on November 19, 2018
Handbells have been around since ancient times. Originally their relatively small size helped tower bell-ringers to practice; however, small groups soon formed to create music of their own. There is a long history...

Rest Within Music

Posted on November 5, 2018
It’s probably a little unusual to write about silence in a post about liturgical music. All the same … The purpose of sacred music is to glorify God and sanctify the faithful (Sacrosanctum Concilium ¶ 112). That’...