Allegri's Miserere

This is a very famous piece written by Gregorio Allegri in 1638.  The words are from Psalm 51.  For many years, it was sung only in the Sistine Chapel and only on Tenebrae and Good Friday during Holy Week.  It…

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I Believe

I believe in the sun, even when it's not shining.

I believe in love, even when I feel it not.

I believe in God, even when He is silent.

Say Something

Sometimes a song about human relationships can be reinterpreted to be a Gospel song.  Aren't we in a relationship with God?

Here's one that was never intended to be a Gospel song.  It describes a person who is so frustrated…

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Crown of Thorns

We can't sing for you at Mass because of the virus keeping everyone away.  So we've found some songs from choirs we love, songs that fit the season too.

Enjoy!

 

Reverberation

Go into any large cathedral and you will hear a different sound than most public buildings.  The interior of a cathedral is stone or hard wood, which means that the sound echos and bounces off of the hard surfaces rather…

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Hearts Beating as One

Why do we sing at Mass? Why is singing a part of worshiping God? Why not jumping? Or pointing? Or blinking?

There are many reasons, but one of them is because singing gives us the chance to put into practice…

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We Three Kings

"We Three Kings" is a Christmas carol that was written by John Henry Hopkins Jr. in 1857. Hopkins chose to join the clergy of the Episcopal Church upon graduating from the University of Vermont.  He studied at the General Theological…

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On This Day, O Beautiful Mother

On January 1, we celebrate Mary as the Mother of God.  Click below to hear our choir singing “On This Day, O Beautiful Mother,” with George Brun as the soloist.  The tune was written by Belgian Jesuit, Fr. Louis Lambillotte…

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Stille Nacht

The most famous Christmas carol of all time is Stille Nacht from Austria.  It is sung and enjoyed in 140 different languages around the world.  It is called Silent Night in English and Noche de Paz in Spanish. 

On a…

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There Were Shepherds

During the preparation of the gifts at Christmas Eve Mass, you will hear something that is unique to St. Mary's.  "There Were Shepherds" is a Christmas anthem written by Charles Vincent Jr. in the late 1800s.  Vincent was an English…

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Immaculate Mary

The song, “Immaculate Mary,” is a popular Roman Catholic Marian hymn. It is often sung in honor of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which we celebrate today. 

The earliest version of the hymn was written in 1873…

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Taizé Community

The Taizé Community is an ecumenical Christian monastic fraternity in Burgundy, France. It is composed of more than one hundred brothers, from Catholic and Protestant traditions, who originate from about thirty countries across the world. It was founded in 1940…

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