There has been nothing so depressing as the American election. We have two candidates who should certainly not be running and this goes back to the fact that it is money and the power that money gives that determines the political scene. Now Trump is posing as a pro-lifer which has to be questioned but Hilary, exposed by her e-mails as an anti-catholic bigot cannot get enough of Abortion and is almost fanatical. But on her fanatical anti-catholicism and her extreme abortion views the bishops of the United States keep silent.
It could be of course that following the plan they are the new democrats in the Church that Hilary wanted and paid for. They cannot see beyond social issues to the cost of marriage breakdown and the millions of human beings in the womb who are slaughtered without good reason. They do not fight for the rights of children growing up in broken families with no father or the cost of divorce on the community. No their social leanings are with the Democrats and as far as the Church is concerned they are the blind leading the blind.
Did Donald Trump attack women as he is painted to have done. I do not know. But we have the videos of the women being interviewed about what Trump did. Yes, we have indeed the videos but the videos do not offer proof that what they are saying is true. They spoke to Democrats and Democratic Newspapers like the Washington Post. Thy did not go to the police where their allegations would have been examined. So I am very doubtful since I already know that Clinton has lied in the past.
Is Trump sexist, racist and/or Anti-Catholic?
Perhaps we need to vote for the policies rather than the personality of Trump?
TRUMP: I am pro-life… I hate the concept of abortion. What happened is friends of mine years ago were going to have a child, and it was going to be aborted. And it wasn’t aborted. And that child today is a total superstar, a great, great child. And I saw that. And I saw other instances. And I am very, very proud to say that I am pro-life.
Most abortions in England, Wales and Scotland are carried out before 24 weeks of pregnancy.
A baby in the womb at 4 weeks.
Pray for Life
Our Lady of the Expectation
Fighting over the Liturgy
Disputes often occur regarding the big six. A typical Tokyo sacristy.
When a choir director and parish priest differ over liturgical music, the choir should follow in good faith the wishes of the priest for the sake of unity, said the papal liturgist.
When it comes to celebrating the liturgy, “we should never fight,” Msgr. Guido Marini told choir members, directors and priests. “Otherwise, we distort the very nature” of what the people of God should be doing during the Mass, which is seeking to be “one body before the Lord.”
The papal master of liturgical ceremonies spoke on Oct. 21 at a conference opening a three-day jubilee for choirs. Hundreds of people involved in providing music for the liturgical celebrations in Italian dioceses and parishes — such as singers, organists and musicians — attended, as did directors of diocesan liturgy offices and schools of sacred music.
During a brief question-and-answer period after his talk on the role of the choir, a participant asked Msgr. Marini what she termed “an uncomfortable, practical question.”
“Many times, in our parishes, the priest wants the choir to perform songs that are inappropriate, both because of the text” and because of the moment the song is to be performed during the service, she said.
“In these situations, must the choir master follow the wishes of the priest even with the knowledge that by doing so, the choir is no longer serving the liturgy, but the priest?” she said to applause.
Asked for his advice, Msgr. Marini smiled, cast his eyes upward and rubbed his chin signaling his awareness that it was a hot-button topic. He said he felt “sandwiched” “between two fires, between priests and choirs.”
Acknowledging the difficulty of such a situation, he said he sided with the priest.
There are situations where priests may not be giving completely correct guidance, he said, and there are directors that could be doing better. But in either case, conflict and division should be avoided and “humility and communion be truly safeguarded,” he said.
This, like with all disagreements, he said, requires that all sides be very patient with each other, sit down and talk, and explain the reasons behind their positions.
But if no conclusion or final point is reached, then “perhaps it is better also to come out of it momentarily defeated and wait for a better time rather than generate divisions and conflict that do no good,” he said to applause.
Live the path of communion and unity in the parish “with lots of goodness, cordiality and sometimes the ability to sacrifice something of oneself, too,” Msgr. Marini advised.
Just like the grain of wheat, he said, “sometimes all of us must die in something” knowing that it will bear future fruit.
Msgr. Marini responded to the question after delivering a 50-minute speech, in which he received a standing ovation.
Titled, “The Role of the Choir in Liturgical Celebrations,” the monsignor outlined five fundamental elements of the liturgy and how choirs should help serve each of those aspects.
The liturgy is the work of Christ and it should express the Savior’s living presence, he said. Choir members, therefore, must be people who have Christ present in their hearts.
While much care must be given to the artistic and technical aspects of liturgical music’s performance, the hearts of those who perform must be cared for as well so that they are men and women of faith who feel “a burning love for Christ” and find their life’s meaning in him, he said.
The liturgy also must evoke the church’s universality, where there is a harmonious union of diversity and continuity between tradition and newness, he said. This means that the choir must never be “front and center” or seem separate from the faithful because they are part of the assembly.
Pope Francis has insisted that liturgical music for papal liturgies “never go beyond the rite” and force celebrants and the assembly to wait for the singing to finish before proceeding on to the next moment of the Mass, he said. “Song integrates itself into the rite,” serving the ceremony and not itself.
He also asked that choirs help the liturgy in its purpose of gathering everyone together to conform themselves more closely to God and his will.
The Mass is about overcoming individual distinctions so that “it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me,” he said. That means the choir should help everyone in the assembly be an active participant during the moments of song including by stirring people’s emotional or spiritual feelings.
Choirs must help the liturgy by inviting all of creation to lift its gaze toward God on high, he said. People should feel elevated and pulled out of the mundanity of the ordinary and everyday — not to escape from it, but so as to return renewed to one’s everyday life after Mass.
If song is not “a bridge over eternity” then it is not doing its job, he said. Song must not be worldly and unworthy, but must in some way be the “song of angels.”
Lastly, he said, choirs must be missionary like the church and the liturgy by way of attraction, which it does by revealing God’s beauty, wonder and infinite mercy.
The Latin Mass Society
In the Autumn 2016 LMS magazine, an interview is published with the Rt Rev Mgr Keith Newton, leader of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, in which he discusses various aspects of Church life, including liturgy, ecumenism and evangelisation.
Speaking about Divine Worship – the Ordinariate Missal, Mgr Newton says:
“The Missal is a very historical document as it is the first time, as far as I know, that the Catholic Church has produced a missal which has elements from ecclesial communities that originate from the time of the Reformation. This has huge implications. Ecumenically, therefore, the Ordinariate is a kind of test-tube to see what could be done if other churches really do come together, so that there is a unity of faith, a unity of order, but some diversity of practice. I’m surprised that ecumenists don’t find the Ordinariate more exciting, because I think they should.”
This coming Sunday (30th October) at 3pm there is an Extraordinary Form High Mass at Portsmouth Cathedral. Because of this there will not be a 3pm Low Mass at St Agatha’s. Instead the congregation will join the High Mass in the Cathedral church.
The LMS has produced a selection of Christmas cards. Featuring four designs from Classical artists, each card contains a Scripture text (in Latin) and greeting. The cards are available in packs of 10 of the same design and are supplied with envelopes.
By sending LMS Christmas cards to your family and friends, you are not only conveying the true meaning of Christmas but are also supporting the work of the LMS.
Go to the Cards section of the LMS website shop and select ‘Christmas Cards’ to see the full range.
Gift Ideas for Christmas
The Sistine Chapel Choir under its director Monsignor Massimo Palombella has just released a second CD recording with Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft.
It is devoted to the music of Palestrina and includes the famous six-voice Missa Papae Marcelli, the only work that Palestrina dedicated to a pope, credited with “saving polyphony” by making the text intelligible to the listener (the Council of Trent had condemned polyphony that obscured the meaning of the text). Additionally there are motets on the theme of mercy designed to complement the Holy Year.
It is not widely known that Monsignor Palombella is something of a Palestrina scholar, having carried out a lot of research into his works; so it will be interesting to hear how this is borne out in the recording. Also interesting to hear will be the manner of singing by the choir, which has already changed radically from the “bawling in the basilica”-style formerly associated with the Sistina. This new CD was, uniquely, recorded in the Sistine Chapel itself, which demands a rather more intimate style of vocal production suited to the acoustic of a much smaller building. The Sistine Chapel was chosen for the recording since it is the locale where papal celebrations took place in the time of Palestrina, the basilica of St Peter’s having not yet been completed.
- What is this?
It is outside a church in Wales.
2. These items are found in a Cathedral Treasury. What are they?
Answers will be given on the next post.