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by John Ainslie
Thu Apr 23, 2015 8:43 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Easter Vigil - when did you start and finish?
Replies: 43
Views: 25916

Re: Easter Vigil - when did you start and finish?

Alleluia SPOKEN!!!! Total travesty. Do you mean the celbrant said "Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia", then the Congregation said "Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia", then the celebrant again, etc through three iterations? A travesty indeed - did he use a higher voice each time? Q As a ma...
by John Ainslie
Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:04 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Easter Vigil - when did you start and finish?
Replies: 43
Views: 25916

Re: Easter Vigil - when did you start and finish?

Started at 8 - dark enough in London. Finished at 10.15. One confirmation, no baptisms/receptions, Litany and other sung requirements duly sung: the priest did a good job of the Exultet (long version). Minimum three OT readings.
by John Ainslie
Tue Apr 07, 2015 3:00 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Blessing and sprinkling
Replies: 2
Views: 2471

Re: Blessing and sprinkling

Ah! I see a new liturgical ministry of special interest to gardeners - catching rainwater to use in the Rite of Sprinkling in place of much-processed tap water. We'll call said gardener an Aquifer. And surely there are lots of suitable scriptural texts to go with it - e.g. Isaiah 55:10-11.
by John Ainslie
Fri Jan 09, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Christmas Greetings
Replies: 12
Views: 6910

Re: Christmas Greetings

Of course SC is right about the Sanctus. It only shows (a) how easily well-sung music can be a siren voice, (b) how watching a televised Mass from the comfort of an armchair at home is a wholly different situation to being a worshipper actually present at a liturgical event. Did I feel challenged to...
by John Ainslie
Mon Dec 29, 2014 5:49 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Christmas Greetings
Replies: 12
Views: 6910

Re: Christmas Greetings

I stumbled upon the Papal Night Mass (at 10 pm local time) on Sky Arts 2. The Ordinary in Latin Cum Jubilo - a refreshing change from De Angelis - and led by a choir who despite rather than because of their furiously arm-waving conductor sang the best Gregorian chant I have ever heard from St Peter'...
by John Ainslie
Tue Dec 23, 2014 5:06 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Responses to the Prayer of the Faithful
Replies: 11
Views: 10497

Re: Responses to the Prayer of the Faithful

I fully agree with Southern Comfort. It is common practice at my church to sing the response at the main sung Masses, varying the text by season. The cantor thus determines the length of the pause. S/he sings the first half of a response, the people completing it. The effect of a pause plus sung res...
by John Ainslie
Tue Dec 02, 2014 5:42 pm
Forum: Sounds Off
Topic: Notation software
Replies: 89
Views: 68831

Re: Notation software

The great thing about Capella - and I have used it for the whole of my English Proper Chants (melody and accompaniment editions) - is that you can dispense with bar lines as a regular feature altogether, and just insert them where you want them. Invaluable for chant and free-rhythm composing. Only ...
by John Ainslie
Sun Nov 30, 2014 3:08 pm
Forum: Sounds Off
Topic: Notation software
Replies: 89
Views: 68831

Re: Notation software

The great thing about Capella - and I have used it for the whole of my English Proper Chants (melody and accompaniment editions) - is that you can dispense with bar lines as a regular feature altogether, and just insert them where you want them. Invaluable for chant and free-rhythm composing. Only a...
by John Ainslie
Thu Jul 24, 2014 4:21 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Eucharistic Adoration
Replies: 17
Views: 9333

Re: Eucharistic Adoration

In my parish we have Sung Evening Prayer and Benediction every Sunday shortly before the Evening Mass: exposition first, then EP, then 5-10 minutes' silent adoration, then Benediction, finishing with the Marian antiphon by the Lady statue - 35 minutes in all. Usually starts with about half a dozen, ...
by John Ainslie
Mon Apr 07, 2014 4:39 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Palm Sunday for guitars and flute
Replies: 25
Views: 12703

Re: Palm Sunday for guitars and flute

Besides the tradition of doing without instruments for much of the Triduum, there is a lot to be said for doing without instruments from time to time. It prevents people thinking that because there are no instrumentalists around, they can't sing. On the contrary, saying to people (explicitly or impl...
by John Ainslie
Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:52 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Litany of Saints at The Easter Vigil
Replies: 10
Views: 5763

Re: Litany of Saints at The Easter Vigil

There is a traditional order for the saints invoked in the Litany of the Saints:

    biblical saints
    martyrs (men first)
    non-martyrs:
      men
        popes
        bishops
        others
      women
Within each category the listing is in historical order.

I provide this for information only.
by John Ainslie
Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:18 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Resource for Cantors
Replies: 3
Views: 2942

Re: Resource for Cantors

I like the videos and accompanying documents. My grouse is not about the subject matter or the presentation. It is about the title 'cantor'. Paul Inwood recently wrote in the PrayTell blog: The problem with 'cantor' is that it can be interpreted simply as psalmist or even soloist. The French term an...
by John Ainslie
Tue Nov 19, 2013 9:47 am
Forum: Sounds Off
Topic: English Proper Chants
Replies: 10
Views: 10957

Re: English Proper Chants

This is exactly the kind of discussion about 'Proper' texts that I hoped would result from my efforts. I refer readers to my Best-Practice Guide, for which you'll find the link on the third page of http://www.benedicamus.org.uk/chants . The first four lines of my Foreword read: This collection of se...
by John Ainslie
Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:06 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: The wickedness of face cream
Replies: 150
Views: 106279

Re: The wickedness of face cream

http://www.ssg.org.uk/phpBB3/images/smilies/icon_redface.gif I wasn't responsible for the concordat for this part of the Missal. In any case the job of the concordat'ers is not to duplicate the work of the publisher's proof-readers. In the case of the readings, it was not clear just what source the...
by John Ainslie
Fri Nov 15, 2013 6:46 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: The wickedness of face cream
Replies: 150
Views: 106279

Re: The wickedness of face cream

A friend of mine who came to the Mass at St John's Wood last Saturday spotted this typo in the CTS 'Brick' Daily Missal (p. 3132):

...Making a whip out of some chord, he drove them all out of the temple...

The lost chord? A (very) flat minor? Dischord or discord?