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by John Ainslie
Fri Nov 03, 2006 5:05 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Requiem Masses & Funeral Services
Replies: 32
Views: 14028

If at a funeral, the congregation is made up of maybe two dozen, weepy, 'unchurched' people, does expecting them to sing anything at all add to the liturgy, or actually detract from it? We've probably all accompanied embarrassed silence in our time. This is a very real question - and it applies to ...
by John Ainslie
Sun Aug 13, 2006 4:49 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Latin II
Replies: 41
Views: 22441

May I sound a note of caution on reading Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger's sayings on liturgical music too selectively. 'A New Song for the Lord' is a collection of articles written over many years for distinct occasions: in the case of the most quoted article on liturgical music, 'In the Presence of the ...
by John Ainslie
Mon Apr 03, 2006 9:55 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Cardinal Arinze at Westminster
Replies: 4
Views: 2935

The texts of Cardinal Arinze's address and the other subsidiary presentations that preceded it are on the Westminster diocesan website (w) The cathedral appeared to be full (seating-wise) for the lecture. Afterwards the Cardinal presided at Vespers and Mass, for which the music was led by Canticum P...
by John Ainslie
Wed Mar 22, 2006 11:00 am
Forum: Core Repertoire
Topic: Antiphons
Replies: 30
Views: 35167

Antiphons

In the interests of trying yet again to get the congregation to join in vocally at Communion, I have tried a Taizé-like approach this Lent: choose a very simple short refrain and repeat it, mantra-like, many times. Then, for a break, have a single psalm verse before repeating the refrain a few more...
by John Ainslie
Mon Mar 06, 2006 9:23 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: What wondrous love is this?
Replies: 11
Views: 5455

What wondrous love is this?

Reply to Merseyrider: send an email to john.ainslie@ssg.org.uk and I'll send you a PDF of an arrangement of 'What wondrous love'.
by John Ainslie
Mon Mar 06, 2006 9:04 am
Forum: Sounds Off
Topic: Chant based Eucharistic settings
Replies: 42
Views: 46177

Psalm Tones and Antiphons

Gregory Murray's eight psalm-tones for the eight plainsong modes were evidently published by L. J. Cary before 1968 and were acknowledged as © L. J. Cary & Co in the Simple Gradual (1969), in which they were used extensively alongside Laurence Bévenot's and Joseph Gelineau's tones. On the more...
by John Ainslie
Fri Jan 27, 2006 10:13 am
Forum: Sounds Off
Topic: Chant based Eucharistic settings
Replies: 42
Views: 46177

Plainsong-style Mass Settings

I have just started using an English plainsong-style setting in my parish. Two Sundays old, but the congregation (or as many of them as sing) has got the hang of it. Based on Gloria XV, but enriched with a phrase from Gloria XII and a low Te-Deum-style middle section. I'll happily share it: email me...
by John Ainslie
Mon Oct 03, 2005 10:48 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Diocesan Music Committee
Replies: 18
Views: 9003

In Westminster we have a Liturgy Commission, chaired by Fr Allen Morris, and, among its various committees, a Music Committee, chaired by Ian Coleman, of which I am a member. The first job of the music committee has been to try to discover what is being sung at Sunday Masses in parishes and what hel...