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by John Ainslie
Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:25 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: High esteem for the pipe organ?
Replies: 220
Views: 62105

Re: High esteem for the pipe organ?

... and the greater challenge is not how to render the song but rather how to ensure that outsiders will 'know we are Christians by our love'. Putting faith into action beond the enclosed space of worship is a focus for the Year of Faith which we are in danger of overlooking if we concentrate on em...
by John Ainslie
Wed Oct 24, 2012 1:50 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Simple English Propers
Replies: 30
Views: 11938

Re: Simple English Propers

There is a danger that this and similar discussions on Mass propers, especially regarding Entrance Songs, can get stuck on an antiphon v. hymn dilemma. French monastic communities have developed, over the last 30 years and more, troparia. A troparion is a biblically-based text using an extension of ...
by John Ainslie
Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:02 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Simple English Propers
Replies: 30
Views: 11938

Re: Simple English Propers

The only unanswered question is whether the text of Grail IV is at all susceptible to change.... As in some of it might become more singable Quite. If you have bought the 'Singing Version' of The Revised Grail Psalms , you will have quickly discovered that the former regular stresses marked in the ...
by John Ainslie
Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:24 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Simple English Propers
Replies: 30
Views: 11938

Re: Simple English Propers

I take Southern Comfort's point about the desirability of having a single version of the psalms that everyone can become familiar with. We have been very fortunate with Grail 1 – which is why I view with discomfort the possibility of being compelled by Vox Clara or whoever to change to Grail 4, but ...
by John Ainslie
Mon Oct 22, 2012 2:50 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Simple English Propers
Replies: 30
Views: 11938

Re: Simple English Propers

For amateur choirs the whole issue of propers is fraught. In my church we have been experimenting lately with the 'Anglican Use Gradual' (available for free download, ultra-simple plainsong, same melody week, text of the Graduale Romanum but in 16th-cent English translation), using its introit foll...
by John Ainslie
Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:08 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Annual Conference - 9/10 November
Replies: 1
Views: 1102

Annual Conference - 9/10 November

Please see our website for details of our Annual Conference.

The details also include the Trustees' proposal to adopt a new Constitution, with rationale and both draft and existing Constitutions.
by John Ainslie
Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:50 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Singing the Gospel accl.
Replies: 28
Views: 8311

Re: Singing the Gospel accl.

The Litany of the Saints is not mentioned in that para in GIRM, and it has never been the Church's practice to use the ambo for this. I think the arguments are the same as those for and against using the ambo for the Universal Prayer (General Intercessions, etc.), which you could also argue has nev...
by John Ainslie
Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:48 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Singing the Gospel accl.
Replies: 28
Views: 8311

Re: Singing the Gospel accl.

Roman Missal, Easter Vigil, no 19: The Deacon, after incensing the book and the candle, proclaims the Easter Proclamation (Exsultet)... The Easter Proclamation may be made, in the absence of a Deacon, by the Priest himself or by another concelebrating Priest. If, however, because of necessity, a lay...
by John Ainslie
Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:00 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Singing the Gospel accl.
Replies: 28
Views: 8311

Re: Singing the Gospel accl.

Whatever the flexibility rightfully provided in GIRM, an important feature of the Responsorial Psalm is that it is both response to and proclamation of the Word of God, to be sung by a psalmist - indeed, this is his/her specific role in the liturgy. Therefore, wherever possible, it should be proclai...
by John Ainslie
Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:23 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: PANEL decisions
Replies: 768
Views: 142522

Re: PANEL decisions

It is hoped that Martin Foster will return to his desk in early October. And so say all of us ( alias "and with your spirit"). There was a delightful letter in the Daily Telegraph yesterday: Sir - Andrew Mitchell lost his temper. It happens. He has apologised. In Italy this would be regar...
by John Ainslie
Mon Sep 03, 2012 6:59 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Liturgical Tourism
Replies: 220
Views: 109216

Re: Liturgical Tourism

Holland America line have a priest on all their cruises - one of the reasons that I like them. He gets a free trip provided he says daily Mass for the passengers and at least sometimes for the largely Filipino crew. On my cruise to the Eastern Med this summer the priest was Canadian and he and the r...
by John Ainslie
Tue Aug 28, 2012 3:47 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Greener grass?
Replies: 32
Views: 18324

Re: Greener grass?

HLOEH appeared on the English scene in Praise the Lord (revised edition) in 1972, but although I was one of that book's co-editors I have no recollection as to what was the source of the words. Perhaps one of us had access to the Caswall collection of translations. It's a fine hymn with plenty of bi...
by John Ainslie
Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:54 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Greener grass?
Replies: 32
Views: 18324

Re: Greener grass?

I should hasten to add to my previous blog that, as well as the two hymns mentioned, we also sang the psalm, the Gospel Acclamation and the Eucharistic Acclamations (chant), as well as the Magnificat with 'The Lord has done marvels for me: Holy is his name' as refrain at Communion.
by John Ainslie
Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:39 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Greener grass?
Replies: 32
Views: 18324

Re: Greener grass?

Oh you can't keep down devotion, especially if coloured with nostalgia. We had just two hymns at our morning Mass yesterday: 'Holy light on earth's horizon' to start with, 'Tell out, my soul' at the end - and folks sang them just fine. But the organist played, as the folk were leaving, the old Lourd...
by John Ainslie
Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:40 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: High esteem for the pipe organ?
Replies: 220
Views: 62105

Re: High esteem for the pipe organ?

Dom Gregory Murray recommended one of those for a Benedictine Priory in the 1960s. I wonder if it still works. He used one himself at Downside to accompany the office from his choirstall. There's a real choirstall pipe organ in Bratislava cathedral, which still works. One manual, three octaves, if ...