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by nazard
Wed Jan 10, 2007 7:47 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Proclamation of the date of Easter
Replies: 16
Views: 5440

We more than doubled the number at our Easter Vigil last year by letting it be known among the congregation on palm Sunday that the folk group would be doing Easter Sunday mass. I hope that most of you have folk groups good enough to make this tactic ineffective.
by nazard
Mon Jan 08, 2007 8:03 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Baptism of Our Lord - 1st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Replies: 9
Views: 2628

The Clifton Ordo does not make today a Holiday of Obligation and makes next Sunday the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
by nazard
Mon Jan 08, 2007 8:01 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Imprimatur
Replies: 7
Views: 2366

Imprimatur

Until about 1975, hymnbooks intended for catholics had the "Imprimatur" of a catholic bishop on their title page. This told the would buyers reader that a bishop considered the book to be free of doctrinal or moral error. Since then hymnbooks have not had an imprimatur. A few have an intro...
by nazard
Tue Dec 12, 2006 8:21 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Replies: 53
Views: 17209

The candle song may be 'tosh' to your older sensibilities, but these are children and families geared up to 'The wheels on the bus,' and 'Humpty Dumpty.' V. We have just got rid of "Light the wretched candle 1" this year after being inflicted with it for five. Everyone still stuck with it...
by nazard
Tue Dec 12, 2006 8:16 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Replies: 53
Views: 17209

For the same reason he won't allow cantors to introduce a Gloria refrain, on the basis that in a plainchant setting the Priest intones "Gloria in excelsis Deo" Discuss! I know that it is common practice for the priest to intone the gloria, but is it actually laid down in any document that...
by nazard
Mon Dec 04, 2006 8:07 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Start of Advent
Replies: 69
Views: 19858

For those of us who went to school in the middle of Birmingham, cross country was rather misnamed, rather like December 1st on Radio 3.
by nazard
Tue Nov 28, 2006 8:10 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: O Jesus Christ, remember
Replies: 3
Views: 2294

I like to use this one as a recessional especially on Ascension Day. I always use the tune "Pearsall" for it, which always was associated with it in catholic hymn books until recently, and leave the slightly dreary Aurelia ( O'Reillya ) for less inspiring hymns. I trust that my last commen...
by nazard
Wed Nov 15, 2006 8:25 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Pater Noster
Replies: 1
Views: 1618

I don't know what the new translation of the Pater Noster will be, but if its not too late I would like to put in a plea to the translators not to change it. I don't know where the present translation came from. It isn't the Douay and it isn't the King James. Some anglicans use it, but they can't te...
by nazard
Tue Oct 31, 2006 8:16 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Requiem Masses & Funeral Services
Replies: 32
Views: 10032

When people are selecting music for a funeral, I always suggest "Hodie in paradisium" (or a translation) for the recessional. I think it it totally apt and hauntingly beautiful. No one ever takes up the suggestion. Does any one else try to use this? Interestingly, for funerals people seem ...
by nazard
Fri Oct 13, 2006 7:22 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Gathering of Witnesses
Replies: 13
Views: 5133

mcb asked if I meant that amateur volunteers are the cause of the problem. To clarify what I meant, the phrase was just there to show that my thoughts do not apply to those few parishes (mainly cathedrals) which can and do afford to pay professional musicians. They are very largely outside my experi...
by nazard
Thu Oct 12, 2006 7:57 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Gathering of Witnesses
Replies: 13
Views: 5133

I feel that there are various problems with music in parishes which rely on amateur volunteers for their music. There is a great lack of training and expertise. This affects all instruments. The organ has a slight advantage here that the sight of two or more manuals, a pedalboard and a bristling arr...
by nazard
Thu Oct 05, 2006 7:41 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: James MacMillan's thoughts on Bind Us Together
Replies: 11
Views: 4427

I wonder why "Bind us together" was singled out as worthy of mention. Bad though it is, there are a great many worse. It does have a bit of a tune and it does keep moving. It also mentions God. Brides have a problem with the current lack of knowledge of hymns in the population in general. ...
by nazard
Wed Sep 13, 2006 7:37 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Westminster Cathedral
Replies: 41
Views: 16220

Precentor, I have been reading this board for a long time, but you have finally given me the push I needed to get a login and chip in to the debate. I want to give you every encouragement in what you do. I am the organist and choir master of a small parish deep in the west country. We have what I gu...