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by JW
Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Pipe Organs and Organists - Dying out?
Replies: 41
Views: 13539

Re: Pipe Organs and Organists - Dying out?

I very rarely draw the 16 ft manual stops on our organ as they do muddy the sound. However, I am also very aware that they could provide additional bass where an organist is unable to play the pedals. I would encourage anyone who doesn't play the pedals to have organ lessons, so that your congregati...
by JW
Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Magnum Principium
Replies: 10
Views: 4837

Re: Magnum Principium

So, in their November plenary, the Bishops Conference of England and Wales decided not to revisit the translation. They say that we have become used to the existing one so we can continue to live with it. I assume they would not agree that we should accept substandard liturgy in general just because...
by JW
Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Shalom song during the Sign of Peace
Replies: 3
Views: 2140

Shalom song during the Sign of Peace

Personally I'm uncomfortable with singing during the Sign of Peace. My view is that this should be a very simple and brief ceremony to acknowledge our unity before Christ. There are better places and times to celebrate our commitment to others than in the middle of Mass, which is primarily an act of...
by JW
Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Remembrance Sunday
Replies: 26
Views: 7850

Re: Remembrance Sunday

Re no Gloria, please see Southern Comfort's post in the Remembrance Sunday or 33rd Sunday thread last year. As it happened our PP decided to say it anyway...
by JW
Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Proms
Replies: 10
Views: 4331

Re: Proms

I loved the Vespers and thought it sounded less Russian opera and more liturgical. It was great to get a different perspective. I heard a version conducted by Stephen Layton earlier this year and he produced a more Russian sound. I'm afraid I like my comforts so buy tickets instead of promming. Can'...
by JW
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Remembrance Sunday
Replies: 26
Views: 7850

Re: Remembrance Sunday

I have to say that I don't risk playing descants as our congregation lack confidence: only on Christmas and Easter perhaps when we have strong singers in the choir. I'm sure many parishes have interesting liturgies for this day. For us there was a navel base locally till the 1980s and also earlier a...
by JW
Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Remembrance Sunday
Replies: 26
Views: 7850

Re: Remembrance Sunday

We've more or less settled on a format for our Remembrance Sunday Requiem Mass over the years. There will be a (1 minute) silence as part of the Bidding Prayers. The music list this year is as follows: Mass setting: Glendalough Mass, no Gloria. Gathering Voluntary: Opening of Bach's Actus Tragicus E...
by JW
Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Ace Maria
Replies: 6
Views: 2409

Re: Ace Maria

Just noticed the typo in the heading. It results from my phone thinking it can spell better than me! But many a true word...
by JW
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Ace Maria
Replies: 6
Views: 2409

Ace Maria

Just a heads up. Yesterday, for the umpteenth time, a Funeral Director sent me a draft order of service which included 'Ave Maria' played by the organist as a recessional. I asked the FD to check whether the family actually wanted 'As I kneel before you'. Sure enough they did. It's always worth clar...
by JW
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Ace Maria
Replies: 0
Views: 1840

Ace Maria

Just a heads up. Yesterday, for the umpteenth time, a Funeral Director sent me a draft order of service which included 'Ave Maria' played by the organist as a recessional. I asked the FD to check whether the family actually wanted 'As I kneel before you'. Sure enough they did. It's always worth clar...
by JW
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Ace Maria
Replies: 0
Views: 1738

Ace Maria

Just a heads up. Yesterday, for the umpteenth time, a Funeral Director sent me a draft order of service which included 'Ave Maria' played by the organist as a recessional. I asked the FD to check whether the family actually wanted 'As I kneel before you'. Sure enough they did. It's always worth clar...
by JW
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Muzak for the Mass
Replies: 7
Views: 3044

Re: Muzak for the Mass

It's better if there is a decent live musician or a group to play during those periods. For example a flautist plays during our Communion Procession and our group will play a verse of the Offertory hymn if needed. But you do need decent musicians.. For organists, I did a thread 10 years ago suggesti...
by JW
Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: I enjoyed that!
Replies: 15
Views: 5590

Re: I enjoyed that!

Of course, in the days of Martin Luther, before general literacy, everyone knew the chorales by heart. They probably sang them much more heartily and with greater enjoyment, for that! In Catholic tradition one could say the same about the Benediction hymns, O Salutaris Hostia, Tantum Ergo and Adorem...
by JW
Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Magnum Principium
Replies: 10
Views: 4837

Re: Magnum Principium

Time to use the 1998 Missal Translation?
by JW
Fri Sep 01, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Proms
Replies: 10
Views: 4331

Re: Proms

Sadly, organ recitals at the proms don't attract large audiences! I was at the St John Passion - brilliant, though I almost got blasted away by the organ on the last verse of 'Nun danket'! the St John is one of my favourite Bach works and it was a fitting end to the Reformation celebration. Samuel W...