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by Howard Baker
Mon Mar 18, 2013 5:30 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Readings for the Easter Vigil
Replies: 30
Views: 13350

Re: Readings for the Easter Vigil

Lovely to have all the readings, but if there are multiple baptisms and receptions, perhaps confirmations too, and plenty of singing, doesn't that mean two-and-a-half hours plus? Can even the enthusiasts last that long? (It reminds me of a wonderful passage in David Madsen's novel, 'Memoirs of a Gno...
by Howard Baker
Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:57 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: New Pope
Replies: 54
Views: 21306

New Pope

Sancte Francisce, ora pro eo.
by Howard Baker
Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:08 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Pope's resignation
Replies: 29
Views: 10374

Re: Pope's resignation

Does anyone else get the faint impression that Nick B is not an admirer of HH?
by Howard Baker
Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:39 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Pope's resignation
Replies: 29
Views: 10374

Re: Pope's resignation

I wasn't thinking of ignoring the First Sunday of Lent, just of maybe having a hymn or chant or something to mark what's happening in the world.
by Howard Baker
Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:23 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Pope's resignation
Replies: 29
Views: 10374

Re: Pope's resignation

Ah, come on! Major coverage of events related to our chief pastor in the world's media (on the BBC news again as I type), generating much positive interest from outside the Church, and we just ignore it completely next Sunday....? Might we not just adjust the musical/liturgical conventions a bit now...
by Howard Baker
Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:08 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Pope's resignation
Replies: 29
Views: 10374

Re: Pope's resignation

Is anyone planning to allude musically to the event next Sunday? (A 'Christus vincit' at the end of Mass, or something? I guess Lent makes it even more tricky.)
by Howard Baker
Wed Dec 05, 2012 4:12 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Hymns for Advent and Holy Family
Replies: 2
Views: 15317

Re: Hymns for Advent and Holy Family

Here are the words for easier copying: 1. Saint in the shadows always out of sight, Joseph, just and faithful, lead us to the light. Saint of anxious caring, breadwinner and guide, still be our guardian always at our side. 2. Bright flower of Juda, girl of Galilee, Mother of our Saviour, star of the...
by Howard Baker
Sat Dec 01, 2012 5:04 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Hymns for Advent and Holy Family
Replies: 2
Views: 15317

Hymns for Advent and Holy Family

[list=][/list]Mgr Kevin Nichols (1929–2006), author of 'In bread we bring', 'Our Father, we have wandered' and other hymns, asked me to edit two anthologies of his poetry. Both were published by 'Sursum Corda' the imprint of St Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle upon Tyne, one of them posthumously. However...
by Howard Baker
Sat Nov 17, 2012 9:23 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: BJHN conference speech
Replies: 48
Views: 15216

Re: BJHN conference speech

Sorry, NB, for my techno-idiocy. HB
by Howard Baker
Sat Nov 17, 2012 7:05 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: BJHN conference speech
Replies: 48
Views: 15216

Re: BJHN conference speech

he'd be pushing for an entire revision of not just antiphons but the whole Missal! (Even in the Sacred College there is a polarity on matters liturgical - Martini/Pell) Cardinal Martini of happy memory? Antiphons and the Missal would be the least of it! If only he had been thirty years younger: per...
by Howard Baker
Sat Nov 17, 2012 6:07 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: BJHN conference speech
Replies: 48
Views: 15216

Re: BJHN conference speech

But there is a huge range of practice (even here in this self-selecting group). Is it down to taste?
by Howard Baker
Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:53 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: BJHN conference speech
Replies: 48
Views: 15216

Re: BJHN conference speech

Grumpy? No, I asked for it; I shouldn't have used the word 'rules' to start with. (Mind, being no expert, I have difficulty in figuring out what the criteria are for good practice in liturgy: still, mercifully we don't, a la Ofsted, have an OfLit - I don't think the distant CDW counts.)
by Howard Baker
Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:25 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: BJHN conference speech
Replies: 48
Views: 15216

Re: BJHN conference speech

Howard Baker wrote: ironically, churches ditched a ready-made selection of biblical texts in favour of largely non-biblical hymns, just as the Church was encouraging a deeper knowledge of scripture... My experience is somewhat different– churches ditched a huge selection of non-biblical hymns in fa...
by Howard Baker
Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:05 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: BJHN conference speech
Replies: 48
Views: 15216

Re: BJHN conference speech

Well, I wasn't meaning to be get all legalistic. I have tended to read GIRM as implying (though it doesn't precisely state) an order of preference; this is as reasonable an inference as the no-preference-implied-because-no-ordinal-numbers reading of it. After all, the GR is pretty hallowed by ancien...
by Howard Baker
Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:15 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: BJHN conference speech
Replies: 48
Views: 15216

Re: BJHN conference speech

Cullen is being polemical for sure, but surely his point about propers stands. It has just suited most of us over the years to ignore the liturgical rules. Hymns are easy and provide for ready participation (yet many Catholics won't sing even hymns). And why get anxious if the GR introit is not on t...