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by Ephrem Feeley
Thu Jun 04, 2015 7:23 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: School Masses
Replies: 12
Views: 3870

Re: School Masses

I have been teaching RE and Music in Catholic schools in Ireland for nearly 20 years now - the past 11 years of which I've been in a great all-girls' secondary school with a strong tradition of music. I think what applies to church on Sunday morning applies right through the week too - and age shoul...
by Ephrem Feeley
Sun May 31, 2015 2:12 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Music and Liturgy: Letter to the Editor
Replies: 28
Views: 6900

Re: Music and Liturgy: Letter to the Editor

I think the concern is over whether Gregorian chant will become something like a museum piece in the history of Christian music, sung by the rare cathedral choir, or included as concert items by specialist medieval groups. Certainly much of it will go that way. But there are many gems in the Gregori...
by Ephrem Feeley
Sat May 30, 2015 2:22 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: O clap your hands
Replies: 5
Views: 2497

Re: O clap your hands

No clapping, but when it said 'Sing a new song' I preached this: https://catholicpreacher.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/sing-a-new-song-to-the-lord/ Very apt, and a good link to Gareth Malone's work too! Too many people are put off singing by a single comment somewhere in their childhood. Regarding the ...
by Ephrem Feeley
Sat May 30, 2015 2:04 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Music and Liturgy: Letter to the Editor
Replies: 28
Views: 6900

Re: Music and Liturgy: Letter to the Editor

Rather than getting embroiled in the true/not true discussion on whether Gregorian Chant is easier than contemporary forms of church music, we really have to be looking at pieces on a case-by-case basis, along with their suitability to today's liturgy. A quick flick through (and sing through) the Li...
by Ephrem Feeley
Tue Apr 21, 2015 7:47 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Easter Vigil - when did you start and finish?
Replies: 32
Views: 8912

Re: Easter Vigil - when did you start and finish?

Our Vigil started at 9pm and finished close to 11pm. Three OT readings with their psalms; everything sung, including the preface, institution narrative and mass parts; three adult baptisms. There was a very good crowd there - numbers have been growing at our Easter Vigil recently (there seemed to ha...
by Ephrem Feeley
Wed Jan 21, 2015 4:28 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Reception by eucharistic ministers
Replies: 10
Views: 3405

Re: Reception by eucharistic ministers

The problem is that it seems to take so long before the congregation sees any distribution to them. There are eight Eucharistic ministers at each of seven masses and usually one priest and deacon and a few servers. GIRM insist that the Eucharistic ministers receive the vessels for distribution dire...
by Ephrem Feeley
Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:43 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: best picks for the First Sunday Advent
Replies: 49
Views: 12223

Re: best picks for the First Sunday Advent

Other settings include the collection by Fintan O'Carroll (surprised Ephrem didn't mention this), and they are also in Music for Evening Prayer , originally published by Collins in 1978, now out of print but still available from the Stanbrook Abbey Bookshop ( http://stanbrookabbeybookshop.com/STANB...
by Ephrem Feeley
Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:56 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: best picks for the First Sunday Advent
Replies: 49
Views: 12223

Re: best picks for the First Sunday Advent

Inwood's article is well-thought out. He states "Anyone who uses O Come, O Come, Emmanuel as a kind of signature tune on all four Sundays of Advent may be just as much mistaken as the priest who won’t let that hymn be used at all until December 17." Of course, the point is that this hymn w...
by Ephrem Feeley
Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:09 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: best picks for the First Sunday Advent
Replies: 49
Views: 12223

Re: best picks for the First Sunday Advent

I understood that "O come, O come Emmanuel" was not to be sung so early in Advent. Am I mistaken? O Come Emmanuel is a metrical setting of the O Antiphons, which are sung at Vespers on the seven days preceding Christmas. However, the entire season of Advent is a time of preparation for Ch...
by Ephrem Feeley
Mon Nov 24, 2014 9:49 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Service of rededication/commission of musicians, etc
Replies: 16
Views: 6565

Re: Service of rededication/commission of musicians, etc

Yesterday morning, we had a short ceremony of blessing at the end of mass, designed by the PP. It tied in nicely with St Cecilia's Day, which was the day before. Here's the full text: Blessing of Parish Choirs, Musicians, Choir Directors and Organists Feast of St. Cecilia – Ashbourne-Donaghmore Pari...
by Ephrem Feeley
Thu Oct 23, 2014 8:18 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Carol Services
Replies: 1
Views: 1573

Carol Services

Christmas Carol Service 2009.pdf Well, it's that time of year again when we are planning the carol service for the Catholic girls' secondary school where I teach. We've done some interesting formats in the past: one in particular told the story of the Nativity from the viewpoint of the Star of Beth...
by Ephrem Feeley
Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:27 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Animals
Replies: 4
Views: 2840

Re: Animals

How about "All Things Bright and Beautiful" as one of the hymns. Psalm 8 is also good, as is the Canticle of Daniel, which exhorts all creation to bless the Lord: "You dolphins and all water creatures, bless the Lord. / All you birds of the air, bless the Lord. / All you beasts, wild ...
by Ephrem Feeley
Sat Aug 30, 2014 12:52 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Service of rededication/commission of musicians, etc
Replies: 16
Views: 6565

Re: Service of rededication/commission of musicians, etc

An excellent idea. We have been thinking of doing this in our own parish, as there are a large number of people who have been singing in choirs and music groups for years, and it would be fitting to have some form of recognition of service, as well as blessing the musicians in their work. There are ...
by Ephrem Feeley
Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:56 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Preparation of the Gifts
Replies: 5
Views: 3033

Re: Preparation of the Gifts

Just wish the collection didn't happen at this point – that seems to wreck everything. I think there is an ambiguity of language about this part of the liturgy - it masquerades under the terms "offertory", "presentation of the gifts" and "preparation of the gifts", all...
by Ephrem Feeley
Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:46 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Corpus Christi - the sequence
Replies: 5
Views: 2439

Re: Corpus Christi - the sequence

We always do the Sequence for Corpus Christi. The translation we use begins: "Behold the bread of angels sent / for pilgrims in their banishment." It works well to the tune JESU DULCIS MEMORIA, although one of the verses has an extra line, so we repeat the last line of the tune.