Sacred Music Colloquium
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 12:09 PM

Although the Church these days is everywhere beset with difficulties, it is the light of Christ on earth, and it shall never go out. There may be fewer Christians in the future, but I believe they will be stronger in faith and more committed in practice. One indication of this hope is the growth of several movements within the church—liturgical, artistic, musical—to re-affirm the role of the Transcendental in Church experience, to bring back Beauty. Beauty, more than reason, quickens the soul towards God.

This documentary from the Church Music Association of America speaks from a Roman Catholic perspective, but it contains several universal ideas about the practice of church music.



Govt tells Christian ministers: Perform same-sex weddings or face jail, fines
Monday, October 20, 2014, 10:24 AM

tank ma Govt tells Christian ministers: Perform same sex weddings or face jail, finesLately, the atheist Left is showing every sign of believing it has won the Culture Wars by ratcheting up the consequences of heresy to an increasingly painful degree.  Make no mistake: Secularism is a competing religion.  The only thing currently standing between the individual and the dehumanizing utilitarianism of the secular state is the Church. If the state of Idaho wins, it is another step in the rapid criminalization of our faith.

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for a temporary restraining order Friday to stop officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, from forcing two ordained Christian ministers to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples.

Now would be a good time to donate to the Alliance Defending Freedom. The ADF is also taking point in the battle against the egregious subpoenas issued by the city of Houston to five clerics, asserting an imaginary and unconstitutional power to censor the content of their sermons. It is not a time to be passive; it is time to act.



Feast of St Luke the Apostle
Sunday, October 19, 2014, 7:00 AM

The Passion According to St. Luke – Bach

The Catholic church celebrates St Luke the Apostle on October 18.



Sacred Music – Part Four
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 12:00 PM

Last of four episodes of the BBC’s series on Sacred Music.
Bach and the Lutheran Legacy



St. Symeon the New Theologian
Sunday, October 12, 2014, 12:00 PM

st symeon the new theologian 207x300 St. Symeon the New TheologianBy what boundless mercy, my Savior,
have you allowed me to become a member of your body?
Me, the unclean, the defiled, the prodigal.
How is it that you have clothed me
in the brilliant garment,
radiant with the splendor of immortality,
that turns all my members into light?
Your body, immaculate and divine,
is all radiant with the fire of your divinity,
with which it is ineffably joined and combined.
This is the gift you have given me, my God:
that this mortal and shabby frame
has become one with your immaculate body
and that my blood has mingled
with your blood.
I know, too,
that I have been made one with your divinity
and have become your own most pure body,
a brilliant member, transparently lucid,
luminous and holy.
I see the beauty of it all, I can gaze on the radiance.
I have become a reflection of the light of your grace.

St. Symeon the New Theologian (949 – 1032)
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Excerpt from A Neglected Masterpiece of the Christian Mystical Tradition by Father John A. McGuckin:

The Byzantine saint and poet Symeon the New Theologian (949–1022) is one of the Christian world’s greatest mystics, if such a term can properly be used of ancient writers. It is here applied for the sake of convenience, and for the purpose of unveiling the author, as it were, who is not only a visionary of the highest order within the Eastern Orthodox tradition, but equally one of the Christian world’s most lyrical and rhapsodic writers. It is a startling fact that it is only in recent years that his works have become available in English translation, and a sadder one that his name is still largely unknown to a wider public who would otherwise undoubtedly be interested in a spirituality suffused with light and hope and one of the most profound senses of the mercy and compassion of God. The situation of neglect is comparable to finding something of the quality of the works of San Juan de la Cruz still awaiting an edition.

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Amazon’s St. Symeon page with works translated into English:
St. Symeon



Lagniappe – Dawn Rodgers & Eric Wyse
Sunday, October 12, 2014, 7:00 AM

This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it! ~ Psalm 118:24

Wonderful Merciful Savior

Wonderful, merciful Savior
Precious Redeemer and friend
Who would have thought that a lamb could
Rescue the souls of men
Oh, You rescue the souls of men

Counselor, Comforter, Keeper
Spirit we long to embrace
You offer hope when our hearts have
Hopelessly lost the way
Oh, we hopelessly lost the way (more…)



Sacred Music – Part Three
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 9:00 AM

Third of four episodes of the BBC’s series on Sacred Music.
Byrd & Tallis: Singing the Lord’s song in a strange land



Feast of St. Francis
Sunday, October 5, 2014, 7:00 AM

Seigneur, je vous en prie

~Francis Poulenc (1948)

Lord, I beg Thee, let the burning and gentle force of Thy love pervade my soul
and withdraw it from all that is beneath Heaven,
that I might die through love of Thy love,
since Thou didst deign to die through love of my love.

For the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi



Sacred Music – Part Two
Saturday, October 4, 2014, 12:00 PM

The second of a four-part series on Sacred Music presented by the BBC: Palestrina and the Popes.



September 30 – St. Jerome
Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 7:00 AM

“Jerome (in Latin, Eusebius Hieronymus) was one of the most important scholars of the early Christian Church. His translation of the Bible into Latin would become the standard edition throughout the Middle Ages, and his viewpoints on monasticism would be influential over the centuries. (more…)

Quote:

“Ecclesiastical rank does not make a man a Christian. The centurion Cornelius was still a heathen when he was cleansed by the gift of the Holy Spirit. Daniel was but a child when he judged the elders. Amos was plucking blackberries when in a moment he was made a prophet. David was only a shepherd when he was chosen to be king. The least of his disciples was the one whom Jesus loved most. My brother, sit down in the lower place… ”

St. Jerome, Letter 14 to To Heliodorus, a Monk

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