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God is with Us
Sunday, December 14, 2014, 7:00 AM

Chantus Maximus at St. Seraphim Cathedral, Dallas, TX – December 12, 2010



The Nature of Beauty and Sacred Art – Part Two
Saturday, November 29, 2014, 12:00 PM

David Clayton, professor at Saint Thomas More College of the Liberal Arts in Merrimack, NH, discusses the art of the Baroque and the Counter-Reformation. Part Two of Two.



St Cecilia
Sunday, November 23, 2014, 7:00 AM

In honor of St. Cecilia, patron saint of music.

“Virgin and martyr, patroness of church music, died at Rome.

This saint, so often glorified in the fine arts and in poetry, is one of the most venerated martyrs of Christian antiquity. The oldest historical account of St. Cecilia is found in the “Martyrologium Hieronymianum”; from this it is evident that her feast was celebrated in the Roman Church in the fourth century.”



The Nature of Beauty and Sacred Art – Part One
Saturday, November 22, 2014, 12:10 PM

David Clayton, professor at Saint Thomas More College of the Liberal Arts in Merrimack, NH, discusses the Christian perspective on art, cosmic beauty, first principles, and the Transcendentals. Part Two next week-end.



Saint John Chrysostom
Sunday, November 16, 2014, 7:00 AM

In honor of his feast day, November 13, which I neglected last week.

A good documentary on St John Chrysostom–the Golden-Tongued–Doctor of the Church and author of the Orthodox liturgy, which has taken place every Sunday in every Eastern Orthodox and Byzantine Rite Catholic church—regardless of country, regardless of language—for the last 1500 years. It is a condensed version of the Liturgy of St Basil and is composed almost entirely of text directly from the Bible. The music varies depending on local tastes, but the text remains identical.

Here’s a shortened version of St John’s Liturgy by Tchaikovsky to give you a taste (the actual liturgy takes a couple of hours):

St John is also known for his tender and stirring Paschal Homily, read at every Eastern Orthodox Pascha (Easter) celebration.



Jeremy Begbie: Theology through the arts
Saturday, November 8, 2014, 10:10 AM

Fascinating insights from a Theologian/Musician



Get Out and Vote!
Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 9:00 AM

Head to your polling place—take a sick-bag with you, if necessary—and vote. If you don’t have the opportunity to vote for your own cause, then at least vote against the Devil’s cause—don’t let the Perfect be the enemy of the Good.

It is true that silence gives consent. Do you really want your own inaction to contribute to the furtherance of public policies with which you vehemently disagree?

Vote.



Lagniappe – Mahalia Jackson
Sunday, November 2, 2014, 7:00 AM

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

The great Mahalia Jackson:

How Great Thou Art

O mighty God, when I behold the wonder
Of nature’s beauty, wrought by words of thine,
And how thou leadest all from realms up yonder,
Sustaining earthly life with love benign,

Refrain:
With rapture filled, my soul thy name would laud,
O mighty God! O mighty God! (repeat)

When I behold the heavens in their vastness,
Where golden ships in azure issue forth,
Where sun and moon keep watch upon the fastness
Of changing seasons and of time on earth.

When crushed by guilt of sin before thee kneeling,
I plead for mercy and for grace and peace,
I feel thy balm and, all my bruises healing,
My soul is filled, my heart is set at ease.

And when at last the mists of time have vanished
And I in truth my faith confirmed shall see,
Upon the shores where earthly ills are banished
I’ll enter Lord, to dwell in peace with thee.



Lagniappe – The Bulgarian National Choir
Sunday, October 26, 2014, 7:00 AM

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

The Lord’s Prayer



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.


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