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  • What's a Hymn For? (Catholic Music in the USA)

    11/02/2007 2:40:04 PM PDT · by maryz · 83 replies · 753+ views
    Standing on My Head ^ | November 1, 2007 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    I'm having some problems with music in Catholic America. Part of it is my problem. I spent fifteen years in the Anglican Church with the New English Hymnal--which is probably the finest hymnbook ever published in the English language. Musically and liturgically it was the best that traditional Anglicanism had to offer. Catholic music in England--well we won't even go there. Apart from a few islands of decent church music the Catholic church in England was a wasteland. I am discovering that in the USA it is not much better. My problem is that I am actually unfamiliar with most...
  • Cross? What Cross?

    07/28/2007 6:54:40 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 14 replies · 477+ views
    Mere Comments (Touchstone) ^ | July 24, 2007 | Anthony Esolen
    I've recently been strapping on the swamp boots to wade through something called Glory and Praise, perhaps the most commonly used Roman Catholic hymnal in the United States and Canada. Oh, it is sloppy and noisome work, logging the bathos, stupidity, banality, heresy, and textual vandalism. I've concluded, though, that there is one factor that touches every problem, something that helps explain these apparently disparate acts of mischief: -- the neutering of old masculine language about mankind and even God -- the heedless fouling up of the old poetry, to update a "thou" and a "thee" -- the seizing of...
  • Jesus Laughed ("A new Church for people that don't like Church")['Baby Got Book' Video]

    07/10/2007 4:28:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 118 replies · 2,128+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | July 6, 2007 | Kevin Sites
    Preacher Dan Smith turned a rap song about babes with booty into a spoof Internet hit, and used it to help create a new church for people who hate church. Dan Smith thinks Christians take themselves too seriously. Pastor Dan Smith's 'Baby Got Book' video, a big hit online, helped him start his Momentum Church. "We can be dorks," he says after Sunday service in suburban Cleveland. "We can be Ned Flanders and basically speak jargon that nobody understands." The 33-year-old pastor has made it his mission to turn the notion of earnest, boring, humorless Christianity on its head —...
  • God of our Fathers (National Hymn)

    07/01/2007 5:45:11 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 6 replies · 1,882+ views
    Gospelcom ^ | 1876 | Daniel C. Roberts
    God of our Fathers (National Hymn) Daniel C. Roberts, the 35 year-old rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, a small rural church in Brandon, Vermont, wanted a new hymn for his congregation to celebrate the American Centennial in 1876. He wrote "God of Our Fathers" and his congregation sang it to the tune Russian Hymn. In 1892, he anonymously sent the hymn to the General Convention for consideration by the commission formed to revise the Episcopal hymnal. If approved, he promised to send his name. The commission approved it, printing it anonymously in its report. Rev. Dr. Tucker, who was...
  • THE IMPOTENT CHURCH

    06/11/2007 9:54:32 AM PDT · by blue-duncan · 12 replies · 441+ views
    Grove Church/Crisis Magazine | Feb. 1999 | Leon Podles
    The Church Impotent by Leon Podles Despite constant feminist complaints about the patriarchal tendencies of Christianity, men are largely absent from the Christian churches of the modern Western world. Lay men often attend church activities because a wife, mother, or girlfriend has pressured them. As, Tom Forrest, a priest active in international evangelization, points out, only twenty-five percent of the participants in Catholic gatherings he has attended are men, and "when men do come, they are often brought along with some resistance by their wives." While men still run most churches, women outnumber them in the pews in Europe, in...
  • "'When Life's Troubles Rise to Meet Me': Sifted in Satan's Sieve" (Paul Gerhardt sermon series)

    03/14/2007 9:10:02 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies · 442+ views
    March 14, 2007 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "'When Life's Troubles Rise to Meet Me’: Sifted in Satan's Sieve"(Sermon series on "The Hymns of Paul Gerhardt")Tonight marks the third in our series of midweek services on “The Hymns of Paul Gerhardt.” We are using the life and the hymns of this great Lutheran pastor and poet as an aid for our Lenten devotion. We began two weeks ago by seeing Gerhardt’s life as an example of how to live as a baptized child of God within your vocation. Last week we heard how Gerhardt’s hymns warm the believer’s heart by pointing us to God’s great love all around...
  • Lutheranism's Sweetest Voice Turns 400: Paul Gerhardt's beloved hymns were a product of suffering

    03/12/2007 8:23:38 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 22 replies · 2,383+ views
    Concordia Seminary Institute on Lay Vocation ^ | February 23, 2007 | Uwe Siemon-Netto
    Lutheranism’s Sweetest Voice Turns 400Paul Gerhardt’s beloved hymns were a product of sufferingMalcolm Muggeridge once called suffering the only method by which we have ever learned anything. Nothing corroborates this British author’s insight more profoundly than the poetry of Paul Gerhardt, who was born exactly four centuries ago, on March 12, 1607, in Gräfenhainichen near Wittenberg. For most of his childhood, youth and maturity, this Saxon pastor experienced one of the worst calamities that ever afflicted Central Europe – the Thirty Years’ War (1618-48). Yet “the religious song of Germany found its purest and sweetest expression in the hymns of...
  • "'Oh, May Thy Love Possess Me Whole': A Heart Warmed with Love" (Paul Gerhardt sermon series)

    03/07/2007 9:03:06 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies · 384+ views
    March 7, 2007 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "'Oh, May Thy Love Possess Me Whole': A Heart Warmed with Love"(Sermon series on "The Hymns of Paul Gerhardt")During these midweek Lenten services we are using the hymns of Paul Gerhardt as our window to gain insight into the life of Christian devotion. Gerhardt’s hymns are rich resources for doing that. Generations of Christians have treasured these hymns and made them their own. But what is it about Gerhardt’s hymns that makes them so beloved? I think it is this: They speak to the heart of the Christian believer by expressing what is in the believer’s heart. We can identify...
  • Vatican Web Site Focuses on Lent

    03/07/2007 8:07:43 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies · 918+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | March 7, 2007
    VATICAN CITY, MARCH 7, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Internet users can live Lent with Benedict XVI this year. The Vatican Web site is offering a compilation of the Holy Father's teachings and other tools for celebrating the liturgical season. The site's Focus section offers five tabs: Words of the Holy Father, Lenten Stations, Lenten Music, Calendar of Celebrations, and Live. The first, Words of the Holy Father, is updated with Benedict XVI's teachings during this liturgical season, beginning with his message for Lent. The site will include all his addresses during Holy Week ceremonies. Under the Lenten Stations tab is a list...
  • "'Hymns That Adore Him': The Baptized Life within Your Vocation" (Paul Gerhardt sermon series)

    02/28/2007 12:57:33 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 13 replies · 693+ views
    February 28, 2007 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "'Hymns That Adore Him': The Baptized Life within Your Vocation"(Sermon series on "The Hymns of Paul Gerhardt")On March 12, 1607, in a little village near Wittenberg, Germany, Paul Gerhardt was born. As we approach the 400th anniversary of his birth in less than two weeks, and throughout this year, celebrations are being held in his honor literally around the world: a concert in St. Louis; a conference in St. Catharines, Ontario; the list goes on and on. In Germany, the Gerhardt jubilee is a very big deal. But this is nothing new over there. For many years there have been...
  • Our Heritage

    11/21/2006 10:02:51 AM PST · by Nancy Matthis · 29 replies · 457+ views
    American Daughter Media Center ^ | Tuesday, November 21st, 2006 | Nancy Matthis
    Have we forgotten the words? As we approach this Thanksgiving holiday, please take time to enjoy the verses of two traditional American songs, the Thanksgiving Hymn and the Thanksgiving Prayer. They affirm the gratitude of a people for their God. The copies we are sharing here did not come from a church hymnal. They were transcribed from a songbook distributed in our public school systems in the year 1945. This book was in every literate home in the United States at that time, and was called I Hear America Singing, or more formally Twice 55 Community Songbook. The assertion that...
  • Bishops to Vote on Norms for Hymns at Mass

    10/19/2006 6:23:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 56 replies · 1,519+ views
    USCCB ^ | October 18, 2006
    WASHINGTON (October 18, 2006) — The U.S. bishops will vote to establish norms for hymns at Mass during their annual November meeting in Baltimore, November 13-16. The new norms, which will require a two-thirds vote by the bishops and subsequent recognitio by the Holy See, are to ensure that liturgical songs will be doctrinally correct, based in the scriptural and liturgical texts and relatively fixed. The norms are part of a new “Directory for Music and the Liturgy for Use in the Dioceses in the United States of America.” The directory responds to a recommendation of Liturgiam authenticam, the fifth...
  • Heretical Hymns? (Sacred songs that contradict church teachings)

    08/29/2006 1:08:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 170 replies · 4,549+ views
    Catholic Education ^ | August 29, 2006 | George Weigel
    I love hymns. I love singing them and I love listening to them. Hearing the robust Cardiff Festival Choir belt out the stirring hymns of Ralph Vaughan Williams at what my wife regards as an intolerable volume is, for me, a terrific audio experience. It was only when I got to know certain Lutherans, though, that I began to think about hymns theologically. For classic Lutheran theology, hymns are a theological "source:" not up there with Scripture, of course, but ranking not-so-far below Luther's "Small Catechism." Hymns, in this tradition, are not liturgical filler. Hymns are distinct forms of...
  • Alan Jackson, "Precious Memories"

    06/16/2006 6:29:22 PM PDT · by conserv371 · 4 replies · 287+ views
    6/16/06 | conserv 371
    I picked up a CD by Alan Jackson at a Christian bookstore. I saw he was doing some of the old hymns and Gospel songs. I expected he was going to play in the Alan Jackson "country style". Instead it was a simple, pure versions of these songs using an acoustic guitar, piano, and organ. His family joined in on some of the songs. I learned on Amazon from a review that the songs were originally intended for his mother but he allows us to in a sense sit quietly in the room for this special moment. Anyway, for those...
  • 270,000 attend Mass by Pope Benedict XVI (in Warsaw Poland)

    05/26/2006 4:15:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 415+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | May 26, 2006 | DAVID McHUGH
    About 270,000 people on Friday attended a Mass by Pope Benedict XVI in the same Warsaw square where his predecessor had inspired Poland's Solidarity movement against communist rule a quarter-century before.The faithful filled the rain-drenched Pilsudski Square, standing resolutely in ponchos and under umbrellas. Church bells pealed as the pope was driven to the square through streets lined with cheering, waving people. An aide held an umbrella as Benedict ascended a high Mass platform topped by a 82-foot metal cross.In his sermon, Benedict challenged moral relativism, or the view that there are no absolute values.In remarks read in Polish by...
  • Let us ignore the mantras of modernity and dance the sacred dances

    05/13/2006 1:12:32 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 7 replies · 524+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | May 13, 2006 | Geoffrey Rowell
    CHILDREN’S definitions of church are always fascinating. One of my favourites is that of the child who said that a church was “a place where people sing a lot of hymns and walk about in patterns”. For those contemporary expressions of church which owe more to the conversational idiom of the television chat show and where worship takes place in bland settings more analogous to lecture rooms than sacred space (with a corresponding loss of those essential elements of worship — awe, reverence and mystery), it is a description that may seem outdated. Nonetheless, what processions and hymns represent is...
  • Your Daily Traditional Hymn "How Great Thou Art" (For Knitting)

    04/23/2006 9:54:46 AM PDT · by Full Court · 20 replies · 4,696+ views
    Pastor Mike Paulson ^ | taditional Sweedish melody | Carl Boberg, words S. Hine music,
    How Great Thou Art, open this in another window and listen to the beautiful piano music! How Great Thou Art, open this in another window and listen to the beautiful piano music! O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonderConsider all the worlds Thy hands have made,I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,Thy power throughout the universe displayed, Refrain:Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee;How great Thou art, how great Thou art!Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee;How great Thou art, how great Thou art! When through the woods and forest glades I...
  • Your Daily Traditional Hymn "He's the Lily of the Valley" (is morning star in your bible?)

    04/06/2006 8:56:43 PM PDT · by Full Court · 6 replies · 4,242+ views
    Pastor Mikel Paulson ^ | unknown | Charles W. Fry, 1837-1882
    Lily of the Valley, right click and open a new window to hear the beautiful piano music I have found a friend in Jesus, He's ev'rything to me,He's the fairest of ten thousand to my soul;The Lily of the Valley, in Him alone I seeAll I need to cleanse and make me fully whole:In sorrow He's my comfort, in trouble He's my stay;He tells me ev'ry care on Him to roll;He's the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star,He's the fairest of ten thousand to my soul. Refrain:He's the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star,He's...
  • Your Daily Traditional Hymn "Whosoever Meaneth Me" (real piano, free Mp3)

    04/05/2006 9:04:08 PM PDT · by Full Court · 27 replies · 645+ views
    Pastor Mikel Paulson ^ | 1910 | :J. Ed­win Mc­Con­nell
    Right Click here for the beautiful music!!!"Whosoever Meaneth Me" Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.I am happy today, and the sun shines bright, The clouds have been rolled away; For the Savior said, whosoever will May come with Him to stay (to stay).Refrain“Whosoever” surely meaneth me, Surely meaneth me, O surely meaneth me; “Whosoever” surely meaneth me, “Whosoever” meaneth me.All my hopes have been raised, O His Name be praised, His...
  • Monday's Traditional Hymn "Till the Storm Passes By."

    04/03/2006 8:32:18 AM PDT · by Full Court · 15 replies · 5,997+ views
    Pastor Mikel Paulson ^ | 1958 | Mosie Lister
    'Til the Storm Passes By, Press here for the music, played on a real piano! You can download all of these free to your HD Words and Music by Mosie Lister copyright 1958 Mark 4:39 "And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace be still.  And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm." In the dark of the midnight have I oft hid my face, While the storm howls above me, and there's no hiding place. 'Mid the crash of the thunder, Precious Lord, hear my cry, Keep me safe till the storm...