Sacred Notes

Sacred Notes

Pentecost and Antiphons

Posted by Sir Mac Cooney on 10/30/17

Did you recognize something different with the music for communion on Pentecost?

What you heard was the communion antiphon for Pentecost, and the text was an English translation taken from the Graduale Romanum (this is essentially the musician’s version of the lectionary). You might recall singing or reading the ... Read More »

Sacred Song: United to the Word

Posted by Sir Mac Cooney on 10/30/17

“The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred song united to the words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy.” (Sacrosanctum Concilium 112)

This quote is from the document Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, which is one of the constitutions of the Second Vatican Council. Contained within, are the fundamental principles and guidelines of the role of music in the ... Read More »

Agnus.. what?

Posted by Sir Mac Cooney on 10/30/17


Do you know what we are singing in Latin when the priest breaks the bread during mass (which, by the way, is called the Fraction Rite)? We are singing “Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.” And the last time ... Read More »

Different Language – Same Mystery

Posted by Sir Mac Cooney on 10/30/17

Instructions on how to assemble a piece of furniture are most useful to me if they are in English. I need to be able to fully understand and comprehend them in order to assemble said piece of furniture. Liturgy, on the other hand, is not an instruction manual to ... Read More »

Quotes from some light reading...

Posted by Sir Mac Cooney on 10/30/17

“Properly liturgical music, sacred and beautiful, is intrinsic to the liturgy; without it, the liturgy looses its force.” 

“One of the best means to ensure the sacredness of the liturgy is singing. Singing takes the whole proceeding out of the frame of the everyday, of the secular.”

“Singing elevates ... Read More »

Rediscovering Worship and Sacred Music – An Introduction

Posted by Sir Mac Cooney on 10/30/17

“How I wept, deeply moved by your hymns, songs, and the voices that echoed through your Church! What emotion I experienced in them! Those sounds flowed into my ears, distilling the truth in my heart. A feeling of devotion surged within me, and tears streamed down my face — ... Read More »


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