Friday, September 25, 2015
An·glo·phile /ˈaNGɡləˌfīl/ noun (1) a person who is fond of or greatly admires England or Britain, adjective (1) fond of admiring England or Britain. Yes, it is no secret that I am an Anglophile. With Queen Elizabeth II recently becoming the longest-reigning British monarch in history, coupled with the season 6 premiere of "Downton Abbey" in the U.K. this past Sunday evening, keeping Anglophile pride in check has been difficult in recent days. And this Sunday...
at Friday, September 25, 2015
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Some church organists and choir directors throughout the ages have been famous composers as well. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) comes to my mind first. As kantor (choirmaster) of the Thomasschule (St. Thomas Choir School) in Leipzig, Germany, Bach actually served four congregations at once: Thomaskirche (St. Thomas Church), Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas Church), Neue Kirche (The New Church) and Peterskirche (St. Peter...
at Thursday, September 17, 2015
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
"Alternative liturgies" and "alternative worship" have been hot-button punch words for decades now. Last Sunday and this coming Sunday, our parish is experiencing a couple of alternative liturgies, one quite wonderfully intentional and one not-so-quite intentional.
This past Sunday (Sept. 6), thanks to some elderly air conditioning equipment in the nave (main church), we had to move the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service into our beautifully...
at Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
If English is our native language, why do church choirs often sing anthems in Latin? We know that all pre-Reformation worship, liturgy and music was conducted in Latin; indeed, the Protestant Reformation brought liturgy to the people in their native tongues. And though it took the Roman Catholic Church a few more years (about 413 years, actually), the Second Vatican Council brought the Mass to the people in their native tongues as well. The publishing of Archbishop Thomas...
at Wednesday, September 2, 2015