1. Hi everyone, Merry Christmas, and welcome back to the blog. I hope you had a wonderful beginning to the Christmas season. For me, January is the reverse side of the neighborhood pariah coin that began after Thanksgiving. Just as our house was one of very few without Christmas decorations up during Advent, now our house will be one of the last to take them down when the Christmas season ends at the Feast of the Purification of Mary (Candlemas) on February 2.
4. I finished my birthday present from Sharon, The Sword of Honour trilogy, by Evelyn Waugh. It is so satisfyingly good I can’t describe it. Maybe the best thing about it is that I can’t quite lay my finger on just what it is about it that resonates. The whole thing in its entirety, I guess. It just feels Catholic, is all I can say, though it is less about Catholicism than Brideshead Revisited is. I guess it really is that the hero, a Catholic, just acts like a Catholic, which can be mystifying to others much of the time.
The Musica Sacra Saint Louis Conference will give special focus to the treasury of Gregorian Chant, Polyphony and their modern vernacular adaptations employed in use in the sacred Liturgy today. Keynote addresses will discuss What is Liturgical Music, The Importance of Singing the Mass, & Resources for Parish Musicians. In addition, several workshops will be offered. The conference is for Priests, Deacons, Seminarians, Directors of Music, Organists, Cantors, Choirs, and all those either responsible for sacred music within the Church or those who have a love for the vast treasury of sacred music in the Church. Included in the faculty are Mr. Nick Botkins, Director of Sacred Music/Master of the Choirs at St. Francis de Sales Oratory, Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (Advanced Chant/Polyphonic Choir) and Fr. Samuel Weber, OSB, Director of the Institute of Sacred Music, Archdiocese of Saint Louis (Beginning Chant/Speaker). The combined choirs will sing for the 4:30 pm parish Mass on Saturday, February 26.
The registration fee for the conference is $125.00 and will include tuition, music packet, Thursday dinner, Friday & Saturday lunch. Registration is now open. Registration is limited to 75 participants.