If I had to pick my favorite hymn, this might be it

This was sung throughout the Triduum at my parish, and most triumphantly last night, for the Vigil, with the Easter verses. I love it. I selected this for the entrance hymn at my Mass of Thanksgiving, too. Our choir always does a spectacular job with it. Here, a thrilling version from the choir at Notre [Read More...]

Is this the next Sister Christina? Redemptorist priest is a hit on “The Voice”

Details:  The 28-year-old Redemptorist priest Damian Maria Montes has surprised thousands of viewers of Spanish television when he passed the blind audition of La Voz (The Voice),  a reality talent show in Spain. One of the important premises of the show is the quality of the singing talent. Four coaches, themselves popular performing artists, train [Read More...]

Message for today: Stop whining

“The enemy has taken most of the Church and turned them from prophets into a bunch of complainers – myself included. We spend more time complaining about life than prophesying the love and grace of God over it. It’s an interesting thing when we silence all our prophets and turn them into complainers because it [Read More...]

Notre Dame to give Laetare Medal to Aaron Neville

The press release:  Aaron Neville, a four-time Grammy Award-winning singer and musician, will receive the University of Notre Dame’s 2015 Laetare Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics, at Notre Dame’s 170th University Commencement ceremony May 17 (Sunday). “Aaron Neville proudly embraces and honors his faith through his God-given musical talents,” said Notre Dame’s [Read More...]

So I’m sure you’ve been asking yourself, “I wonder what Tom Hanks is doing now?”

Not what you might think. He’s the star of a new music video by Carly Rae Jepsen, who made a splash some time back with “Call Me Maybe.” This is almost as infectious. It reminds me a little of the Paul Simon/Chevy Chase video for “Call Me Al.”  Enjoy. [Read more...]

A glimpse at the “hip hop Mass”

The photo above is now making the rounds on Facebook. It appears to come from an Episcopal liturgy that first became popular in the United States about a decade ago. Check out this article on the hip hop Mass from 2004:  It’s a religious form of hip hop which includes the publication of a hip hop [Read More...]

This never happens at my local Trader Joe’s

I wish it would. This was staged in London a couple years ago. For some reason, it slipped by my Flash Mob radar. Enjoy! [Read more...]

An amazing rendition of “Amazing Grace”

Someone sent this to me this afternoon, and it’s too good not to share. From Carnegie Hall a few years ago. Just watch. You may never hear this particular hymn the same way again. Image from U.S.DreamAcademy.org [Read more...]

RIP, Andraé Crouch

The gospel legend is going to see The King. He died Thursday at 72. From The Los Angeles Times:  Crouch, a Los Angeles native, died about 4:30 p.m. at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles from complications after having a heart attack on Saturday, according to Brian Mayes. “Today my twin brother, womb-mate and [Read More...]

“Sorry, ‘Silent Night,’ but nothing was calm about the night Jesus was born…”

Writer Sarah Thebarge unloads over at Huffington Post:  I was on staff at a church for a year, and I understand the pressure people must’ve been under in past Christmas seasons to bang out a new song their people could sing to celebrate baby Jesus. But it seems that in their haste, they have created [Read More...]