For the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes: "Song of Bernadette"

People forget that Leonard Cohen wrote something else besides the now-ubiquitous “Hallelujah”. He composed this haunting ode to love and human frailty, “Song of Bernadette.”  Here’s the great Jennifer Warnes – whatever happened to her, by the way? — performing this, evidently on “The Smothers Brothers” show in the early 1970s. UPDATE: A friend on [Read More...]

The new missal: what will you be singing?

One of the most popular publishers of Catholic liturgical music is Oregon Catholic Press, or OCP.  You find their hymnals in a lot of parishes around the U.S., and their settings for the mass are probably among the most familiar anywhere.  (“Celtic Alleluia,” anyone?) Their website is now offering samples of some of the new [Read More...]

This video gets to me every time

No matter how often I see it, it just knocks me into a puddle of tears.  Today seems a good day to give it another look: (soon-to-be-Blessed) Pope John Paul and Tony Melendez, in Los Angeles, in 1987. You can read more about Tony here. He also has a website. But watch the video.  It [Read More...]

One last Christmas blast

For the close of the Christmas season, Epiphany, enjoy a rollicking rendition of “We Three Kings” and “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” courtesy the Barenaked Ladies.   Merry Christmas! [Read more...]

"Today is where your book begins — the rest is still unwritten…"

I’ll be preaching about this song in my homily for Sunday. I think it’s a great way to kick-start the new year, with a message of new beginnings and resilient hope. Enjoy.  Happy New Year — happy new you! [Read more...]

I'm homeward bound

Regular blogging should resume Wednesday. Until then, for all travelers on this week of jaw-dropping snow and headache-inducing delays…a musical interlude from two boys from Forest Hills, Queens. Traveling mercies! [Read more...]

God rest ye, merry gentle friends

Visiting a parish in Maryland this weekend, I was surprised that the recessional hymn at today’s mass wasn’t altered for political correctness. But no: to my amazed ears, they actually sang “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen.” The reason this surprised me was because the entrance hymn, on the other hand, was changed from “Good Christian [Read More...]

"Believe"

Continuing my series of favorite Christmas music, here’s Josh Groban with “Believe,” the theme from “Polar Express,” a movie that never fails to move me. [Read more...]

Now THAT'S a Christmas concert!

We had the annual Christmas concert at my parish last weekend. For those who couldn’t make it to Queens, no problem. You can see some highlights right here. Enjoy.  It’s a glorious event, in a glorious setting. [Read more...]


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