"And how about 'Whatsoever You Do'?"

This tells you all you need to know about modern liturgy. One of the members of my parish choir recently moved to Florida, and was looking for a job as a leader of song at a parish down there. She’s accustomed to singing, regularly, things like “Ave Verum,” “Panis Angelicus,” “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” [Read More...]

"Where are you going? Can you take me with you?"

A little Good Friday meditation for you, from the movie of “Godspell” … [Read more...]

"Jesus took a towel…"

This hymn is sung every Holy Thursday at my parish during the mandatum, the washing of the feet.  It remains one of my favorites.  I haven’t been able to find a recording of it — until now. Here’s “Jesus Took a Towel,” by the late great Trappist composer Chrysogonus Waddell (who lived at the Abbey [Read More...]

Deacons on Broadway?

Well, whaddya know? From the new Broadway musical version of “Sister Act.“ Deacons merit a mention in the lyrics to a big production number “Sunday Morning Fever”: Spread the news! It’s time to rock the pews! We’ve got the Sunday morning fever! It’s a sound that turns your soul around until it makes you a [Read More...]

"Jesus Met A Woman at the Well…"

In tune with today’s gospel, Peter, Paul and Mary perform a classic folk spiritual (evidently from a televised performance in Japan…) [Read more...]