40-minute Interview with Fr. Guy Nicholls (Birmingham Oratory) on the Mass Propers

…is here.

Fr. Guy Nicholls is the director of The Blessed John Henry Newman Institute for Liturgical Music. It is a new venture by the Fathers of the Birmingham Oratory in association with the Maryvale Institute under the joint patronage of Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham and James MacMillan, the celebrated Catholic Composer.

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  • Oy vey. I’m 99% in that interviewer’s camp, but that wasn’t an interview with Fr. Nicholls, that was a rant at Fr. Nicholls.

    Edit: Okay, I was a little hasty. There’s more there than just that. Nevertheless, less enthusiasm and more detachment are called for.

    • Scott W.

      I tend to agree. I love the work of CCW and anything that can help defeat the Empire of the four-hymn sandwich of Haugen/Haas/Schutte ditties, but an interview like this the interviewer should just facilitate rather than pontificate even if you know the interviewee is on your side.

  • bob

    I have always read, from fairly old Catholic sources, that the low Mass actually *is* the norm for the western rite. In the era when every priest everywhere celebrated daily, at least 6/7 of the times he ever celebrated would be alone or with a server. IF he celebrated a Sunday Mass with a congregation, that Mass with music and other things was the exception. Even in a community, with many other priests, the monastics attending a conventual Mass would also have celebrated their “own” Mass that day as well. Low Mass (I’ve been told) simply was the one most celebrated anywhere in the west. It was from that Mass that “gospel side”” and “epistle side” of a western church came, and which is usually dutifully (if ignorantly) reproduced in a lot of protestant churches. I could be reading one-sided stuff, though.