25 March 2015

Nicholias Wilton: 'Felix namque'

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Felix namque es sacra Virgo Maria
et omni laude dignissima,
quia ex te ortus est sol justitiae,
Christus Deus noster.
Ora pro populo, intervene pro clero,
intercede pro devote femineo sexu:
Sentiant omnes tuum juvamen,
quicumque celebrant tuam sanctam commemorationem.
Quia ex te ortus est sol justitiae, Christus Deus noster.
For thou art happy, O holy Virgin Mary,
and art worthy of all praise,
for out of thee arose the Sun of Justice,
Christ our God.
Pray for the people, plead for the clergy,
make intercession for women dedicated to God:
May thy help be to all who keep thy holy remembrance.
For out of thee arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God.

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Uher: 'SING OF MARY, BLEST IS SHE'

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My hymn "Sing of Mary, Blest is She"

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My hymn text "Sing of Mary, Blest is She" has proven more and more popular over the years since I first wrote it. I have not charged any fee to use it so long as it is not reproduced for commercial use.  I have wanted God's people to have this hymn as freely as God inspired me to write it.

Here is a link to my text set to the well-known tune for 'Good King Wenceslas' — TEMPUS ADEST FLORIDUM, Piae Cantiones.

My text works especially well for the Solemnity or Feast of the Annunciation.


Please click below for my hymn text: 

 SING OF MARY, BLEST IS SHE




God bless all who shall sing this hymn and all who love the Holy Family!



+Laus Deo!

A John Mason Neale translation for the Feast of the Annunciation

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The Annunciation by Waterhouse

The God whom earth and sea and sky
adore and laud and magnify,
whose might they own, whose praise they swell,
in Mary's womb vouchsafed to dwell.

The Lord whom sun and moon obey,
whom all things serve from day to day,
was by the Holy Ghost conceived
of her who through his grace believed.

How blessed that Mother, in whose shrine
the world's Creator, Lord divine,
whose hand contains the earth and sky,
once deigned, as in his ark, to lie.

Blessed in the message Gabriel brought,
blessed by the work the Spirit wrought;
from whom the great Desire of earth
took human flesh and human birth.

O Lord, the Virgin-born, to thee
eternal praise and glory be,
whom with the Father we adore
and Holy Ghost for evermore.

Words: attributed to Fortunatus, sixth century;
Trans. John Mason Neale, 1854
Tune: Puer nobis nascitur
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23 March 2015

Matthew J. Curtis: Crucifixus à 8

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The amazingly talented Matthew J. Curtis singing all parts to Lotti's Crucifixus for 8 voices:




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20 March 2015

23 February 2015

John Donne: Holy Sonnet 7


At the round earth’s imagined corners 
(Holy Sonnet 7)

At the round earth’s imagined corners, blow
Your trumpets, angels, and arise, arise
From death, you numberless infinities
Of souls, and to your scattered bodies go,
All whom the flood did, and fire shall, o’erthrow,
All whom war, dearth, age, agues, tyrannies,
Despair, law, chance, hath slain, and you whose eyes,
Shall behold God, and never taste death’s woe.
But let them sleep, Lord, and me mourn a space;
For, if above all these, my sins abound,
‘Tis late to ask abundance of thy grace,
When we are there. Here on this lowly ground,
Teach me how to repent; for that’s as good
As if thou’hadst seal’d my pardon with thy blood.

John Donne, 1572 - 1631

30 January 2015

Underhill: The Preparation for Mass

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The following are the prayers selected by Evelyn Underhill for the Preparation of the Liturgy in her volume Eucharistic Prayers:

THE PREPARATION

THE PRAYER OF THE BEGINNING

     VOUCHSAFE unto us, O Lord God, that we may stand before thee in purity and holiness; and with knowledge and fear, in the beauty of spiritual order, may serve thee, the Lord and Creator of all, to whom worship is due from all, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, world without end, Amen. Liturgy of the Syrian Jacobites.
Evelyn Underhill

     HEAVENLY King, Paraclete, Spirit of truth, present in all places and filling all things, Treasury of good and Master of life; come and dwell within us, cleanse us from all stain, and save our souls.Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.

     LET us pray with faith to our Lord, God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, that at this hour of sacrifice and prayer we may be found acceptable to him. May he listen to the voice of our hearts and receive their requests, forgive us our sins, and ever have mercy upon us. May our needs and petitions be ever in the sight of his sovereign Majesty, and may he strengthen us in the unity of the faith and in the justification of good works; that he may bestow on us the grace of his mercy, pity us and save us.Armenian Liturgy.

THE PRAYER OF THE PRIEST

     O MIGHTY God, most great and omnipotent Father of Goodness and Power, not without dure reverence, yet unadorned by any dignity of office, I come before the might of thine immeasurable greatness, and before thine unspeakable sight, O wondrous Majesty—a suppliant nothing worth. I stand here, conscious of guilt and bearing witness to it. What shall I ask, I that deserve nothing? What shall I seek? For must it not be said of me, that he who should mediate for sins, must rather himself be charged with sin?
     Therefore I come to thee, not to excuse but to accuse myself; confessing my wrong-doing unto thee before witnesses, my Lord God. I confess, yea, I make open confession of mine iniquity; that thou mayst forgive me the wickedness of my sin. I confess things which, if thou forgive not, thou dost rightly punish. I stand before thee confessing my sin, yet well I know that I make not amends, save with words: for with words I seek to appease thee, whilst with deeds I offend. My fault I know, my amends I delay. Help, help me, therefore, O ineffable Goodness. Forgive, forgive me, O wondrous Trinity. Spare, spare, spare I beseech thee, O God that hearest prayer. Hearken, hearken, hearken unto me when I cry aloud unto thee in the words of thine own Son, “Father, eternal God, I have sinned before heaven and before thee; I am no more worthy to be called thy son. Make me as one of thine hired servants.”
     And now, merciful Father, I seek by Christ's help the only haven of thy mercy; that thou mayst see fit to take and accept through him what in me is nothing worth. Who with thee evermore liveth and reigneth. Amen.Gothic Missal.

     HOLY, Most High, Terrible, thou that art present in holy things; Lord, do thou thyself make us holy, and bring us to thy precious altar with a good conscience. Cleanse our hearts from all defilement, and count us worthy of the awful priesthood. Drive away from us all evil feeling, and hallow our mind and soul, that we may perform the worship of the holy fathers in thy fear; seeking the favour of thy countenance through all things, for thou art he that blessest and hallowest all things.Liturgy of St. Mark.
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05 January 2015

Catherine Winkworth: “Once He Came in Blessing”

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“Once He Came in Blessing” is perhaps my favourite translation from the German by Catherine Winkworth.  For Moravians and some Lutherans it is an Advent hymn. For some Episcopalians and Anglicans it is a Christmastide hymn.  In two of the parish's I served, we sang it during Pre-Lent. 

To my mind it is an excellent hymn for singing … or for quiet prayer on any day of the year:

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04 January 2015

Lo! The Eastern Magi Rise

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For the words please click this LINK 
to the excellent Hymns and Carols of Christmas website.
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27 December 2014

A Dorset Carol

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“Awake and join the cheerful choir”


Please click (or perhaps double-click) on the image above to see it enlarged.

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22 December 2014

My hymn: 'Sing of Mary, Blest is She'


My hymn text "Sing of Mary, Blest is She" has proven more and more popular over the years since I first wrote it. I have not charged any fee to use it so long as it is not reproduced for commercial use. (Feel free to contact me about any other commercial arrangement by writing to me at vincentuher3 @ gmail.com )  I have wanted God's people to have this hymn as freely as God inspired me to write it.

Here is a link to my text set to the well-known tune for 'Good King Wenceslas' — TEMPUS ADEST FLORIDUM, Piae Cantiones.

Please click below for my hymn text: 

 SING OF MARY, BLEST IS SHE

God bless all who shall sing this hymn and all who love the Holy Family!


+Laus Deo!

Ave Maria by Dawid Kusz, OP

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Ave Maria by Dawid Kusz, OP
Coro de Cámara Patagonia (CCP) / Eduardo Andrés Malachevsky, cond. (http://www.malachevsky.com.ar
3 November A.D. 2013 at the Trappist Cistercian Monastery of 
Nuestra Señora de los Angeles (Argentina)
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19 December 2014

O Radix Jesse

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13 December 2014

10 December 2014

A Prayer

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a prayer from the Liturgy
of the Catholic Apostolic Church
(Irvingite)
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01 December 2014

Beautiful Music for Advent

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Radio Walsingham Online broadcasts inspired music for the Advent Season 

http://www.live365.com/stations/walsinghamtexas



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It is wonderful to listen to this selection whether at work, school, or home.  Please click here to enjoy!

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30 November 2014

ADVENT BLESSINGS

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For most of the Western Church Advent Sunday is the start of the Chuch's liturgical new year.  

So Happy New Year!  

Below I share with you something Pro Multis Media sent to me by email today that in a succinct way gives a synthesis of the propers and lections for Advent Sunday in the Vetus Ordo:

Commentary for the Readings
in the Extraordinary Form

First Sunday of Advent

"There will be signs in the . . .(heavens). . .and upon the earth, distress of nations. . .they will see the Son of Man coming. . .lift up your heads, because your redemption is at hand" (Gospel).

On His second Advent at the end of the world Jesus will come in the fullness of Divine Power. Then will we be obliged to accept Him as King of Justice. So today let us begin to prepare for this year's anniversary of His first Advent as King of Mercy.

Because His coming is "nearer" we are warned to "rise from sleep,. . .lay aside the works of darkness. . .and put on he Lord Jesus Christ" (Epistle).

Aware of the dangers ahead during this preparation, we call upon His "power" to protect us (Prayer) and to "cleanse us" (Secret). Finally, we promise to "prepare with due reverence for the coming festival" (Postcommunion).

Excerpted from My Sunday Missal, Confraternity of the Precious Blood


A Blessèd Advent to All
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Paul Jernberg's Mass of Saint Philip Neri

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25 November 2014

A Blessèd Thanksgiving

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I pray for the Lord's blessings to be upon all who keep a day of Giving Thanks to Almighty God.















ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favour and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honourable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogancy, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Book of Common Prayer
1928   [USA]

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