Monday, April 29, 2013

Is Chant Like Folk Music? | Crisis Magazine


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"If you look back at the roots of chant, and even just take time to understand what it means from a musical and historical point of view, you quickly find that it has nothing to do with music conservatories, stuffy performance venues, and rule-bound authoritarians. And, moreover, it has nothing to do with social class, taste, and educational level. The issue of the chanted Mass is really about whether the liturgy is going to be permitted to be what it is or whether we are going to replace its authentic voice with something else.

Maybe people forget that Gregorian chant is premodern in its origin. It was not somehow invented in the age of winged collars, top hats, and mutton chops. It arose from the world of the first millennium—before there were universities, conservatories, cathedrals, or individually owned books. Chant arose among people poorer than is even imaginable to us today. The singers were from the lowest class. The composers too were monks drawn from every strata of society. They did not write their music down because no one had figured out how to write music. That only began to happen in a coherent way about the 11th century. The work of the chant composers continued for many centuries and the results have been handed on to us today."

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Tolkien: The Blessed Sacrament


J. R. R. Tolkien“Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament … There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth … which every man’s heart desires.” (J.R.R. Tolkien, in a letter to his son)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Problem for Protestants




"The problem is simple. If nobody since the Apostles is infallible, then the compilation of the biblical canon, and hence its characterization as divinely inspired and inerrant, are fallible. And if so, then the belief that the Bible is the sole inerrant rule of faith is only an opinion, not a doctrine taught with divine authority calling for the assent of faith."

"Dr. Michael Liccione"