We Three Kings: Music for Epiphany

We Three Kings “We Three Kings of Orient Are . . .”  Is there anyone out there who doesn’t know this song? It’s easily the most familiar hymn associated with Epiphany, at least as it’s celebrated in the Western Church. I wrote more extensively about Epiphany itself in my post on Janauary 6th, the traditional date […]

A Loving Mother: Alma Redemptoris Mater

  Loving Mother of Our Redeemer Who doesn’t want a loving mother?  Or, if we need to win the favor of a powerful person (a King, for instance), how could we pass up the opportunity of having his Mother put in a good word for us?  That’s the dual promise of the Alma Redemptoris Mater. The first […]

A Thorny Problem: the Body and Blood of Christ

A Thorny Problem     A thorny problem indeed. It’s so hard for us truly to accept that the Infinite God of the Universe could fully inhabit a human body, and be both True God and True Man.  I was often reminded of just how thorny a problem this is for us when I used to […]

Mozart Makes The Gloria Soar

Angels The Gloria

The Gloria      The Gloria starts with “Glory to God in the highest . . .”  If you frequent the Catholic Mass, you know this prayer.  You’ve heard it hundreds of times, maybe thousands.  But how much do you know about it? Or have you ever wondered where it comes from, or how it got into the Mass?      First […]

The Power of Love: St. Julia of Corsica

The governor approached Julia directly, offering to free her if only she would sacrifice to the pagan gods.  She answered that she was “as free as she desired to be as long as she was allowed to serve Jesus Christ.”