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 […]

6th Day of Christmas – The Holy Family and the Crisis of Our Family

Holy Family Gennari

 Holy Family  The Holy Family, whose feast we celebrate today, commemorates the Holiest Family, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. But, as always, there’s more to it. The name of the feast also reminds us that “the family” in general, composed of father, mother, and children, is itself “holy.” It is, in fact, a gift of God.   […]

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 […]

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 […]