2017 Calendar of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius
The Calendar of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius
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Our 2017 Liturgical Calendar provides the feasts of both the 1962 Missale Romanum (Extraordinary Form) and the modern Roman Missal (Ordinary Form).

The large size (11” x 11”) allows you more space for personal notes, appointments, and special occasions. The calendar provides the rules for fasting and abstinence from the current Code of Canon Law (1983), but it also provides the traditional rules for fasting and abstinence practiced by centuries of saints.

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Puer Natus CD
Gregorian Chant for Christmas
Schola Cantorum of St. John Cantius
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The Chicago Tribune has reported that St. John Cantius Church is “America’s Most Beautiful Church.” The striking visual beauty of St. John Cantius Church is now translated into the most exquisite and sublime sounds of the Schola Cantorum of St. John Cantius.

This Puer Natus CD presents Gregorian Chant for Christmas to help your heart embrace the coming of the Christ Child.

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Hymns and Chants for Christmas
1. Antiphon: Hodie Christus natus est
2. Hymn: Puer natus in Bethlehem
3. Hymn: Resonet in laudibus
4. Antiphon: Ave Maria
5. Kalenda: Modus Solemnior ad libitum (Proclamation of the Birth of Christ)
Mass of Christmas Day
6. Introit: Puer natus est nobis
7. Kyrie: Missa cum jubilo
8. Gloria: Missa cum jubilo
9. Oratio: Tonus Antiquior
10. Epistola: Hebrews 1:1-12
11. Gradual: Viderunt omnes
12. Alleluia: Dies sanctificatus
13. Holy Gospel: John 1:1-14
14. Credo VI
15. Offertorium: Tui sunt caeli
16. Preface of the Nativity: Tonus Solemnior
17. Sanctus: Missa cum jubilo
18. Pater noster & Pax Domini
19. Agnus Dei: Missa cum jubilo
20. Confiteor
21. Communio: Viderunt omnes
22. Hymn: Anima Christi
23. Antiphon: Homo quidam
24. Hymn: Corde natus ex Parentis
25. Antiphon: Ave verum corpus
26. Postcommunio: Tonus Antiquior
27. Ite missa est: Missa cum jubilo
28. Alma Redemptoris Mater: Tonus Solemnis

Schola Cantorum of St. John Cantius




Rev Robin Kwan, SJC
Br Matthew Schuster, SJC
Br David Yallaly, SJC
Br Andrew Panzer, SJC
Br Nathan Ford, SJC
Br Quinn Huston, SJC
Dave Anderson
Madison Bolt
Nicholas Chapello
Thomas Kirn
Bill McMurray
Jeremiah Rauwolf
Stephen Richardson
Varfolomei Upart
Ronald Watkins

Chironomer: Rev. Scott A. Haynes, SJC

Translations




Hymns and Chants for Christmas
1. Antiphon: Hodie Christus natus est
Today Christ is born: today the Savior appeared: today on Earth the Angels sing, Archangels rejoice: today the righteous rejoice, saying: Glory to God in the highest. Alleluia.
2. Hymn: Puer natus in Bethlehem
A Child is born in Bethlehem; exult for joy, Jerusalem! Alleluia. There, in a manger lowly, lies. Alleluia. With an exultant heart, let us adore the new-born Christ, with a new song. He who reigns above the skies. Alleluia. Come then, and on this natal day. Alleluia. With an exultant heart, let us adore the new-born Christ, with a new song. Rejoice before the Lord and pray. Alleluia. And to the Holy One in Three. Alleluia. With an exultant heart, let us adore the new-born Christ, with a new song. Give praise and thanks eternally. Alleluia. With an exultant heart, let us adore the new-born Christ, with a new song.
3. Hymn: Resonet in laudibus
Let praises resound with joyous acclaim: to Sion’s faithful the Child born of Mary has appeared. Christ, born today of the Virgin Mary without the seed of man: the Child born of Mary has appeared. Let us sing together to the Child, let us sing to the newborn King, and with pious tones, say: the Child born of Mary has appeared. O Sion, praise the Lord, The Saviour of mankind, He who cleanses sin: the Child born of Mary has appeared.
4. Antiphon: Ave Maria
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.
5. Kalenda: Modus Solemnior ad libitum (Proclamation of the Birth of Christ)
The twenty-fifth day of December. In the five thousand one hundred and ninety-ninth year of the creation of the world from the time when God in the beginning created the heavens and the earth; the two thousand nine hundred and fifty-seventh year after the flood; the two thousand and fifteenth year from the birth of Abraham; the one thousand five hundred and tenth year from Moses and the going forth of the people of Israel from Egypt; the one thousand and thirty-second year from David’s being anointed king; in the sixty-fifth week according to the prophecy of Daniel; in the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad; the seven hundred and fifty-second year from the foundation of the city of Rome; the forty second year of the reign of Octavian Augustus; the whole world being at peace, in the sixth age of the world, Jesus Christ the eternal God and Son of the eternal Father, desiring to sanctify
the world by His most merciful coming, being conceived by the Holy Ghost, and nine months having passed since His conception, was born in Bethlehem of Judea of the Virgin Mary, being made flesh. The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.
Mass of Christmas Day
6. Introit: Puer natus est nobis
A Child is born to us, a Son is given to us; upon His shoulder dominion rests; and His name shall be called the Angel of great counsel. (Isaiah 9:6). Sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done wondrous deeds. (Ps 97:1). Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without
end. Amen. A Child is born to us…
7. Kyrie: Missa cum jubilo
Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Christ have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy.
8. Gloria: Missa cum jubilo
Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace to men of good will. We praise Thee. We bless Thee. We adore Thee. We glorify Thee. We give Thee thanks for Thy great glory. O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father almighty. O Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son. O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father. Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Who takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer. Who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For Thou only art holy. Thou only art the Lord. Thou only art most high, O Jesus Christ. Together with the Holy Ghost ☩ in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
9. Oratio: Tonus Antiquior
(Priest) The Lord be with you. (All) And with thy spirit. (Priest) Let us pray. Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that the new birth, in the flesh, of Thine only-begotten Son may delivereth us whom the bondage of old keepeth under the yoke of sin. Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. (All) Amen.
10. Epistola: Hebrews 1:1-12
God, who, at sundry times and in divers manners, spoke in times past to the fathers by the prophets, last of all, in these days hath spoken to us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by Whom also He made the world. Who being the brightness of His glory, and the figure of His substance, and upholding all things by the word of His power, making purgation of sins, sitteth on the right hand of the majesty on high. Being made so much better than the angels, as He hath inherited a more excellent name than they. For to which of the angels hath He said at any time, Thou art My Son, today have I begotten Thee? And again, I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to me a Son? And again, when He bringeth in the first begotten into the world, He saith: And let all the angels of God adore Him. And to the angels indeed He saith: He that maketh His angels spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire. But to the Son: Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of justice is the sceptre of Thy kingdom. Thou hast loved justice, and hated iniquity: therefore God, Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows. And: Thou in the beginning, O Lord, didst found the earth: and the works of Thy hands are the heavens. They shall
perish, but Thou shalt continue: and they shall all grow old as a garment. And as a vesture shalt Thou change them, and they shall be changed: but Thou art the selfsame, and Thy years shall not fail.
11. Gradual: Viderunt omnes
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation by our God. Sing joyfully to God, all you lands. The Lord has made His salvation known: in the sight of the nations He has revealed His justice. (Ps 97:3-4).
12. Alleluia: Dies sanctificatus

Alleluia, alleluia. A sanctified day has shone upon us; come, you nations, and adore the Lord: for this day a great light has descended upon the earth. Alleluia. (Ps 97:2).
13. Holy Gospel: John 1:1-14

(Deacon) The Lord be with you. (All) And with thy spirit. (Deacon) The beginning of the Holy Gospel according to John. (All) Glory be to Thee, O Lord. (Deacon) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God; and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was made nothing that has been made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness; and the darkness grasped it not. There was a man, one sent from God, whose name was John. This man came as a witness, to bear witness concerning the light, that all might believe through him. He was not himself the light, but was to bear witness to the light. It was the true light that enlightens every man who comes into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But to as many as received Him He gave the power of becoming sons of God; to those who believe in His name: who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. And we saw His glory - glory as of the Only-begotten of the Father - full of grace and of truth.
14. Credo VI
I believe in one God, the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things, visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. And born of the Father, before all ages. God of God: Light of Light: true God of true God. Begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven. And became incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary: and was made man. He was crucified also for us, suffered under Pontius Pilate, and was buried. And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures. And ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father. And He shall come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, of whose kingdom there shall be no end. And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life, proceeding from the Father and the Son. Who together, with the Father and the Son, is adored and glorified: Who spoke by the prophets. And in one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the resurrection of the dead. And the life of the world to come. Amen.
15. Offertorium: Tui sunt caeli
(Priest) The Lord be with you. (All) And with thy spirit. (Priest) Let us pray. (Schola) Thine are the heavens and Thine is the earth, the world and the fullness thereof Thou hast founded. Justice and judgement are the preparation of Thy throne. (Ps. 88:12, 15).
16. Preface of the Nativity: Tonus Solemnior
(Priest) The Lord be with you. (All) And with thy spirit. (Priest) Lift up your hearts. (All) We have lifted them up to the Lord. (Priest) Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. (All) It is right and just. (Priest) It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God, for through the Mystery of the Word made flesh, the new light of Thy glory hath shone upon the eyes of our mind, so that while we acknowledge God in visible form, we may through Him be drawn to the love of things invisible. And therefore with Angels and Archangels, with Throne and Dominations, and with all the hosts of the heavenly army, we sing the hymn of Thy glory, evermore saying:
17. Sanctus: Missa cum jubilo
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Sabaoth! Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory! Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!
18. Pater noster & Pax Domini

(Priest) ...world without end. (All) Amen. (Priest) Let us pray. Instructed by Thy saving precepts, and following Thy divine institution, we make bold to say: Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. (All) But deliver us from evil. (Priest) Deliver us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, from all evils, past, present, and to come; and by the intercession of the Blessed and glorious ever Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and of the holy Apostles, Peter and Paul, and of Andrew, and of all the Saints, mercifully grant peace in our days, that through the assistance of Thy mercy we may be always free from sin, and secure from all disturbance. Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord. Who with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth God, (prayed in a whisper until this point) world without end. (All) Amen. (Priest) The peace of the Lord be always with you. (All) And with thy spirit.
19. Agnus Dei: Missa cum jubilo
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, grant us peace.
20. Confiteor Deo omnipotenti

I confess to almighty God, to the blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you, Father, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you, Father, to pray to the Lord our God for me.
21. Communio: Viderunt omnes
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation by our God. (Ps 97:3).
22. Hymn: Anima Christi
Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from Christ’s side, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O good Jesus, hear me. Within Thy wounds hide me. Suffer me not to be separated from Thee. From the malicious enemy defend me. In the hour of my death call me. And bid me come unto Thee. That I may praise Thee with Thy saints. and with Thy angels, Forever and ever. Amen.
23. Antiphon: Homo quidam

A certain man made a great meal and sent his slave at the hour of the meal to tell the invited ones, that they might come because everything is ready. Come, eat my bread and drink the wine I have mixed for you because everything is ready. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost.
24. Hymn: Corde natus ex Parentis

Of the Father’s love begotten, ere the worlds began to be, He is Alpha and Omega, He the source, the ending He, of the things that are, that have been, and that future years shall see, evermore and evermore! He is found in human fashion, death and sorrow here to know, that the race of Adam’s children doomed by law to endless woe, may not henceforth die and perish in the dreadful gulf below, evermore and evermore! O that birth forever blessèd, when the virgin, full of grace, by the Holy Ghost conceiving, bore the Saviour of our race; and the Babe, the world’s Redeemer, first revealed His sacred face, evermore and evermore! O ye heights of heaven adore Him; angel hosts, His praises sing; powers, dominions, bow before Him, and extol our God and King! Let no tongue on earth be silent, every voice in concert sing, evermore and evermore!
25. Antiphon: Ave verum corpus
Hail, true Body, truly born of the Virgin Mary mild, truly offered, wracked and torn, on the Cross for all defiled, from Whose love pierced, sacred side flowed Thy true Blood’s saving tide: be a foretaste sweet to me in my death’s great agony. O my loving, Gentle One, Sweetest Jesus, Mary’s Son. Amen.
26. Postcommunio: Tonus Antiquior

(Priest) The Lord be with you. (All) And with thy spirit. (Priest) Let us pray. Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that the Savior of the world, born this day, Who is the author of our birth in godliness, may bestow on us immortal life. Who livest and reignest with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. (All) Amen.
27. Ite missa est: Missa cum jubilo

(Priest) The Lord be with you. (All) And with thy spirit. (Deacon) Go, the Mass is ended. (All) Thanks be to God.
28. Alma Redemptoris Mater: Tonus Solemnis
Loving Mother of the Redeemer, who remains the gate by which we mortals enter heaven, and star of the sea, help your fallen people who strive to rise: you who gave birth, amazing nature, to your sacred Creator: Virgin before and after, taking from the mouth of Gabriel that “Ave,” Have pity on us poor sinners.

Dedication





With deep and heartfelt appreciation to Mr. Rudy Geter

Production




Audio Engineer & Producer: Mark Essick
Musical Advisor: Corrado Cavalli
Graphic Design: Julie Streeter

Copyright © 2016. Biretta Books. Chicago. All Rights Reserved.

This recording helps support the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius and the A.M.D.G. Foundation as they help “restore the sacred” through the gift of music.

Mozart Requiem CD
Franz Xaver Süssmayr Edition
Saint Cecilia Choir and Orchestra, Saint John Cantius Church, Chicago
Jewel case, six-panel insert with an English translation of the Requiem
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The iconic Mozart Requiem is one of the finest musical masterworks. We pray that this special production of Mozart’s Requiem will draw people into profound worship of God. We hop that it remind them that “it is a holy and pious thought to pray for the dead.”

Conductor



Rev. Scott A. Haynes, SJC

Concertmaster



John Macfarlane

Soloists



Stephanie Sheffield Culica
Lindsey Adams
Rev. Michael Magiera, FSSP
David Govertsen

Orchestra




First Violin
John Macfarlane, Assistant Second Violin, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Heather Wittels, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Kathleen Brauer, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Renée-Paule Gauthier
Melanie Kupchynsky
Karyn Macfarlane
Second Violin
Gina DiBello, Concertmaster, Music of the Baroque
Sheila Hanford, The Musical Offering
Teresa Fream, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Ann Palen, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Viola
Carol Cook, Principal Viola, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Terri Van Valkinburgh, Assistant Principal Viola, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Frank Babbitt, Viola, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Karl Davies, Viola/Violin, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Amy Hess, Viola, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Cello
Calum Cook, Principal Cello, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Mark Brandfonbrener, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Andrew Hesse
Double Bass
Andy Anderson, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Collins Trier, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Basset Horn
Linda Baker, Co-Assistant Principal Clarinet, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Gene Collerd, Principal Clarinet, Elgin Symphony Orchestra
Bassoon
William Buchman, DePaul University, Chicago
Drew Pattison, DePaul University, Chicago
Trumpet
Bill Denton, Principal Trumpet, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Channing Philbrick, Co-Assistant PrincipalTrumpet, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Trombone
Jeremy Moeller, Principal Trombone, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Reed Capshaw, Principal Trombone, Elgin Symphony Orchestra
Mark Fry, Bass Trombone, Elgin Symphony Orchestra
Timpani
Edward Harrison, Principal Timpanist, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Organ
Mark Shuldiner
Rehearsal Pianist
James Janssen

Choir




Soprano
Nathalie Colas, Siân Davies, Jennifer Haworth, Esther Joo, Kimberly Jones, Rosalind Lee, Laura Lynch, Susan Nelson, Margaret Quinnette, Henriett Fourie Thompson
Alto
Beena David, Tamara Ghattas, Amanda Koopman, Sonia Ness, Amy Pickering, Roger Pines, Louise Rogan, Maia Surace, Anna VanDeKerchove
Tenor
Dave Anderson, Edward Bee, Madison Bolt, Hoss Brock, Ace Gangoso, Cary Lovett, Keith Murphy, Gerald Virgil
Bass
Tamaron Conseur, David Dubois, Jan Jarvis, Wilbur Pauley, Dan Richardson, Daniel Riley, Jim Theorell, Vince Wallace, Ronald Watkins

Recording and Production



Recorded by Atelier HudSonic, Chicago Engineers: Hudson Fair and Bill Clinton Milgram
Producer: Hudson Fair
Crew Assistants: Mark Essick and Eric Nelson
Editorial Team: Nolan Carter, Corrado Cavalli, John Macfarlane, and Terry Sullivan

History of the Mozart Requiem



The Requiem Mass in D minor (K. 626) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was composed in Vienna in 1791 and left unfinished at the composer’s death on December 5. A completion dated 1792 by Franz Xaver Süssmayr was delivered to Count Franz von Walsegg, who had anonymously commissioned the piece for a Requiem Mass to commemorate the February 14 anniversary of his wife’s death. Learn more…

Gloria, Nicholas White
Music of Nicholas White
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The GLORIA was written in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus (Gabriel Löfvall, Music Director), and was completed on July 20, 2015. The first performance took place on March 19th, 2016 in Hartford, CT, and
a second performance took place on April 3rd, 2016 in The Chapel of St. Peter & St. Paul, St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH. For this performance, Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus were joined by the Chapel Choir of St. Paul’s School, and members of The Boston Cecilia, Boston, MA (Nicholas White, Music Director).

Nicholas White’s GLORIA is scored for two soprano soloists, bass soloist, SATB choir (with divisi) and the following chamber orchestration: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Cello, Harp, Organ, Glockenspiel, and Timpani. The piece may also be performed with organ accompaniment only, in which case the organist should play directly from the choral score. If, however, the chamber orchestra is employed, the organist should play from the separate organ part.

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ENGLISH TRANSLATION




1. CHORUS
Gloria in excelsis Deo
Glory to God in the highest.
 
2. SOPRANO SOLO I & CHORUS
Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.
And on earth peace to people of good will.
 
3. SSA CHORUS
Laudamus te, benedicimus te, adoramus te, glorificamus te.
We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you.
 
4. CHORUS
Gratias agimus tibi.
We give you thanks.
 
5. SOPRANO SOLO II & CHORUS
Propter magnam gloriam tuam.
For your great glory.
 
6. SOPRANO SOLO I & SSA CHORUS
Domine Deus, Rex cælestis, Deus Pater omnipotens.
Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father.
 
7. CHORUS
Domine Fili Unigenite, Jesu Christe.
Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son.
 
8. BASS SOLO
Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris.
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father.
 
9. CHORUS  
Qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis; qui tollis peccata mundi, suscipe deprecationem nostram.
You take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us; you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer.
 
10. SOPRANO SOLO I & II & CHORUS
  Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, miserere nobis.
You are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.
 
11. CHORUS
Quoniam tu solus Sanctus, tu solus Dominus, tu solus Altissimus, Jesu Christe.
For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ.
 
12. CHORUS
Cum Sancto Spiritu: in gloria Dei Patris. Amen.
With the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.



ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Nicholas White is a Grammy nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2011, Nicholas was appointed to the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire. In 2012 he became Chair of the Arts at the school. In 2013 he was appointed Music Director of The Boston Cecilia, one of America’s oldest and finest performing arts organizations.

Nicholas was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He held his first organist and choirmaster position at the age of fifteen, going on to become Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge.  Since moving to the United States in 1989, Nicholas has held various positions in churches, colleges and schools. These include Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC and St. Michael’s Church, New York City.

In 2003 Nicholas founded Tiffany Consort, an ensemble of eight accomplished singers. The group’s first CD, “O Magnum Mysterium” was nominated for a Grammy, and the second CD, “In Sure and Certain Hope: Choral Music of Nicholas White”, was released in December 2006. Both recordings are available on the MSR Classics label.

Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, DC commissioned White’s setting of Poe’s “The Raven” which was performed to great critical acclaim by The Raven Consort in 2013. Additionally, Nicholas recently completed a dramatic song cycle, “On Dreams Alone”, which has been in preparation for the last two decades. Nicholas is in high demand as a composer, receiving numerous commissions from choirs across the country. Most recently these have included The Hanson Institute for American Music (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), Lyric Fest (Philadelphia, PA), Christchurch Cathedral (Cincinnati, OH), The Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Philadelphia, PA), The Chancel Choir (Lubbock, TX), The Association of Anglican Musicians (Hartford, CT), St. John’s Cathedral (Albuquerque, NM), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Newton, MA), Dumbarton Concerts (Washington, DC), Granite State Choral Society (Rochester, NH), and Shadyside Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh, PA.)

REVIEW

“Unashamedly beautiful, Nicholas White’s choral music makes you think about the function of music and how a composer decides on the rightness of its design. White’s music never cloys. It is beautifully crafted, the manner of word-setting stemming very much from the English choral tradition… music that soothes more often than it challenges, while still stimulating the imagination as it nourishes the spirit.”

International Record Review ~ June 2007

Communion in the Hand: Documents and History
Most Rev. Juan Rodolfo Laise
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From Bishop Laise’s Preface to the 2013 Edition:

I also carefully verified that no document of the Holy See existed after Memoriale Domini in which the possibility of introducing this form of receiving Communion had in any way been extended.

On the other hand, from the outset priests and faithful asked me, by various means, that this resolution not be applied in the diocese of San Luis.

For August 8, that is to say some days before the date foreseen by the president of the episcopal conference for the start of the practice in question, I called a priests’ meeting.  During that meeting I presented the priests, both at the same time, the decree from Rome and the content of the Instruction Memoriale Domini. Unanimously they agreed that, for the good of the faithful, the discipline should be respected that was clearly confirmed by the Pope, that is to say, the practice of giving Communion exclusively on the tongue should be maintained.  Likewise they affirmed that in the diocese there were none of the cases of abuse required by the legislation for considering the possibility of the application of the indult, for which reason it was not justified even to present the option of accepting the indult in order to permit the faithful to receive in the hand.

The result of this meeting was a diocesan decree in which I decided to reiterate the solicitude of the Pope in the documents in which he legislated with respect to submitting oneself promptly to the law in force, as he himself asked, maintaining the prohibition of Communion in the hand.

Nevertheless, a question remained: Since Memoriale Domini was the only legislation in force, how was it that in almost all the dioceses of the world they adopted the practice that was clearly advised against, as if it were merely an option proposed, and even recommended, by the Church?

Seeking an answer to this question, and to defend the grounds for my decision – which at that time was an object of controversy within some Argentine ecclesiastical sectors that spoke out even in a public manner, before the communications media – I encouraged a deeper investigation of the history of this usage. And the results of this investigation are found in this work.

Dom Alcuin Reid, OSB states:

Since the feast of Corpus Christi in 2008 communicants at papal Masses who receive from the Holy Father kneel and receive the host on the tongue. According to his Master of Ceremonies this reform, which has drawn considerable comment, is intended by Pope Benedict “to underline the validity of the norm” of this practice “for the whole Church.”

The fact is though, receiving Holy Communion on the hand is the norm if by “norm” we understand what is the usual and widespread practice. The Holy Father’s point, however¯made by means of personal example¯is that that the traditional practice is the liturgical norm, has continuing value and should by no means be left behind.

The history of the introduction of the “indult” or special permission to receive Holy Communion in the hand is interesting and is today largely forgotten. In the late 1960’s some priests introduced the practice without authorisation as a supposed return to early Church custom and to promote a supposedly “more mature” attitude towards receiving the Eucharist. Paul VI ordered a survey of the bishops on the question: the majority did not want the practice introduced, fearing a loss of reverence and faith. Paul VI concurred and an Instruction was issued in 1969 insisting on the traditional practice, but allowing bishops to ask for the new practice to be authorised where they thought that it had taken root and could not be stopped. Disobedience was rewarded. Then other countries got in on the act, asked for the permission also, and the exception which so distressed Paul VI rapidly became the norm.

This book is a case study. Argentine Bishop Rodolfo Laise declined to introduce Communion in the Hand into his diocese when the other bishops of his country did so in 1996. This was seen as controversial and un-collegial. Bishop Laise, however, judged in conscience that it would not be good for his diocese. Here he presents both his reasoning and the relevant local and Roman documents bearing on his decision. Whilst his book may seem a little technical and certainly could have benefitted from more editorial work, it is both a testament to the faith and vigilance of one bishop and provides much material with which one can begin to understand Pope Benedict’s reinvigoration of the traditional practice.

It could be called “an historical examination of conscience,” because it demonstrates the stampede of this fashion, originating in 1960’s disobedience and based on a faulty understanding of the practice of the early Church (underlined so well by Bishop Athanasius Schneider in his little book Dominus est¯It is the Lord), through the deep apprehension and disapproval of Paul VI, to its triumph by Indult but a decade or so later. I say “examination of conscience” because the 1969 Instruction (n. 12) warned that such a change was not just a matter of discipline, but involved the danger of a loss of reverence towards the Blessed Sacrament, the risk of profanation of the Sacred Host and of “adulterating” belief in the real presence. Whilst many today no doubt receive Holy Communion in the hand reverently and with undiminished faith, it cannot be denied that all three of these dangers have taken root. It is difficult to maintain that the new practice is, if not the cause itself, at least a significant contributor to the effect.

This explains Bishop Laise’s stance. As the pastor of a diocese, realising that “the Holy See had never desired this new practice” and that it was never “a part of the liturgical reform”, and because his priests asked him not to introduce this practice “for the good of the faithful”, he reinforced the traditional practice. This is one bishop who thought, prayed, consulted and studied the question deeply before deciding on the matter. It seems that in many other countries the bishops en masse simply accepted Communion on the Hand as another integral part of the new liturgy. It has become that, even though in fact it is not.

That is the point behind the Holy Father’s practice, which is becoming more widespread, even in St Peter’s Basilica. Communion in the hand is very much a `live issue’ today, and rightly so, for how we pray, how we receive our Lord in Holy Communion, expresses and teaches what we believe.

The Mass, Adrian Fortescue
A Study of the Roman Liturgy
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Knowing that “the Roman Missal promulgated by St. Pius V. . . [was] never abrogated,” as Pope Benedict XVI taught in Summorum Pontificum, it is important to know and learn the classic Roman Rite that has been passed down to us. Father Adrian Fortescue’s book, The Mass, is a definitive English-language work on the Roman Rite of the Mass.

“Essentially the Missal of Pius V. is the Gregorian Sacramentary; that again is formed from the Gelasian book, which depends on the Leonine collection. We find the prayers of our Canon in the treatise de Sacramentis and allusions to it in the IVth century. So our Mass goes back, without essential change, to the age when it was first developed out of the oldest liturgy of all. It is still redolent of that liturgy, of the days when Caesar ruled the world and thought he could stamp out the faith of Christ, when our fathers met together before dawn and sang a hymn to Christ as to a God. The final result of our inquiry is that,  in spite of unsolved problems, in spite of later changes, there is not in Christendom another rite so venerable as ours.”

A Time of Peace, Nicholas White
Music of Nicholas White
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Nicholas White’s A Time of Peace is a powerful setting of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8:

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Written for the 25th anniversary of Chorus Abilene, White’s A Time of Peace is composed for chorus, two pianos, soprano solo, and SATB chorus, divisi.

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ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Nicholas White is a Grammy nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2011, Nicholas was appointed to the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire. In 2012 he became Chair of the Arts at the school. In 2013 he was appointed Music Director of The Boston Cecilia, one of America’s oldest and finest performing arts organizations.

Nicholas was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He held his first organist and choirmaster position at the age of fifteen, going on to become Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge.  Since moving to the United States in 1989, Nicholas has held various positions in churches, colleges and schools. These include Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC and St. Michael’s Church, New York City.

In 2003 Nicholas founded Tiffany Consort, an ensemble of eight accomplished singers. The group’s first CD, “O Magnum Mysterium” was nominated for a Grammy, and the second CD, “In Sure and Certain Hope: Choral Music of Nicholas White”, was released in December 2006. Both recordings are available on the MSR Classics label.

Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, DC commissioned White’s setting of Poe’s “The Raven” which was performed to great critical acclaim by The Raven Consort in 2013. Additionally, Nicholas recently completed a dramatic song cycle, “On Dreams Alone”, which has been in preparation for the last two decades. Nicholas is in high demand as a composer, receiving numerous commissions from choirs across the country. Most recently these have included The Hanson Institute for American Music (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), Lyric Fest (Philadelphia, PA), Christchurch Cathedral (Cincinnati, OH), The Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Philadelphia, PA), The Chancel Choir (Lubbock, TX), The Association of Anglican Musicians (Hartford, CT), St. John’s Cathedral (Albuquerque, NM), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Newton, MA), Dumbarton Concerts (Washington, DC), Granite State Choral Society (Rochester, NH), and Shadyside Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh, PA.)

REVIEW

“Unashamedly beautiful, Nicholas White’s choral music makes you think about the function of music and how a composer decides on the rightness of its design. White’s music never cloys. It is beautifully crafted, the manner of word-setting stemming very much from the English choral tradition… music that soothes more often than it challenges, while still stimulating the imagination as it nourishes the spirit.”

International Record Review ~ June 2007

The Beverly Farms Mass
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This is an effective English Mass setting for congregation and choir by Nicholas White.

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ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Nicholas White is a Grammy nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2011, Nicholas was appointed to the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire. In 2012 he became Chair of the Arts at the school. In 2013 he was appointed Music Director of The Boston Cecilia, one of America’s oldest and finest performing arts organizations.

Nicholas was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He held his first organist and choirmaster position at the age of fifteen, going on to become Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge.  Since moving to the United States in 1989, Nicholas has held various positions in churches, colleges and schools. These include Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC and St. Michael’s Church, New York City.

In 2003 Nicholas founded Tiffany Consort, an ensemble of eight accomplished singers. The group’s first CD, “O Magnum Mysterium” was nominated for a Grammy, and the second CD, “In Sure and Certain Hope: Choral Music of Nicholas White”, was released in December 2006. Both recordings are available on the MSR Classics label.

Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, DC commissioned White’s setting of Poe’s “The Raven” which was performed to great critical acclaim by The Raven Consort in 2013. Additionally, Nicholas recently completed a dramatic song cycle, “On Dreams Alone”, which has been in preparation for the last two decades. Nicholas is in high demand as a composer, receiving numerous commissions from choirs across the country. Most recently these have included The Hanson Institute for American Music (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), Lyric Fest (Philadelphia, PA), Christchurch Cathedral (Cincinnati, OH), The Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Philadelphia, PA), The Chancel Choir (Lubbock, TX), The Association of Anglican Musicians (Hartford, CT), St. John’s Cathedral (Albuquerque, NM), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Newton, MA), Dumbarton Concerts (Washington, DC), Granite State Choral Society (Rochester, NH), and Shadyside Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh, PA.)

REVIEW

“Unashamedly beautiful, Nicholas White’s choral music makes you think about the function of music and how a composer decides on the rightness of its design. White’s music never cloys. It is beautifully crafted, the manner of word-setting stemming very much from the English choral tradition… music that soothes more often than it challenges, while still stimulating the imagination as it nourishes the spirit.”

International Record Review ~ June 2007

The Crib and the Cross, Nicholas White
Music of Nicholas White
SATB with divisi
12 pages, 8.5" x 11"
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The Crib and the Cross, a striking text for a Christmas anthem by Charles Lewis Hutchins, has been effectively set by Nicholas White.

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ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Nicholas White is a Grammy nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2011, Nicholas was appointed to the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire. In 2012 he became Chair of the Arts at the school. In 2013 he was appointed Music Director of The Boston Cecilia, one of America’s oldest and finest performing arts organizations.

Nicholas was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He held his first organist and choirmaster position at the age of fifteen, going on to become Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge.  Since moving to the United States in 1989, Nicholas has held various positions in churches, colleges and schools. These include Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC and St. Michael’s Church, New York City.

In 2003 Nicholas founded Tiffany Consort, an ensemble of eight accomplished singers. The group’s first CD, “O Magnum Mysterium” was nominated for a Grammy, and the second CD, “In Sure and Certain Hope: Choral Music of Nicholas White”, was released in December 2006. Both recordings are available on the MSR Classics label.

Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, DC commissioned White’s setting of Poe’s “The Raven” which was performed to great critical acclaim by The Raven Consort in 2013. Additionally, Nicholas recently completed a dramatic song cycle, “On Dreams Alone”, which has been in preparation for the last two decades. Nicholas is in high demand as a composer, receiving numerous commissions from choirs across the country. Most recently these have included The Hanson Institute for American Music (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), Lyric Fest (Philadelphia, PA), Christchurch Cathedral (Cincinnati, OH), The Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Philadelphia, PA), The Chancel Choir (Lubbock, TX), The Association of Anglican Musicians (Hartford, CT), St. John’s Cathedral (Albuquerque, NM), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Newton, MA), Dumbarton Concerts (Washington, DC), Granite State Choral Society (Rochester, NH), and Shadyside Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh, PA.)

REVIEW

“Unashamedly beautiful, Nicholas White’s choral music makes you think about the function of music and how a composer decides on the rightness of its design. White’s music never cloys. It is beautifully crafted, the manner of word-setting stemming very much from the English choral tradition… music that soothes more often than it challenges, while still stimulating the imagination as it nourishes the spirit.”

International Record Review ~ June 2007

Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in Eb, Healey Willan
Music of Healey Willan
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Your choir will be thrilled to sing this beautiful setting of the the Canticle of the Virgin Mary (Magnificat) and the Canticle of Simeon (Nunc Dimittis) by Healey Willan.

Healey Willan Society

To continue the work of promoting the music of Healey Willan, Mary Willan Mason, Healey Willan’s daughter, has bestowed upon Rev. Scott A. Haynes, SJC, a priest of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius in Chicago, the responsibility of being the Trustee of the Estate of Healey Willan. To this end, the Healey Willan Society has been established to promote Willan’s music by bring back into print his musical compositions which have fallen out of print or which were never published.

With over 800 opus numbers, Willan was a highly active composer of sacred organ and choral music, orchestral and chamber music, operas and much more. In the field of sacred music, after Johann Sebastian Bach, Healey Willian is the most prolific composer.

http://www.HealeyWillan.com

2017 The Life of Our Lord Wall Calendar
With liturgical dates for the Ordinary & Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite
Full color calendar, 12" x 12"
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Our popular 2017 The Life of Our Lord Wall Calendar features scenes from the public life of Our Lord as He teaches, heals and ministers to His apostles and followers - urging them all to believe!

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The sacred art in this calendar should inspire greater faith and devotion to the Our Lord through every month of the year.

The 12” x 12” 2017 The Life of Our Lord Wall Calendar allows ample space for personal notes, appointments, and special occasions. With gorgeous Old Master artwork, meditations and prayers - each one is a labor of love for our designers.

The 12” x 12”  2017 The Life of Our Lord Wall Calendar provides the rules for fasting and abstinence from the current Code of Canon Law (1983), but it also provides the traditional rules for fasting and abstinence practiced by centuries of saints.

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How to Serve at the Altar
A Guide to Serving Low Mass
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How to Serve at the Altar is an instructional aid for young men learning to serve the Low Mass according to the 1962 Missale Romanum.  Serving at Holy Mass is a time-honored privilege for Catholic young men, because altar boys have the opportunity to assist the priest at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass by reciting prayers and performing functions that are usually reserved to ordained Acolytes. 

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Because serving at Holy Mass is such a sacred act, it is important for Altar Boys to learn their duties well and to perform then with great reverence and devotion.

Serving at the Altar will assist the altar boy in two very important ways: Latin pronunciation and proper actions within the sanctuary.

As the Altar Boys prepares to perform his sacred duties How to Serve at the Altar will help him to learn how to make his actions at the Altar an edification for the faithful who see him.

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The instructional booklet provides a complete description of how to serve the Traditional Latin Mass (Low Mass).

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The audio CD will help Altar Boys learn their Latin pronunciation for Mass.  for server’s training are meant to be used together.

LAMINATED CARD WITH RESPONSES FOR ALTAR BOYS

Reviewing the instructional materials often will help the Altar Boy remember his prayers.

 

2017 Ordo for the 1962 Missale Romanum
From Sancta Missa & The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius
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The 2017 ORDO includes all liturgical days from the 1st Sunday of Advent (November 27, 2016), through the entire calendar year 2017, and concludes with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord on January 13 2018.

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Biretta Books and Sancta Missa now offer this beautifully designed 2017 ORDO to be used in conjunction with the 1962 Missale Romanum for the Extraordinary Form.

The 2017 ORDO covers the complete Liturgical Calendar of the Church according to the 1962 Missale Romanum & 1962 Brevarium Romanum. This edition of the Ordo for the Traditional Latin Mass is the easiest to use - it is very “user-friendly”!

For any given day, the 2017 ORDO contains a clear and simple listing of the feast to be celebrated with its liturgical rank (1, 2, 3, or 4) and color (Green, White, Red, Rose, White, Black, Violet), together with the liturgical rubrics to be observed.

Beautiful artwork is used throughout the 2017 ORDO to remind us of the beauty of the Sacred Liturgy.

An excellent feature of the 2017 ORDO is the inclusion of the special plenary indulgences and prayers that come from the 1962 Indulgentiarum Doctrina, as well as important documents from Rome pertaining to the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form).

The 2017 ORDO is a must-have for each sacristy and for every priest celebrating the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite according to the Liturgical Books of 1962 promulgated by Saint John XXIII .

The 2017 ORDO explains the use of the Divine Office in the Extraordinary Form and is very helpful to anyone wanting to understand the usus antiquior.

Nothing Superfluous
An Explanation of the Symbolism of the Rite of St. Gregory the Great
Fr. James Jackson, F.S.S.P.
Softcover, 5" x 8", 373 pp.
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In clear language, Fr. Jackson reveals the rich theological meaning behind the art, architecture, words and gestures of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, the Rite of St. Gregory the Great.

Immerse yourself in this simple guide to fully appreciate all that is the Traditional Latin Mass. This comprehensive book will help Catholics to appreciate ever more deeply the profound beauty expressed in the Mass.

Semi-Gothic Style Low Mass Set - Gold Brocade Fabric
Seraphic Vestments
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Semi-Gothic style Low Mass Set

-Set Contains: Semi-Gothic style Chasuble, Stole, Maniple, Chalice Veil & Burse.
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Measurement:

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Width at the widest point - 122 cm / 48”

Mass Card - Father’s Day Triduum of Masses
Mass Card for Father’s Day
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Treasure and Tradition
The Ultimate Guide to the Latin Mass
Lisa Bergman
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Have you ever:
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This Guide is just what you’ve been waiting for!



Whether you’ve been attending the Extraordinary Form of the Mass for years, or are merely curious about it, this guide is designed to open up the riches contained within the Mass to all.  Inside, you will find a word-for-word English translation of the Latin text of the Mass, together with photos, diagrams, notes and explanations that will help you not only to follow along, but also to understand the history and significance of the ceremonies in which you are taking part. 

In addition, you will find sections explaining the main differences between the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms, a discussion comparing the development of the Mass with that of its sister liturgy, the Divine Office, an exploration of the English translations of the Bible, a full glossary, and finally, recommended prayers intended to help you prepare when receiving the sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist.

REVIEWS

His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke:

“My heartfelt congratulations to you on the beautiful presentation, in images and words, of the reality of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass!...the book is most informative and educational, and the content is presented in a most beautiful and attractive manner.”

The Most Reverend Fabian W. Bruskewitz, Bishop Emeritus of Lincoln:

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It would serve well for parish catechesis or a discussion group. Homeschooling families could build a whole semester’s introduction to the sacred liturgy upon and around this resource. There is a palpable spirit of faith and love in these pages that makes the reading of the book more than an academic exercise; it serves as a prayerful catechesis of the Mass from which I was able to think about many familiar things from a new angle or with a new appreciation.

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Pope Leo XIII and the Prayer to St. Michael
An Historical and Theological Examination
by Kevin J. Symonds
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The Prayer to St Michael, taken from the traditional Prayers After Low Mass, is one of the most widely known and popular Catholic prayers of our day. Read this book to learn about this fascinating history of why Pope Leo XIII composed the prayer.

This new book by Kevin J. Symonds brings all the threads together, including the historical context, with reference to a mass of relevant documents quoted in full. It is thorough, it is sober, and it takes the supernatural seriously: without either sensationalism or cynicism. I thoroughly recommend it to any Catholic wanting to get to the bottom the matter.

It covers not only the Prayer to St Michael in the Prayers After Low Mass, but Pope Leo’s composition of the longer Prayer to St Michael of exorcism.

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Foreword by Bishop Athanasius Schneider

The entire history of humankind and consequently the history of salvation are marked with the presence and the destructive influence of Satan and the other wicked spirits, who were created in justice and holiness, but by their own will and decision, had fallen away from communion with God. Already the first pages of Holy Scripture tell us that God established the radical and not reconciliatory enmity between Himself and Satan, between Christ and Satan, between the Virgin Mary Mother of God and Satan, between the Church the Mystical Body of Christ – which is here on earth the Roman Catholic Church – and Satan, between the truth and the error, all revealed truths of God and the heresies, between the good and the evil, the commandments of God and the sins, between the social kingdom of Christ and the pagan and religiously neutral earthly society, which is ultimately the kingdom of the prince of this world:

I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel (Gen 3, 15).

In the very historical beginnings of the Church the first Christians were reminded of this truth in a very impressive manner in the Book of the Apocalypse in which more than half of the text speaks about the battle between the Holy Angels and Satan and his followers. This great battle started in the beginning of their creation in heaven and continues throughout history here on earth. God, however, reveals to us that Satan and all the wicked spirits are already defeated and conquered by the Divine power which He Himself bestowed upon His faithful servants, the Holy Angels, and in the first place upon that of Saint Michael the Archangel:

Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Therefore, rejoice O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short” (Apoc. 12, 7-12)!

At the threshold of the 20th century, a century of unheard militant atheism and anti-human monstrous political regimes, Pope Leo XIII gave to the Church the famous prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel, which he ordered to be recited worldwide by each priest and the faithful after a non-chanted Mass. The same Pope gave a very powerful prayer of a general exorcism against the infestations of Satan and the evil spirits. This exorcism could be recited by priests with the permission of his Ordinary. Pope Leo XIII himself recited this exorcism several times during the day.

In his book “Pope Leo XIII and the Prayer to St. Michael,” Mr. Kevin Symonds presents a very careful and competent historical research about the origin and the circumstances of the publication of the prayer to St. Michael and the above mentioned exorcism formula. Furthermore he gives also a rich spiritual reflection on the Divine truth about the Holy Angels, the fallen angels and the reality and necessity of the spiritual battle. Mr. Symonds’ book is indeed very relevant for our times. May this book become widespread and raise to many Catholics—especially the clergy—a new awareness of the necessity to use the spiritual means which God and His Church have given us in order to fight against the infiltration and attacks of the evil spirits. Such well-proven spiritual means are the prayer to St. Michael and the general exorcism against Satan and his machinations. It would be very helpful to start a worldwide petition that the Holy See may prescribe again the recitation of the prayer to St. Michael after the Holy Mass in all Catholic churches. Furthermore, all priests and bishops should be encouraged to recite often the general exorcism against Satan according to the formula of Pope Leo XIII. The general restoration of the minor order of exorcist would also be a clear witness to the truth that the Church on earth is the Church Militant and that every true Christian has to be a soldier of Christ (miles Christi). The Church is the Church of Christ the invincible King of kings, and the true victory over the world is the Catholic faith (1 John 5, 4). St. Michael and the Holy Angels are our brothers and fellows in the worship, the fight and the victory of the Lord of the heavenly army and heaven and earth are full of His glory.

+ Athanasius Schneider
Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana

Magnificat CD
Music for Our Lady
Ensemble Cor et Vox
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Elizabeth Brown
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Kate Carter
Janine Ptasinski
Alan Rostoker
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Amy Conn
Stephanie Sheffield Culica
David Dubois
Jennifer Haworth
Bill McMurray
Trevor Mitchell
Michelle Mitsui
Roger Pines
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Gerald Virgil

Te Deum CD
Music of Midnight Mass
Ensemble Cor et Vox
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Kate Carter
Henry Criz
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Kathy Rundell
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Amy Conn
David Dubois
Jennifer Haworth
Trevor Mitchell
Michelle Mitsui
Roger Pines
Claudia Vining

Mastering the Rubrics of the 1962 Missal DVD & Booklet
Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite - Learning the Mass: A Manual for Seminarians and Priests
Rev. Walter J. Schmitz, S.S., S.T.D.
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This is the most popular booklet ever for learning the Traditional Latin Mass (1962 Missale Romanum).  One does not have to be an expert in the rubrics to understand Father Schmitz’s lessons in learning the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. While his text is straightforward it is also accurate and succinct.

This newly typeset edition of Fr. Schmitz’s guide for priests and seminarians in learning the Tridentine Latin Mass features red ink for rubrics, blue ink for footnotes, and black ink for the text of the Mass and for other instructions.

Dedicated with profound admiration and gratitude to the Most Reverand John M. McNarama, D.D., Auxilary bishop of Washington, who rejoices that he has ordained more than two thousand men to stand at the altar of God.

CHAPTER I - Introductory
Principles

  • Voice (Vox Clara and Vox Secreta)
  • Eyes
  • Position of the Hands
  • Liturgical Bows
  • Turning toward the People
CHAPTER II - The Low Mass
  • Arriving at the Altar
  • The Prayers at the Foot of the Altar
  • Prayers ascending the Altar
  • Introit, Kyrie and Gloria
  • Collect, Epistle, Gradual, Tract, Sequence, Alleluia
  • Holy Gospel and Credo
  • Offertory Prayers
  • Preface and Sanctus
  • Canon Missae
  • Pater Noster and Agnus Dei
  • Communion and Ablutions
  • Communion Prayers
  • Dismissal, Blessing, and Last Gospel
  • Leonine Prayers after the Low Mass
CHAPTER III - Other Masses
  • Requiem Low Mass
  • High Mass (Missa Cantata)
  • Sprinkling Rite
  • Mass without a Server
  • Several Masses on the Same Day
CHAPTER IV - Distributing Communion
  • During the Mass
  • Outside of the Mass
APPENDIX
  • Benediction of Blessed Sacrament
    • Preparing the Sanctuary
    • Preparing the Sacristy
    • Incensations
    • Divine Praises



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Missale Romanum 1962
Editio iuxta Typicam


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This is the first printing of the Missale Romanum 1962 edition with ecclesiastical approval for quite some time. Several priests were involved in the publishing of this Missale. One could say, quite literally, that the experience of many years of daily celebration of the Holy Mass has been incorporated in its design.

With great attention to detail, care was taken to have an easily readable font, clear design and a refined setting. The margins should be large enough and the paper smooth.

It is hoped that this new “old Missal” will not only give the glory to God, but also delight many priests and faithful.

The high quality features of this beautifully produced Missale Romanum include: 1224 pages with gilt edges, 9” x 12 1/4”, about 2 1/8"thick, 5/8” handmade plastic tabs on both sides, bordered bands, cover in burgundy split leather with gold stamping, and includes a sturdy Missal slipcase.

1962 MISSALE ROMANUM INSERT FOR AMERICAN FEAST DAYS

Please note that since this Missal was printed in Germany, the propers for the United States or Canada are not included. But you may purchase the 1962 Missale Romanum Insert for American Feast Days, which is properly called the Missae Propriae Diocesium Statuum Foederatorum Americae Septentrionalis.

Alleluia! Puer Nobis Est Natus (in 8 movements), Nicholas White
Eight Exquisite Christmas Motets in Latin for a capella choir
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Alleluia! Puer Nobis Est Natus (in 8 movements) was composed for a capella chorus with divisi, by Nicholas White for the Tiffany Consort (New York City) in 2004. 

Now through Biretta Books this choral gem for Christmas is available for your choir.

1) Alleluia I
2) O Magnum Mysterium
3) Alleluia II
4) Quem vidistis
5) Alleluia III
6) Videntes stellam
7) Alleluia IV
8) Hodie Christus natus est

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ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Nicholas White is a Grammy nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2011, Nicholas was appointed to the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire. In 2012 he became Chair of the Arts at the school. In 2013 he was appointed Music Director of The Boston Cecilia, one of America’s oldest and finest performing arts organizations.

Nicholas was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He held his first organist and choirmaster position at the age of fifteen, going on to become Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge.  Since moving to the United States in 1989, Nicholas has held various positions in churches, colleges and schools. These include Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC and St. Michael’s Church, New York City.

In 2003 Nicholas founded Tiffany Consort, an ensemble of eight accomplished singers. The group’s first CD, “O Magnum Mysterium” was nominated for a Grammy, and the second CD, “In Sure and Certain Hope: Choral Music of Nicholas White”, was released in December 2006. Both recordings are available on the MSR Classics label.

Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, DC commissioned White’s setting of Poe’s “The Raven” which was performed to great critical acclaim by The Raven Consort in 2013. Additionally, Nicholas recently completed a dramatic song cycle, “On Dreams Alone”, which has been in preparation for the last two decades. Nicholas is in high demand as a composer, receiving numerous commissions from choirs across the country. Most recently these have included The Hanson Institute for American Music (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), Lyric Fest (Philadelphia, PA), Christchurch Cathedral (Cincinnati, OH), The Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Philadelphia, PA), The Chancel Choir (Lubbock, TX), The Association of Anglican Musicians (Hartford, CT), St. John’s Cathedral (Albuquerque, NM), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Newton, MA), Dumbarton Concerts (Washington, DC), Granite State Choral Society (Rochester, NH), and Shadyside Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh, PA.)

REVIEW

“Unashamedly beautiful, Nicholas White’s choral music makes you think about the function of music and how a composer decides on the rightness of its design. White’s music never cloys. It is beautifully crafted, the manner of word-setting stemming very much from the English choral tradition… music that soothes more often than it challenges, while still stimulating the imagination as it nourishes the spirit.”

International Record Review ~ June 2007

Magnificat, Nicholas White
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The Magnificat (in six movements) of Nicholas White, is an exciting concert setting of the Canticle of the Virgin Mary.

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Conductor Score
90 Pages, coil/spiral binding, 8.5” x 11”

Organ Score
34 Pages, coil/spiral binding, 8.5” x 11”

Instrumental Parts
60 Pages total, Individual Booklets for each instrument, 8.5” x 11”


Musical Ensemble




SATB Chorus (with divisi)
Soprano Solo
Organ
2 Trumpets in C
Horn in F
Solo Flugel Horn (or Horn in F)
Trombone
Bass Trombone
Percussion & Timpani

Dedication




Written for Gordon McMillan and The Chancel Choir of First United Methodist Church, Lubbock, Texas and first performed at Washington National Cathedral on June 13, 1997,
under the direction of the composer.

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ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Nicholas White is a Grammy nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2011, Nicholas was appointed to the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire. In 2012 he became Chair of the Arts at the school. In 2013 he was appointed Music Director of The Boston Cecilia, one of America’s oldest and finest performing arts organizations.

Nicholas was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He held his first organist and choirmaster position at the age of fifteen, going on to become Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge.  Since moving to the United States in 1989, Nicholas has held various positions in churches, colleges and schools. These include Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC and St. Michael’s Church, New York City.

In 2003 Nicholas founded Tiffany Consort, an ensemble of eight accomplished singers. The group’s first CD, “O Magnum Mysterium” was nominated for a Grammy, and the second CD, “In Sure and Certain Hope: Choral Music of Nicholas White”, was released in December 2006. Both recordings are available on the MSR Classics label.

Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, DC commissioned White’s setting of Poe’s “The Raven” which was performed to great critical acclaim by The Raven Consort in 2013. Additionally, Nicholas recently completed a dramatic song cycle, “On Dreams Alone”, which has been in preparation for the last two decades. Nicholas is in high demand as a composer, receiving numerous commissions from choirs across the country. Most recently these have included The Hanson Institute for American Music (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), Lyric Fest (Philadelphia, PA), Christchurch Cathedral (Cincinnati, OH), The Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Philadelphia, PA), The Chancel Choir (Lubbock, TX), The Association of Anglican Musicians (Hartford, CT), St. John’s Cathedral (Albuquerque, NM), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Newton, MA), Dumbarton Concerts (Washington, DC), Granite State Choral Society (Rochester, NH), and Shadyside Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh, PA.)

REVIEW

“Unashamedly beautiful, Nicholas White’s choral music makes you think about the function of music and how a composer decides on the rightness of its design. White’s music never cloys. It is beautifully crafted, the manner of word-setting stemming very much from the English choral tradition… music that soothes more often than it challenges, while still stimulating the imagination as it nourishes the spirit.”

International Record Review ~ June 2007

A Short Guide to Praying as a Family
Growing Together in Faith and Love Each Day
135 full-color images! Enter the mystery of prayer and glorify God as a family.
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Praying together not only enriches family life but also leads the Catholic family toward its primary goal: the holiness and salvation of each member. Compiled by The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville, this little book is backed by a strong Catholic tradition rooted in teaching the faith. From making time to recite basic oral prayers throughout the day to making each moment of life a prayer, A Short Guide to Praying as a Family is a lifelong guide to the spiritual life and a powerful means to building a relationship with the Lord.


ABOUT THE AUTHORS - THE DOMINICAN SISTERS OF ST. CECILIA (THE NASHVILLE DOMINICANS)

Eight centuries ago, St. Dominic de Guzman, inspired by the Holy Spirit in response to the needs of his time, founded an Order with the mission of preaching for the salvation of souls. Dominic’s love for God and neighbor continues to inspire the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation today, as they joyfully embrace the Church’s call to the new evangelization. Founded in 1860 in Nashville, Tennessee, the Sisters live a contemplative-apostolic life of community, study, and apostolic service in a monastic framework that fosters contemplation. Through the apostolate of teaching, the Sisters have the privilege of serving students and families in the United States, Canada, Australia, Italy, Scotland, and the Netherlands. Under the protection and guidance of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Sisters seek to live in fidelity to the Church and to bring others to Christ.

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER - FATHER LAWRENCE LEW, O.P.

A Dominican priest of the Province of England, Father Lawrence shares his love for beauty, and his talent for capturing it, through thousands of photographs of sacred art and architecture, of people, and of nature. Father Lawrence reflects, “I find that, as Hopkins said, ‘the world is charged with the grandeur of God,’ and so my photos might be likened to an offering of thanks to God for the goodness I see around me.” His gift for photography is becoming more and more widely recognized. We are very grateful to Father Lawrence for his generosity in providing the stunning photographs of stained glass contained in this book.


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Considered by many to be the greatest single book of Marian spirituality ever written, True Devotion to Mary, is St Louis de Montfort’s classic statement on the spiritual way to Jesus Christ though the Blessed Virgin Mary.

In this beautiful and sublimely inspiring book, de Montfort explains the wonderful spiritual effects which true devotion to Mary brings about in a person’s life.

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About the Author

St. Louis-Marie Grignion De Montfort (1673-1716) remains one of the greatest apostles of Marian devotion the world has ever known. As a young priest, De Montfort dedicated himself to preaching to the people. This highly gifted orator’s language was simple but full of divine love, much as you will find in True Devotion to Mary. De Montfort’s whole life was marked by constant prayer, love for the poor and holy joy in humiliations and persecutions. De Montfort was canonized by Pius XII in 1947.

The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described
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Adrian Fortescue and J.B. O'Connell, Edited by Dom Alcuin Reid, O.S.B.
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This superb newly revised 1962 edition of The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described by Fortescue/O’Connell incorporates the current 1983 Code of Canon Law, as well as recent rulings of Ecclesia Dei.  It explains in vivid detail the intricate ceremonies of the “Mass of all Ages,” as well as the Divine Office, Benediction, Holy Week, and the complete liturgical year.

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From the Preface of The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described

It is my pleasure to present this fourteenth edition of The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described, a work originally written by the noted scholar, the Reverend Doctor Adrian Fortescue, and subsequently revised many times by Canon J.B. O’Connell… The permission for the reintroduction into public worship of the Roman Missal according to the typical edition of 1962 dates from the issuance of the Letter Quattuor abhinc annos of 3 October 1984… The use of this missal was further encouraged by His Holiness Pope John Paul II in his Apostolic Letter Ecclesia Dei of 2 July 1988. Particularly since then there has been a growing desire for the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in this venerable form of the Roman Rite on the part of a good number of the faithful… This development has rendered Dom Alcuin’s most recent revision of this manual on ceremonies a particularly felicitous one. May the publication of this new edition of a classic work contribute to “that blended ‘harmony’ which the earthly Church raises up to Heaven under the impulse of the Holy Spirit” (Ecclesia Dei 5, a)!

—Dario Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, President, Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, 17 June 2003.

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1 O Queen of the Holy Rosary, Mainzer Gesangbuch, (c. 1833)
2 Introductory Rosary Prayers
3 1st Joyful Mystery - Annunciation
4 Alma Redemptoris Mater, Gregorian Chant
5 2nd Joyful Mystery - Visitation
6 Beatám me dicent - Magnificat, Gregorian Chant
7 3rd Joyful Mystery - Nativity
8 Ave Verum, Op. 15, Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
9 4th Joyful Mystery - Presentation
10 Ave Maria, J. S. Bach (1685-1750), Arr. Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
11 5th Joyful Mystery - Finding the Christ Child in the Temple
12 Maria Mater Gratiae, Op. 47, No. 2, Gabriel Faure (1845-1924)
13 Concluding Rosary Prayers
14 Memorare (“Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary”)
15 Salutation to Our Lady of St. Francis of Assisi
16 Morning Offering to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
17 Daily, daily, sing to Mary, Trier Gesangbuch (c. 1695)

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2 Introductory Rosary Prayers
3 1st Sorrowful Mystery - Agony in the Garden
4 Stabat Mater, Gregorian Chant
5 2nd Sorrowful Mystery - Scourging at the Pillar
6 Ave Maris Stella, Op. 2, No. 3, Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
7 3rd Sorrowful Mystery - Crowning with Thorns
8 Ave Maria, Giulio Caccini (1551 –1618), Arr. Rev. S. Haynes, SJC (b. 1971)
9 4th Sorrowful Mystery - Carrying of the Cross
10 Salve Mater, Gregorian Chant
11 5th Sorrowful Mystery - Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord
12 Ave Maria, WoO 7 no. 1, Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901)
13 Concluding Rosary Prayers
14 Lovely Lady dressed in blue
15 Litany of Loreto
16 Marian Prayer for Conversion of America
17 Sub Tuum (“We fly to thy patronage, O Holy Mother of God”)
18 Dedication of the Family to Mary
19 O Sanctissima, Sicilian Melody (c. 1794)

1 Hail Holy Queen, Arr. Rev. Scott Haynes, SJC (b. 1971)
2 Introductory Rosary Prayers
3 1st Glorious Mystery - The Resurrection
4 Be joyful Mary, Heavenly Queen, Arr. Rev. Scott Haynes, SJC (b. 1971)
5 2nd Glorious Mystery - The Ascension
6 Ave Maria, Op. 2, No. 2, Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
7 3rd Glorious Mystery – Descent of the Holy Ghost
8 Regina Caeli, Gregorian Chant
9 4th Glorious Mystery - The Assumption of our Lady
10 Ave Regina Caelorum, Gregorian Chant
11 5th Glorious Mystery - The Coronation of our Lady
12 Ave Regina Caelorum, Op. 171, No. 6, Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901)
13 Concluding Rosary Prayers
14 Ave Maria, Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842)
15 Angelus (“The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary”)
16 Regina Caeli (“Queen of Heaven Rejoice! Alleluia”)
17 Prayer to Our Lady of St. Germanus
18 Immaculate Mary, Arr. Rev. Scott Haynes, SJC (b. 1971)

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“But we preach Christ crucified: unto the Jews indeed a stumbling block, and unto the Gentiles foolishness: But unto them that are called…Christ, the power of God and the wisdom of God.” ( I Corinthians 1:23-24)

The presence of Christ’s body on the cross does not mean that we ignore the Resurrection. Instead, it is a reminder to us that the bonds of sin were broken by Christ’s suffering and death (1 Peter 2:24).

This beautiful Crucifix is something that will be a blessing in your home. It is a beautiful custom to have a small shrine in your home with statues and images of your favorite saints, and especially of our Lord crucified on the Cross. This beautiful stand-alone Crucifix will remind everyone of how great is the love of Jesus for each of us.

Prayer before a Crucifix

Look down upon me, good and gentle Jesus
while before Your face I humbly kneel and,
with burning soul,
pray and beseech You
to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments
of faith, hope, and charity;
true contrition for my sins,
and a firm purpose of amendment.

While I contemplate,
with great love and tender pity,
Your five most precious wounds,
pondering over them within me
and calling to mind the words which David,
Your prophet, said to You, my Jesus:

“They have pierced My hands and My feet,
they have numbered all My bones.”

Amen.


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Through the pious use of the Medal of St. Benedict thousands of miracles and wonderful cures have been obtained. We would here mention that in the last few years we have received a number of letters relating most remarkable cures and extraordinary favors obtained by the devout use of the said Medal. It is, indeed, edifying to see how that faithful love and venerate this highly blessed Medal and how anxious they are to obtain this holy article, which has proved to be a remedy to almost every evil.

The Medal of St. Benedict is powerful to ward off all dangers of body and soul coming from the evil spirit. We are exposed to the wicked assaults of the devil day and night. St. Peter says, “Your adversary the devil, as roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8). In the life of St. Benedict we see how the devil tried to do harm to his soul and body, and also to his spiritual children. Father Paul of Moll, saintly Flemish Benedictine wonder-worker (1824-1896), frustrated the evil doings of the spirit of darkness chiefly through the use of the Medal of St. Benedict, which has proved a most powerful protection against the snares and delusions of the old enemy. Missionaries in pagan lands use this Medal with so great effect that it has been given the remarkable name, “The devil-chasing Medal.”

The Medal is, therefore, a powerful means:

- To destroy witchcraft and all other diabolical influences.
- To keep away the spells of magicians, of wicked and evil-minded persons.
- To impart protection to persons tempted, deluded or tormented by evil spirits.
- To obtain the conversion of sinners, especially when they are in danger of death.
- To serve as an armor in temptations against holy purity.
- To destroy the effects of poison.
- To secure a timely and healthy birth for children.
- To afford protection against storms and lightning.
- To serve as an efficacious remedy for bodily afflictions and a means of protection against contagious diseases.
- Finally, the Medal has often been used with admirable effect even for animals infected with plague or other maladies, and for fields

The Medal or Cross of Saint Benedict

Medals, crosses, rosaries, statues, paintings, and other religious articles have long been used as a means of fostering and expressing our religious devotion to God and the saints. Icons, or painted images of Christ and the saints, are especially popular among Eastern Christians as an aid to Christian piety and devotion.

The use of any religious article is therefore intended as a means of reminding us of God and of stirring up in us a ready willingness and desire to serve God and our neighbor. With this understanding we reject any use of religious articles as if they were mere charms or had some magic power to bring us good luck or better health. Such is not the Christian attitude.

Origin of the Medal of Saint Benedict

For the early Christians, the cross was a favorite symbol and badge of their faith in Christ. From the writings of St. Gregory the Great (540-604), we know that St. Benedict had a deep faith in the Cross and worked miracles with the sign of the cross. This faith in, and special devotion to, the Cross was passed on to succeeding generations of Benedictines.

Devotion to the Cross of Christ also gave rise to the striking of medals that bore the image of St. Benedict holding a cross aloft in his right hand and his Rule for Monasteries in the other hand. Thus, the Cross has always been closely associated with the Medal of St. Benedict, which is often referred to as the Medal-Cross of St. Benedict.

Ms. illus.In the course of time, other additions were made, such as the Latin petition on the margin of the medal, asking that by St. Benedict’s presence we may be strengthened in the hour of death, as will be explained later.

We do not know just when the first medal of St. Benedict was struck. At some point in history a series of capital letters was placed around the large figure of the cross on the reverse side of the medal. For a long time the meaning of these letters was unknown, but in 1647 a manuscript dating back to 1415 was found at the Abbey of Metten in Bavaria, giving an explanation of the letters. They are the initial letters of a Latin prayer of exorcism against Satan, as will be explained below.

The Jubilee Medal of Montecassino

The above features were finally incorporated in a newly designed medal struck in 1880 under the supervision of the monks of Montecassino, Italy, to mark the 1400th anniversary of the birth of St. Benedict. The design of this medal was produced at St. Martin’s Archabbey, Beuron, Germany, at the request of the prior of Montecassino, Very Rev. Boniface Krug OSB (1838-1909). Prior Boniface was a native of Baltimore and originally a monk of St. Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, until he was chosen to become prior and latter archabbot of Montecassino.

Since that time, the Jubilee Medal of 1880 has proven to be more popular throughout the Christian world than any other medal ever struck to honor St. Benedict.

Description of the Jubilee Medal

Because the Jubilee Medal of 1880 has all the important features ever associated with the Medal of St. Benedict, the following description of this medal can serve to make clear the nature and intent of any medal of St. Benedict, no matter what shape or design it may legitimately have.

The Cross of Eternal Salvation

On the face of the medal is the image of Saint Benedict. In his right hand he holds the cross, the Christian’s symbol of salvation. The cross reminds us of the zealous work of evangelizing and civilizing England and Europe carried out mainly by the Benedictine monks and nuns, especially for the sixth to the ninth/tenth centuries.

Rule and Raven

In St. Benedict’s left hand is his Rule for Monasteries that could well be summed up in the words of the Prolog exhorting us to “walk in God’s ways, with the Gospel as our guide.”

On a pedestal to the right of St. Benedict is the poisoned cup, shattered when he made the sign of the cross over it. On a pedestal to the left is a raven about to carry away a loaf of poisoned bread that a jealous enemy had sent to St. Benedict.

C. S. P. B.

Above the cup and the raven are the Latin words: Crux s. patris Benedicti (The Cross of our holy father Benedict). On the margin of the medal, encircling the figure of Benedict, are the Latin words: Eius in obitu nostro praesentia muniamur! (May we be strengthened by his presence in the hour of our death!). Benedictines have always regarded St. Benedict as a special patron of a happy death. He himself died in the chapel at Montecassino while standing with his arms raised up to heaven, supported by the brothers of the monastery, shortly after St. Benedict had received Holy Communion.

Monte Cassino

Below Benedict we read: ex SM Casino MDCCCLXXX (from holy Monte Cassino, 1880). This is the medal struck to commemorate the 1400th anniversary of the birth of Saint Benedict.

Reverse Side of the Medal

Crux mihi lux

On the back of the medal, the cross is dominant. On the arms of the cross are the initial letters of a rhythmic Latin prayer: Crux sacra sit mihi lux! Nunquam draco sit mihi dux! (May the holy cross be my light! May the dragon never be my guide!).

In the angles of the cross, the letters C S P B stand for Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti (The cross of our holy father Benedict).

Peace

Above the cross is the word pax (peace), that has been a Benedictine motto for centuries. Around the margin of the back of the medal, the letters V R S N S M V - S M Q L I V B are the initial letters, as mentioned above, of a Latin prayer of exorcism against Satan: Vade retro Satana! Nunquam suade mihi vana! Sunt mala quae libas. Ipse venena bibas! (Begone Satan! Never tempt me with your vanities! What you offer me is evil. Drink the poison yourself!)

Use of the Medal

There is no special way prescribed for carrying or wearing the Medal of St. Benedict. It can be worn on a chain around the neck, attached to one’s rosary, kept in one’s pocket or purse, or placed in one’s car or home. The medal is often put into the foundations of houses and building, on the walls of barns and sheds, or in one’s place of business.

The purpose of using the medal in any of the above ways is to call down God’s blessing and protection upon us, wherever we are, and upon our homes and possessions, especially through the intercession of St. Benedict. By the conscious and devout use of the medal, it becomes, as it were, a constant silent prayer and reminder to us of our dignity as followers of Christ.

The medal is a prayer of exorcism against Satan, a prayer for strength in time of temptation, a prayer for peace among ourselves and among the nations of the world, a prayer that the Cross of Christ be our light and guide, a prayer of firm rejection of all that is evil, a prayer of petition that we may with Christian courage “walk in God’s ways, with the Gospel as our guide,” as St. Benedict urges us.

A profitable spiritual experience can be ours if we but take the time to study the array of inscriptions and representations found on the two sides of the medal. The lessons found there can be pondered over and over to bring true peace of mind and heart into our lives as we struggle to overcome the weaknesses of our human nature and realize that our human condition is not perfect, but that with the help of God and the intercession of the saints our condition can become better.

The Medal of St. Benedict can serve as a constant reminder of the need for us to take up our cross daily and “follow the true King, Christ our Lord,” and thus learn “to share in his heavenly kingdom,” as St. Benedict urges us in the Prolog of his Rule.

Two Special Uses of the Medal

By a rescript of the Sacred Congregation of Religious (4 May 1965) lay Oblates of St. Benedict are permitted to wear the Medal of St. Benedict instead of the small black cloth scapular formerly worn.

By a decree of the Sacred Congregation of Rites (6 March 1959), the Blessing of St. Maur over the sick is permitted to be given with a Medal of St. Benedict instead of with a relic of the True Cross, since the latter is difficult to obtain.

Approved Blessing of the Medal of St. Benedict

Medals of Saint Benedict are sacramentals that may be blessed legitimately by any Catholic Priest (Instr., 26 Sept. 1964; Can. 1168).

V. Adjutorium nostrum in nomine Domini.
R. Qui fecit caelum et terram.

Exorcizo vos, numismata, per Deum + Patrem omnipotentem, qui fecit caelum et terram, mare et omnia, quae in eis sunt.  Omnis virtus adversarii, omnis exercitus diaboli, et omnis incursus, omne phantasma satanae, eradicare et effugare, ab his numismatibus: ut fiant omnibus, qui eis usuri sunt, salus mentis et corporis: in nomine Patris + omnipotentis, et Jesu + Christi Filii ejus, Domini nostri, et Spiritus + Sancti Paracliti, et in caritate ejusdem Domini nostri Jesu Christi, qui venturus est judicare vivos et mortuos, et saeculum per ignem. R. Amen.

V. Domine exaudi orationem meam.
R. Et clamor meus ad te veniat.
V. Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.

Oremus:  Deus omnipotens, bonorum omnium largitor, supplices te rogamus, ut per intercessionem sancti Benedicti his sacris numismatibus tuam beneditionem + infundas, ut omnes qui ea gestaverint ac bonis operibus intenti fuerint, sanitatem mentis et corporis, et gratiam sanctificationis, atque indulgentias (nobis) concessas consequi mereantur, omnesque diaboli insidias et fraudes, per auxilium misericordiae tuae, studeant devitare et in conspectu tuo sancti et immaculati valeant apparere.  Per Christum Dominum nostrum.  R. Amen.

The medals are then sprinkled with holy water.

Many times the St. Benedict’s medal is in a crucifix.  The crucifix has to be blessed too.  Here is that blessing:

V. Adjutorium nostrum in nomine Domini.
R. Qui fecit caelum et terram.
V. Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.

Oremus:  Rogamus te, Domine sancte, pater omnipotens, aeterne Deus: ut digneris benedicere + hoc signum Crucis, ut sit remedium salutare generi humano; sit soliditas fidei, profectus bonorum operum, redemptio animarum; sit solamen, et protectio, ac tutela contra saeva jacula inimicorum.  Per Christum Dominum nostrum. R. Amen.

Oremus: Benedic, + Domine Jesu Christe, hanc Crucem, per quam eripuisti mundum a potestate daemonum, et superasti passione tua suggestorem peccati, qui gaudebat in praevaricatione primi hominis per ligni vetiti sumptionem.  (Hic aspergatur aqua benedicta).  Santificetur hoc signum Crucis in nomine Patris + et Filii + et Spiritus + Sancti; ut orantes, inclinantesque se propter Dominum ante istam Crucem, inveniant corporis et animae sanitatem.  Per eumdem Christum Dominum nostrum.  R. Amen.

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Catholics are often asked why we have crucifixes and not just the plain cross? A crucifix is a cross which has the crucified body (the corpus) of Christ. The answer comes from Scripture:

“But we preach Christ crucified: unto the Jews indeed a stumbling block, and unto the Gentiles foolishness: But unto them that are called…Christ, the power of God and the wisdom of God.” ( I Corinthians 1:23-24)

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Look down upon me, good and gentle Jesus
while before Your face I humbly kneel and,
with burning soul,
pray and beseech You
to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments
of faith, hope, and charity;
true contrition for my sins,
and a firm purpose of amendment.

While I contemplate,
with great love and tender pity,
Your five most precious wounds,
pondering over them within me
and calling to mind the words which David,
Your prophet, said to You, my Jesus:

“They have pierced My hands and My feet,
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Amen.


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“But we preach Christ crucified: unto the Jews indeed a stumbling block, and unto the Gentiles foolishness: But unto them that are called…Christ, the power of God and the wisdom of God.” ( I Corinthians 1:23-24)

The presence of Christ’s body on the cross does not mean that we ignore the Resurrection. Instead, it is a reminder to us that the bonds of sin were broken by Christ’s suffering and death (1 Peter 2:24).

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Prayer before a Crucifix

Look down upon me, good and gentle Jesus
while before Your face I humbly kneel and,
with burning soul,
pray and beseech You
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true contrition for my sins,
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Your five most precious wounds,
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History

In the year 1251, in the town of Aylesford in England, Our Lady appeared to St. Simon Stock, a Carmelite. She handed him a brown woolen scapular and said, “This shall be a privilege for you and all Carmelites, that anyone dying in this habit shall not suffer eternal fire.” In time, the Church extended this magnificent privilege to all the laity who are willing to be invested in the Brown Scapular of the Carmelites and who perpetually wear it.

Devotion

True devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary consists in three things: VENERATION, CONFIDENCE AND LOVE. By simply wearing the Scapular, we can tell her every moment of the day that we venerate her, love her and trust in her protection.

The Scapular Is a Silent Prayer

As Our Lord taught us to say the Our Father, Our Blessed Mother taught us the value of the scapular. When we use it as a prayer, Our Lady draws us to the Sacred Heart of Her Divine Son. It is good, therefore, to hold the scapular in the hand. A prayer offered while holding the Scapular is as perfect as a prayer can be. It is especially in time of temptation that we need the powerful intercession of God’s Mother. The evil spirit is utterly powerless when the wearer of a scapular faces temptation, calling upon the Holy Virgin in this silent devotion. “If you had recommended yourself to me, you would not have run into such danger,” was Our Lady’s gentle reproach to Blessed Alan de la Roche, one of her devoted servants.

Enrollment in the Confraternity

To be eligible for the scapular promise, one must be enrolled in the Brown Scapular Confraternity. This is a simple ceremony which can be performed by any priest (see below). The members of the Confraternity have the added benefit of sharing in all the spiritual benefits of the Carmelite Order.

According to a statement made by the Carmelite Fathers at the National Scapular Center, every priest now has the right to invest the faithful in the Brown Scapular and to substitute the rosary in lieu of the Little Office.

The scapular must be 100% wool without plastic casing and should not be pinned or affixed to clothing. It is worn over the head, under one’s clothes, with one square of wool hanging on the chest and the other on the back. Pictures are not necessary. Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

The Sabbatine Privilege

The Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel has promised to save those who wear the scapular from the fires of hell; She will also shorten their stay in purgatory if they should pass from this world still owing some debt of punishment.

This promise is found in a Bull of Pope John XXII. The Blessed Virgin appeared to him and, speaking of those who wear the Brown Scapular, said, “I, the Mother of Grace, shall descend on the Saturday after their death and whomsoever I shall find in purgatory I shall free so that I may lead them to the holy mountain of life everlasting.”

The Blessed Virgin assigned certain conditions which must be fulfilled:

Wear the Brown Scapular continuously.
Observe chastity according to one’s state in life (married/single).
Recite daily the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin OR Observe the fasts of the Church together with abstaining from meat on Wednesdays and Saturdays OR With permission of a priest, say five decades of Our Lady’s Most Holy Rosary OR With permission of a priest, substitute some other good work.
Pope Benedict XV, the celebrated World War I Pontiff, granted 500 days indulgence for devoutly kissing your scapular.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, The Morning Offering

O my God, in union with the Immaculate Heart of Mary (here kiss the scapular as a sign of your consecration), I offer Thee the Precious Blood of Jesus from all the altars throughout the world, joining with It the offering of my every thought, word and action of this day. O my Jesus, I desire today to gain every indulgence and merit I can, and I offer them, together with myself, to Mary Immaculate, that she may best apply them to the interests of Thy most Sacred Heart. Precious Blood of Jesus, save us! Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us! Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

The Popes and the Brown Scapular

Pope Leo XIII: “The Carmelite Scapular’s nobility of origin, its extraordinary spread among Christian peoples for many centuries, the spiritualizing effects produced by it and the outstanding miracles worked in virtue of it render the Scapular of Carmel commendable to a wondrous degree.”

Pope Pius XI: “In consideration of the munificent goodness of the heavenly Mother towards her children, it surely ought to be sufficient merely to exhort those who belong to the Scapular Confraternity to persevere in the holy exercises which have been prescribed for the gaining of the indulgences to which they are entitled.”

Pope Pius XII: “All Carmelites, whether they live in the cloisters of the First or Second Orders or are members of the Third Order or of the Confraternities, belong to the same family of our Most Blessed Mother and are attached to it by a special bond of love. May they all see in this keepsake of the Virgin herself a mirror of humility and purity; may they read in the very simplicity of the Garment a concise lesson in modesty and simplicity; above all, may they behold in this same Garment, which they wear day and night, the eloquent expressive symbol of their prayers for divine assistance.”

Pope John XXIII: He spoke “of the Mother of God who is honored in this Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Devotion to her becomes a necessity; towards Our Lady of Mount Carmel we are drawn with a most tender, yet irresistible, attraction.”

Pope Paul VI, speaking of Marian devotions, especially of the Scapular, says “Let the faithful hold in high esteem the practices and devotions to the Blessed Virgin approved by the teaching authority of the Church. It is Our conviction that the Rosary of Mary and the Scapular of Carmel are among these recommended practices. The Scapular is a practice of piety, which by its very simplicity is suited to everyone.”

THE ROSARY AND THE SCAPULAR ARE INSEPARABLE.

PRAY THE ROSARY DAILY.

Procedure for Blessing and Investiture

Latin

Priest - Ostende nobis Domine misericordiam tuam.
Respondent - Et salutare tuum da nobis.

P - Domine exaudi orationem meum.
R - Et clamor meus ad te veniat.
P - Dominus vobiscum.
R - Et cum spiritu tuo.

P - Oremus. Domine Jesu Christe, humani generis Salvator, hunc habitum, quem propter tuum tuaeque Genitricis Virginis Mariae de Monte Carmelo, Amorem servus tuus devote est delaturus, dextera tua sancti+fica, tu eadem Genitrice tua intercedente, ab hoste maligno defensus in tua gratia usque ad mortem perseveret: Qui vivis et regnas in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

THE PRIEST SPRINKLES WITH HOLY WATER THE SCAPULAR AND THE PERSON(S) BEING ENROLLED. HE THEN INVESTS HIM (THEM), SAYING:

P - Accipite hunc, habitum benedictum precantes sanctissima Virginem, ut ejus meritis illum perferatis sine macula, et vos ab omni adversitate defendat, atque advitam perducat aeternam. Amen.

AFTER INVESTITURE THE PRIEST CONTINUES WITH THE PRAYERS:

P - Ego, ex potestate mihi concessa, recipio vos ad participationem, omnium bonorum spiritualium, qua, cooperante misericordia Jesu Christi, a Religiosa de Monte Carmelo peraguntur. In Nomine Patris + et Filii + et Spiritus Sancti. + Amen.

Benedicat + vos Conditor caeli at terrae, Deus omnipotens, qui vos cooptare dignatus est in Confraternitatem Beatae Mariae Virginis de Monte Carmelo: quam exoramus, ut in hore obitus vestri conterat caput serpentis antiqui, atque palmam et coronam sempiternae hereditatis tandem consequamini. Per Christum Dominum nostrum.

R - Amen.

THE PRIEST THEN SPRINKLES AGAIN WITH HOLY WATER THE PERSON(S) ENROLLED.

English

Priest - Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy.
Respondent - And grant us Thy salvation.

P - Lord, hear my prayer.
R - And let my cry come unto Thee.
P - The Lord be with you.
R - And with your Spirit.

P - Lord Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, sanctify + by Thy power these scapulars, which for love of Thee and for love of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Thy servants will wear devoutly, so that through the intercession of the same Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and protected against the evil spirit, they persevere until death in Thy grace. Thou who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

THE PRIEST SPRINKLES WITH HOLY WATER THE SCAPULAR AND THE PERSON(S) BEING ENROLLED. HE THEN INVESTS HIM (THEM), SAYING:

P - Receive this blessed scapular and beseech the Blessed Virgin that through Her merits, you may wear it without stain. May it defend you against all adversity and accompany you to eternal life. Amen.

AFTER INVESTITURE THE PRIEST CONTINUES WITH THE PRAYERS:

P - I, by the power vested in me, admit you to participate in all the spiritual benefits obtained through the mercy of Jesus Christ by the Religious Order of Mount Carmel. In the name of the Father + and of the Son + and of the Holy Ghost. + Amen.

May God Almighty, the Creator of Heaven and earth, bless + you, He who has deigned to join you to the Confraternity of the Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel; we beseech Her to crush the head of the ancient serpent so that you may enter into possession of your eternal heritage through Christ our Lord.

R - Amen.

THE PRIEST THEN SPRINKLES AGAIN WITH HOLY WATER THE PERSON(S) ENROLLED. 

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by Fr. William P. Saunders

A Protestant friend came with me to Mass last Sunday and asked about the holy water fonts and why we make the sign of the cross with it when we enter and leave the Church. What answer would you give to her?

Traditionally, we have placed fonts of holy water near the entrances of our Churches. This placement and usage corresponds actually to Old Testament Jewish practices of purification: The Book of Leviticus prescribed various ritual purifications using water to remove the “uncleanness” associated, for instance, with coming into contact with a dead body, menstruation, childbirth, or leprosy (cf. Lv 12-15). A person also purified himself with water before entering the Temple precincts, offering prayer and sacrifice, and eating. For this reason, in the Courtyard of the Priests (the area before the actual Temple building) was the Laver, an immense bronze basin filled with water. Here the priests purified their hands and feet before offering sacrifices at the nearby altar, bathed before entering the Temple itself, and also drew water for other purifications prescribed in Jewish rituals. Interestingly, the Qumran community, located near the Dead Sea and responsible for producing the Dead Sea scrolls, also had purification pools for the cleansing not only of external “uncleanness” but also of sin.

We too have fonts filled with holy water for blessings for three reasons: as a sign of repentance of sin, for protection from evil, and as a reminder of our Baptism. The repentance of sin symbolized in the washing with water is reflected in Psalm 50: “Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense. Thoroughly wash me from my guilt and of my sin cleanse me. Cleanse me of sin with hyssop that I may be purified; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” (3-4, 9). (Hyssop is a small bush used for sprinkling water). Remember too how St. John the Baptizer called all to conversion and used a ritual washing of water to signify the repentance of sin and purification.

These actions have been incorporated into our own Mass. In the Penitential Rite, one of the options is the Asperges, which includes the Rite of Blessing and Sprinkling with holy water. As the priest passes through the congregation sprinkling them with the holy water, they customarily chant the Asperges Me, which is based on Psalm 50. In all, each person again makes an act of repentance of sin.

Second, the holy water protects us against evil. In the prayer of blessing of water in the Sacramentary, we read: “Lord, God Almighty, creator of all life, of body and soul, we ask you to bless this water: as we use it in faith forgive our sins and save us from all illness and the power of evil. Lord, in your mercy give us living water, always springing up as a fountain of salvation; free us, body and soul, from every danger, and admit us to your presence in purity of heart.”

Finally, holy water reminds us of our Baptism, when by the invocation of the Holy Trinity and the pouring of holy water, we were set free from original sin and all sin, infused with sanctifying grace, incorporated into the Church, and given the title Son or Daughter of God. In making the sign of the cross with the holy water, we are mindful that we are called to renew those baptismal promises of rejecting Satan, all His works, and all his empty promises, and to profess our credal faith. Once again, we repent of sin, so that we can offer our prayers and worship to God with pure and contrite hearts. Just as water and blood flowed from the Sacred Heart of our Lord as He hung upon the cross — signifying the great sacraments of baptism and holy Eucharist, the taking of holy water and making the sign of the cross remind us of our baptism in preparation for the reception of the holy Eucharist.

Never should we doubt the power of this great sacramental. St. Teresa of Avila in her autobiography wrote of the power of holy water: “I was once in an oratory, and [the devil] appeared to me in an abominable form at my left side. Because he spoke to me, I looked particularly at his mouth — which was most frightening. It seemed that a great flame, all bright without shadow, came forth from his body. He told me in a terrifying way that I had really freed myself from his hands but that he would catch me with them again. I was struck with great fear and blessed myself as best I could; he disappeared, but returned right away. This happened to me twice. I didn’t know what to do. There was some holy water there, and I threw it in that direction; he never returned again. ... I often experience that there is nothing the devils flee from more — without returning — than holy water” (Chapter 31). Upon the testimony of such a great saint, we see the importance not only of pausing to bless ourselves with holy water as we enter and leave Church but also of having holy water available in our homes.

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PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mystical Rose, help all those who invoke thee in their necessities! Since thou art the ever Virgin Mary and Mother of the true God, obtain for us from thy most holy Son the grace of keeping our faith, sweet hope in the midst of the bitterness of life, burning charity, and the precious gift of final perseverance. Amen.

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The Story of Our Lady of Guadalupe

At dawn on December 9, 1531, on Tepeyac Hill near Mexico City, Our Blessed Lady appeared to Juan Diego, an Aztec Indian (canonized on July 31, 2002, as Saint Juan Diego by Pope John Paul II). While on his way to attend mass he heard sounds of chirping birds and beautiful music, wondering where it was coming from and its meaning. Then he heard a voice calling him. There she revealed herself to him as “the Ever Virgin Mother of the True God,” and made known her desire that a Shrine be built there to bear witness to her love, her compassion, and her protection. She sent him to Bishop Juan de Zumarraga in Mexico City to request her great desire.

The Bishop dismissed the humble Indian without paying attention to his story. Two more times Our Lady appeared to Juan, requesting him to deliver the same favor. He did as she asked and finally the Bishop asked for a sign. So, Juan reported this to her and she promised to grant a sign the following morning.

On December 12, while on his way to bring a priest to his dying uncle, Our Lady appeared to him for the fourth time. She assured him of his uncle’s recovery and told him to gather fresh roses which he would find growing on the frosty summit of the rocky and barren hill. This done, she arranged the castilian roses in his tilma (cloak) and hurried him to the Bishop, giving him an account of their origin. This is what is known as “The Miracle of the pink roses.”

To the Bishop’s amazement, when Juan opened up his tilma before him there was painted upon it a miraculous beautiful image of Our Lady exactly as she had appeared on Mount Tepeyac. The Bishop prostrated himself in veneration and soon after began the building of the Shrine on the top of Mount Tepeyac. The Basilica in Mexico City is the most important Shrine to Our Blessed mother, under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe in all the American continents.

Juan Diego’s cloak, marvelously preserved, can still be seen behind the main altar in the new Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which is near the original Basilica site she requested. Millions from all over Mexico and the world make their way to venerate Our Blessed Mother and to implore her intercession. She stated to Juan, “Am I not here as your Mother?”

The Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of all the American continents is December 12th. We invoke Our Lady of Guadalupe as Empress of the Americas and the Protectress of the Unborn.

Symbolism of the Image

Our Lady of Guadalupe The miraculous image produced on the apron or tilma of Blessed Juan Diego is rich in symbolism. The aureole or luminous light surrounding the Lady is reminiscent of the “woman clothed with the sun” of Rev. 12:1. The light is also a sign of the power of God who has sanctified and blessed the one who appears. The rays of the sun would also be recognized by the native people as a symbol of their highest god, Huitzilopochtli. Thus, the lady comes forth hiding but not extinguishing the power of the sun. She is now going to announce the God who is greater than their sun god.

The Lady is standing upon the moon. Again, the symbolism is that of the woman of Rev. 12:1 who has the “moon under her feet”. The moon for the Meso-Americans was the god of the night. By standing on the moon, she shows that she is more powerful than the god of darkness. However, in Christian iconography the crescent moon under the Madonna’s feet is usually a symbol of her perpetual virginity, and sometimes it can refer to her Immaculate Conception or Assumption.

The eyes of Our lady of Guadalupe are looking down with humility and compassion. This was a sign to the native people that she was not a god since in their iconography the gods stare straight ahead with their eyes wide open. We can only imagine how tenderly her eyes looked upon Blessed Juan Diego when she said: ” Do not be troubled or weighed down with grief…Am I not here who am your Mother?”

The angel supporting the Lady testifies to her royalty. To the Meso-American Indians only kings, queens and other dignitaries would be carried on the shoulders of someone. The angel is transporting the Lady to the people as a sign that a new age has come.

The mantle of the Lady is blue-green or turquoise. To the native people, this was the color of the gods and of royalty. It was also the color of the natural forces of life and fecundity. In Christian art, blue is symbolic of eternity and immortality. In Judaism, it was the color of the robe of the high priest. The limbus or gold border of her mantle is another sign of nobility.

The stars on the Lady’s mantle shows that she comes from heaven. She comes as the Queen of Heaven but with the eyes of a humble and loving mother. The stars also are a sign of the supernatural character of the image. The research of Fr. Mario Rojas Sánchez and Dr. Juan Homero Hernández Illescas of Mexico (published in 1983) shows that the stars on the Lady’s mantle in the image are exactly as the stars of the winter solstice appeared before dawn on the morning of December 12, 1531.

The color of the Madonna’s dress is rose or pale-red. Some have interpreted this as the color of dawn symbolizing the beginning of a new era. Others point to the red as a sign of martyrdom for the faith and divine love.

The gold-encircled cross brooch under the neck of the Lady’s robe is a symbol of sanctity.

The girdle or bow around her waist is a sign of her virginity, but it also has several other meanings. The bow appears as a four-petaled flower. To the native Indians this was the nahui ollin, the flower of the sun, a symbol of plenitude. The cross-shaped flower was also connected with the cross-sticks which produce fire. For them, this was the symbol of fecundity and new life. The high position of the bow and the slight swelling of the abdomen show that the Lady is “with child”. According to Dr. Carlos Fernández Del Castillo, a leading Mexican obstetrician, the Lady appears almost ready to give birth with the infant head down resting vertically. This would further solidify her identification with the woman of Rev. 12 who is about to give birth.

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This beautiful and special St. Benedict Rosary has St. Benedict Medals for the “Our Father’s.”

The Medal or Cross of Saint Benedict

Medals, crosses, rosaries, statues, paintings, and other religious articles have long been used as a means of fostering and expressing our religious devotion to God and the saints. Icons, or painted images of Christ and the saints, are especially popular among Eastern Christians as an aid to Christian piety and devotion.

The use of any religious article is therefore intended as a means of reminding us of God and of stirring up in us a ready willingness and desire to serve God and our neighbor. With this understanding we reject any use of religious articles as if they were mere charms or had some magic power to bring us good luck or better health. Such is not the Christian attitude.

Origin of the Medal of Saint Benedict

For the early Christians, the cross was a favorite symbol and badge of their faith in Christ. From the writings of St. Gregory the Great (540-604), we know that St. Benedict had a deep faith in the Cross and worked miracles with the sign of the cross. This faith in, and special devotion to, the Cross was passed on to succeeding generations of Benedictines.

Devotion to the Cross of Christ also gave rise to the striking of medals that bore the image of St. Benedict holding a cross aloft in his right hand and his Rule for Monasteries in the other hand. Thus, the Cross has always been closely associated with the Medal of St. Benedict, which is often referred to as the Medal-Cross of St. Benedict.

Ms. illus.In the course of time, other additions were made, such as the Latin petition on the margin of the medal, asking that by St. Benedict’s presence we may be strengthened in the hour of death, as will be explained later.

We do not know just when the first medal of St. Benedict was struck. At some point in history a series of capital letters was placed around the large figure of the cross on the reverse side of the medal. For a long time the meaning of these letters was unknown, but in 1647 a manuscript dating back to 1415 was found at the Abbey of Metten in Bavaria, giving an explanation of the letters. They are the initial letters of a Latin prayer of exorcism against Satan, as will be explained below.

The Jubilee Medal of Montecassino

The above features were finally incorporated in a newly designed medal struck in 1880 under the supervision of the monks of Montecassino, Italy, to mark the 1400th anniversary of the birth of St. Benedict. The design of this medal was produced at St. Martin’s Archabbey, Beuron, Germany, at the request of the prior of Montecassino, Very Rev. Boniface Krug OSB (1838-1909). Prior Boniface was a native of Baltimore and originally a monk of St. Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, until he was chosen to become prior and latter archabbot of Montecassino.

Since that time, the Jubilee Medal of 1880 has proven to be more popular throughout the Christian world than any other medal ever struck to honor St. Benedict.

Description of the Jubilee Medal

Because the Jubilee Medal of 1880 has all the important features ever associated with the Medal of St. Benedict, the following description of this medal can serve to make clear the nature and intent of any medal of St. Benedict, no matter what shape or design it may legitimately have.

The Cross of Eternal Salvation

On the face of the medal is the image of Saint Benedict. In his right hand he holds the cross, the Christian’s symbol of salvation. The cross reminds us of the zealous work of evangelizing and civilizing England and Europe carried out mainly by the Benedictine monks and nuns, especially for the sixth to the ninth/tenth centuries.

Rule and Raven

In St. Benedict’s left hand is his Rule for Monasteries that could well be summed up in the words of the Prolog exhorting us to “walk in God’s ways, with the Gospel as our guide.”

On a pedestal to the right of St. Benedict is the poisoned cup, shattered when he made the sign of the cross over it. On a pedestal to the left is a raven about to carry away a loaf of poisoned bread that a jealous enemy had sent to St. Benedict.

C. S. P. B.

Above the cup and the raven are the Latin words: Crux s. patris Benedicti (The Cross of our holy father Benedict). On the margin of the medal, encircling the figure of Benedict, are the Latin words: Eius in obitu nostro praesentia muniamur! (May we be strengthened by his presence in the hour of our death!). Benedictines have always regarded St. Benedict as a special patron of a happy death. He himself died in the chapel at Montecassino while standing with his arms raised up to heaven, supported by the brothers of the monastery, shortly after St. Benedict had received Holy Communion.

Monte Cassino

Below Benedict we read: ex SM Casino MDCCCLXXX (from holy Monte Cassino, 1880). This is the medal struck to commemorate the 1400th anniversary of the birth of Saint Benedict.

Reverse Side of the Medal

Crux mihi lux

On the back of the medal, the cross is dominant. On the arms of the cross are the initial letters of a rhythmic Latin prayer: Crux sacra sit mihi lux! Nunquam draco sit mihi dux! (May the holy cross be my light! May the dragon never be my guide!).

In the angles of the cross, the letters C S P B stand for Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti (The cross of our holy father Benedict).

Peace

Above the cross is the word pax (peace), that has been a Benedictine motto for centuries. Around the margin of the back of the medal, the letters V R S N S M V - S M Q L I V B are the initial letters, as mentioned above, of a Latin prayer of exorcism against Satan: Vade retro Satana! Nunquam suade mihi vana! Sunt mala quae libas. Ipse venena bibas! (Begone Satan! Never tempt me with your vanities! What you offer me is evil. Drink the poison yourself!)

Use of the Medal

There is no special way prescribed for carrying or wearing the Medal of St. Benedict. It can be worn on a chain around the neck, attached to one’s rosary, kept in one’s pocket or purse, or placed in one’s car or home. The medal is often put into the foundations of houses and building, on the walls of barns and sheds, or in one’s place of business.

The purpose of using the medal in any of the above ways is to call down God’s blessing and protection upon us, wherever we are, and upon our homes and possessions, especially through the intercession of St. Benedict. By the conscious and devout use of the medal, it becomes, as it were, a constant silent prayer and reminder to us of our dignity as followers of Christ.

The medal is a prayer of exorcism against Satan, a prayer for strength in time of temptation, a prayer for peace among ourselves and among the nations of the world, a prayer that the Cross of Christ be our light and guide, a prayer of firm rejection of all that is evil, a prayer of petition that we may with Christian courage “walk in God’s ways, with the Gospel as our guide,” as St. Benedict urges us.

A profitable spiritual experience can be ours if we but take the time to study the array of inscriptions and representations found on the two sides of the medal. The lessons found there can be pondered over and over to bring true peace of mind and heart into our lives as we struggle to overcome the weaknesses of our human nature and realize that our human condition is not perfect, but that with the help of God and the intercession of the saints our condition can become better.

The Medal of St. Benedict can serve as a constant reminder of the need for us to take up our cross daily and “follow the true King, Christ our Lord,” and thus learn “to share in his heavenly kingdom,” as St. Benedict urges us in the Prolog of his Rule.

Two Special Uses of the Medal

By a rescript of the Sacred Congregation of Religious (4 May 1965) lay Oblates of St. Benedict are permitted to wear the Medal of St. Benedict instead of the small black cloth scapular formerly worn.

By a decree of the Sacred Congregation of Rites (6 March 1959), the Blessing of St. Maur over the sick is permitted to be given with a Medal of St. Benedict instead of with a relic of the True Cross, since the latter is difficult to obtain.

Approved Blessing of the Medal of St. Benedict

Medals of Saint Benedict are sacramentals that may be blessed legitimately by any Catholic Priest (Instr., 26 Sept. 1964; Can. 1168).

V. Adjutorium nostrum in nomine Domini.
R. Qui fecit caelum et terram.

Exorcizo vos, numismata, per Deum + Patrem omnipotentem, qui fecit caelum et terram, mare et omnia, quae in eis sunt.  Omnis virtus adversarii, omnis exercitus diaboli, et omnis incursus, omne phantasma satanae, eradicare et effugare, ab his numismatibus: ut fiant omnibus, qui eis usuri sunt, salus mentis et corporis: in nomine Patris + omnipotentis, et Jesu + Christi Filii ejus, Domini nostri, et Spiritus + Sancti Paracliti, et in caritate ejusdem Domini nostri Jesu Christi, qui venturus est judicare vivos et mortuos, et saeculum per ignem. R. Amen.

V. Domine exaudi orationem meam.
R. Et clamor meus ad te veniat.
V. Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.

Oremus:  Deus omnipotens, bonorum omnium largitor, supplices te rogamus, ut per intercessionem sancti Benedicti his sacris numismatibus tuam beneditionem + infundas, ut omnes qui ea gestaverint ac bonis operibus intenti fuerint, sanitatem mentis et corporis, et gratiam sanctificationis, atque indulgentias (nobis) concessas consequi mereantur, omnesque diaboli insidias et fraudes, per auxilium misericordiae tuae, studeant devitare et in conspectu tuo sancti et immaculati valeant apparere.  Per Christum Dominum nostrum.  R. Amen.

The medals are then sprinkled with holy water.

Many times the St. Benedict’s medal is in a crucifix.  The crucifix has to be blessed too.  Here is that blessing:

V. Adjutorium nostrum in nomine Domini.
R. Qui fecit caelum et terram.
V. Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.

Oremus:  Rogamus te, Domine sancte, pater omnipotens, aeterne Deus: ut digneris benedicere + hoc signum Crucis, ut sit remedium salutare generi humano; sit soliditas fidei, profectus bonorum operum, redemptio animarum; sit solamen, et protectio, ac tutela contra saeva jacula inimicorum.  Per Christum Dominum nostrum. R. Amen.

Oremus: Benedic, + Domine Jesu Christe, hanc Crucem, per quam eripuisti mundum a potestate daemonum, et superasti passione tua suggestorem peccati, qui gaudebat in praevaricatione primi hominis per ligni vetiti sumptionem.  (Hic aspergatur aqua benedicta).  Santificetur hoc signum Crucis in nomine Patris + et Filii + et Spiritus + Sancti; ut orantes, inclinantesque se propter Dominum ante istam Crucem, inveniant corporis et animae sanitatem.  Per eumdem Christum Dominum nostrum.  R. Amen.

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Hail-Marys seen as Roses

One of the earliest mentions of Ave’s (Hail Mary’s) taking the form of roses and comprising garlands occurs in the story, “Ave’s seen as Roses,” which appears in the 13th century in Latin, Catalan and German versions.

Later, this story was included in almost all the Rosary confraternity handbooks to demonstrate how much this pious practice pleased Our Lady.

What is the story? Here it is.

A good, simple secular man had the daily practice of making a chaplet of roses, or whatever flower he could find according to the season, and placing it on the head of a statue of Our Lady. He did this with great joy and pious devotion.

Robbers see Ave-Maria’s as roses issuing from the mouth of the monk

The Virgin saw the good intention of his heart, and wanting to help him further it, gave him the desire to take up the religious life. And so he became a lay brother in a cloister. But in the cloister he was given so many tasks to perform that he no longer had time to make Mary her chaplet as he was accustomed to do. For this reason, he became dissatisfied. He was about to leave the order and return to the world, when an older priest became aware of his distress. The priest wisely advised him that he should recite each day 50 Ave Maria’s in place of the chaplet and convinced him that the Virgin Mary would prefer that to all the rose chaplets that were ever made. The lay brother followed the advice and continued in it for some time.

Then one day he was sent on an errand that required him to ride through a forest that harbored thieves. In the forest he tied his horse to a tree, knelt down and was reciting his 50 Ave Maria’s when thieves saw him and decided to rob him and steal his horse. But as they approached him, they saw from a distance a wonderfully beautiful maiden standing by him who, every little while, took from his mouth a beautiful rose and added it to a garland that she was making. When the rose chaplet was complete, she placed it on her head and flew off to Heaven.

The robbers were thoroughly amazed and ran to the brother asking him who the beautiful maiden was that they had seen beside him. The lay brother replied: “I did not have any maiden with me. I have only been reciting 50 Ave Maria’s as a chaplet for Queen Mary, as I was instructed. That is all I know.”

When the robbers told him what they had seen, the lay brother and the robbers too realized that it was the Holy Mother of God who, in person, had accepted the rose chaplet that he was accustomed to send to her daily… Then the brother rejoiced from the depths of his heart, and from that day forward, made a spiritual rose chaplet of 50 Ave Maria’s for Queen Mary daily and instructed other good people in the practice. In this manner the rosary was created and made known to us. And one may believe that the robbers better their lives as a result, because God’s grace had permitted them to behold the Mother of Mercy.

More than a tale

Today there is a tendency to smile at “medieval stories” like this one. Those were simple-minded people who believed in all kinds of superstitions and myths, so of course they understood it literally. On the other hand, we are a more sophisticated and highly developed people, so of course we don’t actually believe such a thing really occurred.

Our Lady of the Rose

In his work Secret of the Rosary, St. Louis de Montfort warns us against taking such a high-minded attitude about well-authenticated stories about holy subjects told by trustworthy authors. One of the Devil’s traps is to foster the spirit of pride and make man deny tradition and doubt anything he cannot see, does not understand, or simply does not like. This is not a superior man, but the stupid man who no longer steps securely and one who can well end in heresy.

How many times has Our Lady shown her approval of the praying of the Rosary with miracles! The Jesuit Fr. Alfonso Rodriguez used to mediate on the mysteries of the Rosary with such fervor that he often saw a red rose come out of his mouth at each Our Father that he said, and white rose at each Hail Mary, both equal in beauty and differing only in color. Let the skeptics sneer and scoff in their pride. The saintly Jesuit believed and was rewarded by Our Lady with a visible demonstration of her pleasure in the Rosary prayed with persistent dedication.

By all means, then, let us recite the entire Rosary every day, that is to say, three rosaries each of five decades, which we can liken to three garlands or crowns of flowers. We should also meditate on its more profound meaning:

First, we pray the three rosaries to honor the three crowns of Jesus and Mary: the crown of grace at the time of His Incarnation, His crown of thorns during his Passion, and His crown of glory in Heaven.

Second, we do this so that we ourselves may receive three crowns from Our Lord and Our Lady: a crown of merit during our lifetimes, a crown of peace at our deaths, and a crown of glory in Heaven.

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The shell seen on this beautiful Rosary is an ancient symbol of baptism and in early Christian art John is often depicted baptizing Christ with water poured from a scallop shell. The Scallop shell of Saint James (Concha de Santiago) is a symbol of courage, strength and hope - and many people possess one as a souvenir of their experience on one of the greatest walks in the world . . the Camino de Santiago.

This is because, for centuries, the scallop shell, which is typically found on the sea coast in Galicia, northern Spain, has been the symbol of the Camino de Santiago, and its pilgrims - los peregrinos. Pilgrims returned to their countries of origin wearing the scallop concha shell over their habit or hat, as a souvenir (or ‘recuerdo’) to demonstrate that they had reached Santiago and its famous Gothic Cathedral. 

So, this shell of Saint James or La Vieira is the traditional emblem of Santiago, and is popular with pilgrims on the Way of St. James (El Camino de Santiago . . or simply, El Camino) travelling to the apostle’s shrine at Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. Medieval Christians making the pilgrimage to the shrine often wore a scallop shell symbol on their hat or clothes. The pilgrims also carried a scallop shell, and would present themselves at churches, castles, abbeys and so on, where they could expect to be given as much sustenance as they could pick up with one scoop of the shell. Probably they would be given oats, barley, and perhaps beer or wine.

The use of the scallop shell as a means of protection for travelers, dates back to the period of the Crusades (a series of Christian expeditionary wars against the Moorish invaders). The scallop shell had been chosen because, according to tradition, when the remains of St. James were originally unearthed, it was said to be covered in scallop shells.

So - the Concha de Santiago is often gifted to friends and loved-ones who are about to embark on a special (or difficult) journey . . or indeed, to attempt the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St James) itself, to encourage them, to inspire them, and to offer them protection and the knowledge that someone special is thinking of them.

The shell (as an ancient symbol of Baptism) on this Rosary reminds us to renew our Baptismal Promises.

Renewal of Baptismal Promises

V. Do you renounce sin, so as to live in the freedom of the children of God?
R. I do.

V. Do you renounce the lure of evil, so that sin may have no mastery over you?
R. I do.

V. Do you renounce Satan, the author and prince of sin?
R. I do.

V. Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth?
R. I do.

V. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary, suffered death and was buried, rose again from the dead and is seated at the right hand of the Father?
R. I do.

V. Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?
R. I do.

V. And may almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given us new birth by water and the Holy Spirit and bestowed on us forgiveness of our sins, keep us by his grace, in Christ Jesus our Lord, for eternal life.
R. Amen.

R. Amen.

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This educational pamphlet, How to Pray the Rosary for Children, gives parents and religious educators a useful guide to explain both the way the Rosary is prayed, as well as the reasons why we pray it.

The beautiful artwork engages children’s imagination and helps them begin to think about the mysteries of the Rosary.

Teach your children to pray the Rosary so that they will be strong in their faith!

The Fifteen Promises of Mary to Christians Who Recite the Rosary
 
Given to St. Dominic and Blessed Alan by the Virgin Mary

1) Whosoever shall faithfully serve Me by the recitation of the Rosary shall receive signal graces.

2) I promise My special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.

3) The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against Hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin and defeat heresies.

4) It will cause good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire for Eternal Things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.

5) The soul which recommends itself to Me by the recitation of the Rosary shall not perish.

6) Whosoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its Sacred Mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of Eternal Life.

7) Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the Church.

8) Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the Light of God and the plenitude of His Graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the Merits of the Saints in Paradise.

9) I shall deliver from Purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.

10) The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of Glory in Heaven.

11) You shall obtain all you ask of Me by recitation of the Rosary.

12) All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by Me in their necessities.

13) I have obtained from My Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire Celestial Court during their life and at the hour of death.

14) All who recite the Rosary are My Sons, and brothers of My Only Son Jesus Christ.

15) Devotion to My Rosary is a great sign of predestination.

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This pamphlet, Pray the Rosary, will help you meditate better on the mysteries of the Rosary, so that you can follow Christ, like Mary, the first and best disciple of the Lord.

The Rosary and Sacred Scripture

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.

Luke 1:28 “And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you.”

The Greek kecharitomene means favored by grace, graced. Its tense suggests a permanent state of being “highly favored,” thus full of grace. Charity, the divine love within us, comes from the same root. God is infinite Goodness, infinite Love. Mary is perfect created goodness, filled to the limit of her finite being with grace or charity.

Blessed art thou among women

Luke 1:41-42a “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women…”

Luke 1:48 “For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.”

Among all women is a way to say the highest/greatest etc. of a group in Semitic languages (these words would likely have been spoken in Aramaic). Mary is being called the greatest of all women, greater than Ruth, greater than Sarah, greater than EVE!  Since Eve was created immaculate (without original sin), Mary must have been conceived immaculate. And, although Eve fell into sin by her own free will, Mary must have corresponded to God’s grace and remained sinless. She could not otherwise be greater than Eve. Thus, as the Fathers of the Church unanimously assert, Mary is the New Eve who restores womanhood to God’s original intention and cooperates with the New Adam, her Son, for the Redemption of the world.

Blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus

Luke 1:42b “and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”

Jesus is Mary’s fruit. Good fruit does not come from anything but a good tree (Mt. 7:17-18)! The all-holy Son of God could not be the fruit of any other tree than the Immaculate Virgin.

Holy Mary, Mother of God

Luke 1:43 “And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

Kyrios is the Greek word used by the Jews in the Septuagint Bible (Greek translation) for YHWH, the Divine Name of God. In her greeting of Mary, Elizabeth is saying: “How is it that the mother of my God should come to me.” Against the heresies of the 4th and 5th centuries which tried to split the Person of Jesus into two, divine and human, denying one or the other, the Council of Ephesus in 431 AD proclaimed Mary Theotokos (God-bearer, i.e. mother of God). Jesus is a single Person, a Divine Person, the second Person of the Most Holy Trinity. To be mother of the Person Jesus is to be mother of a Person who is God. Mary’s title protects this truth against errors which emphasize or deny, either the divinity or humanity of the Lord.

Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Luke 2:35 “...and you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

John 2:5 “His mother said to the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Mary sees a need and appeals to Her Son to satisfy it. He does. We turn to Mary to ask her to intercede with her Son in our daily spiritual and material needs, but especially at the hour of our death. At that moment our salvation hangs in the balance as the devil makes his final foray to deter us from the path to God (Rev. 2:10). It is not surprising, therefore, that both the Hail Mary and the Our Father conclude with an appeal to be delivered from the evil one.

The Power of Intercessory Prayer:

Intercessory prayer proceeds from faith in God that holy men and women who have died are as alive today as they were on earth (Luke 20:38). If the prayer of the just man avails much, how much more the prayer of the one made perfect (Rev. 21:27) and living with God in heaven (the patriarchs, apostles and other holy men and women).

James 5:16b “the fervent prayer of a righteous man is very powerful.”

Rev. 5:8 “When he took it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each of the elders held a harp and gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of the holy ones.

The angels, too, mediate our prayers. This is taught explicitly in the Jewish book of Tobit (Tob. 12:12), accepted by Christians as inspired until Luther on his own authority rejected it. It remains part of the Catholic Bible.

Tobit 12:12 I can now tell you that when you, Tobit, and Sarah prayed, it was I who presented and read the record of your prayer before the Glory of the Lord; and I did the same thing when you used to bury the dead.

Rev. 8:3 “Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a gold censer. He was given a great quantity of incense to offer, along with the prayers of all the holy ones, on the gold altar that was before the throne.”

Is the Rosary mindless babbling?

The purpose of the different beads on the rosary is to count the various prayers as they are said. Unlike the Moslem prayer beads and the mantras of Buddhism, the prayers of the rosary are meant to occupy our whole being, body and soul, while meditating on the truths of the Faith. Any prayer is vain, however, if said mechanically without devotion. Simply to repeat prayers is not the vain repetition condemned by Christ (Mt 6:7), since He Himself repeats His prayer in the Garden three times (Mt 26:39, 42, 44) and the Psalms (inspired by the Holy Spirit) are often very repetitive (Ps 119 has 176 verses and Ps. 136 repeats the same phrase 26 times).

Matthew 6:7 In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words.

Psalm 136:1-26

Praise the LORD, who is so good;
God’s love endures forever;
Praise the God of gods;
God’s love endures forever;
. . . Praise the God of heaven,
God’s love endures forever.

Matthew 26:39 He advanced a little and fell prostrate in prayer, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will.”

Matthew 26:42 Withdrawing a second time, he prayed again, “My Father, if it is not possible that this cup pass without my drinking it, your will be done!”

Matthew 26:44 He left them and withdrew again and prayed a third time, saying the same thing again.

The Church believes that it is necessary for a Christian to meditate (prayerfully think about) the will of God, the life and teachings of Jesus, the price He paid for our salvation, and so on. Unless we do this we will begin to take these great gifts for granted and ultimately fall away from the Lord. Every Christian must meditate in some way in order to preserve the gift of salvation (James 1:22-25). Many Catholic and non-Catholic Christians prayerfully read and apply Scripture to their lives, that is, meditate on them. With the Rosary this can be done virtually anywhere and anytime.

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Healey Willan’s “A Fugal Trilogy” is a set of three works for organ that each end with a fugue:

1) Chorale and Fugue
2) Aria and Fugue
3) Elegy and Fugue

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With over 800 opus numbers, Willan was a highly active composer of sacred organ and choral music, orchestral and chamber music, operas and much more. In the field of sacred music, after Johann Sebastian Bach, Healey Willian is the most prolific composer.

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Saint John Cantius, Restoring the Sacred, investigates how a decaying old church in Chicago became a thriving religious and cultural treasure. When a Catholic priest with no previous parish experience arrived, he faced a building in severe disrepair, but he realized that there was an even deeper need: to restore the faith and sacred culture of the parish community.

Enjoy the interview of Rev. C. Frank Phillips, CR, Pastor of St. John Cantius and Founder of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius. You will also hear from various members of the Canons Regular, the priests and brothers who have had a hand in resurrecting the parish life of St. John Cantius.

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Healey Willan’s “Barcarolle for Organ” is a delightful piece that audiences will enjoy in concert.

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With over 800 opus numbers, Willan was a highly active composer of sacred organ and choral music, orchestral and chamber music, operas and much more. In the field of sacred music, after Johann Sebastian Bach, Healey Willian is the most prolific composer.

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Healey Willan has gifted organists with six reputable organ works in his composition of his Miniature Suite for Organ. With good counterpoint, well-formed melodies, and superb harmonisations, Willan’s Miniature Suite for Organ provides organists repertoire which is always useful, beautiful, and never tires. The organist’s library is incomplete without Willan’s Miniature Suite for Organ.

1) Prelude, in E flat
2) Scherzo, in B minor
3) Communion, in C
4) Trio, in D minor
5) Intermezzo, in G
6) Finale, in E flat

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To continue the work of promoting the music of Healey Willan, Mary Willan Mason, Healey Willan’s daughter, has bestowed upon Rev. Scott A. Haynes, SJC, a priest of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius in Chicago, the responsibility of being the Trustee of the Estate of Healey Willan. To this end, the Healey Willan Society has been established to promote Willan’s music by bring back into print his musical compositions which have fallen out of print or which were never published.

With over 800 opus numbers, Willan was a highly active composer of sacred organ and choral music, orchestral and chamber music, operas and much more. In the field of sacred music, after Johann Sebastian Bach, Healey Willian is the most prolific composer.

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Alleluia! Puer Nobis Est Natus, Nicholas White
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Alleluia! Puer Nobis Est Natus, by Nicholas White, is the first movement of a multi-movement Christmas choral work for a capella choir.

Employing the traditional Gregorian chant melody of the Puer Nobis Est Natus, this is a highly-effective choral setting of the Latin text from Isaiah.

TEXT TRANSLATION

Alleluia! A child is born to us
and a Son is given to us:
Whose government is upon
His shoulder. Alleluia!

Isaiah 9:6

SAMPLE SCORE

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ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Nicholas White is a Grammy nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2011, Nicholas was appointed to the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire. In 2012 he became Chair of the Arts at the school. In 2013 he was appointed Music Director of The Boston Cecilia, one of America’s oldest and finest performing arts organizations.

Nicholas was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He held his first organist and choirmaster position at the age of fifteen, going on to become Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge.  Since moving to the United States in 1989, Nicholas has held various positions in churches, colleges and schools. These include Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC and St. Michael’s Church, New York City.

In 2003 Nicholas founded Tiffany Consort, an ensemble of eight accomplished singers. The group’s first CD, “O Magnum Mysterium” was nominated for a Grammy, and the second CD, “In Sure and Certain Hope: Choral Music of Nicholas White”, was released in December 2006. Both recordings are available on the MSR Classics label.

Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, DC commissioned White’s setting of Poe’s “The Raven” which was performed to great critical acclaim by The Raven Consort in 2013. Additionally, Nicholas recently completed a dramatic song cycle, “On Dreams Alone”, which has been in preparation for the last two decades. Nicholas is in high demand as a composer, receiving numerous commissions from choirs across the country. Most recently these have included The Hanson Institute for American Music (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), Lyric Fest (Philadelphia, PA), Christchurch Cathedral (Cincinnati, OH), The Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Philadelphia, PA), The Chancel Choir (Lubbock, TX), The Association of Anglican Musicians (Hartford, CT), St. John’s Cathedral (Albuquerque, NM), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Newton, MA), Dumbarton Concerts (Washington, DC), Granite State Choral Society (Rochester, NH), and Shadyside Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh, PA.)

REVIEW

“Unashamedly beautiful, Nicholas White’s choral music makes you think about the function of music and how a composer decides on the rightness of its design. White’s music never cloys. It is beautifully crafted, the manner of word-setting stemming very much from the English choral tradition… music that soothes more often than it challenges, while still stimulating the imagination as it nourishes the spirit.”

International Record Review ~ June 2007

The Mystery of Bethlehem, Healey Willan
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The Mystery of Bethlehem is a six movement Christmas Cantata by Healey Willan with liturgical texts translated by Athelstan Riley and John M. Neale.

The Mystery of Bethlehem is composed for soprano solo, baritone solo, SATB chorus (divisi), and organ. Supplementary parts are available for oboe, 2 trumpets, 4 horns, 3 trombones, drums, and harp or piano and glockenspiel.

The Prophecy



The Annunciation



The Manger



The Shepherds



The Magi



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The Prophecy is Movement No. 1 of The Mystery of Bethlehem, a six movement Christmas Cantata by Healey Willan with liturgical texts translated by Athelstan Riley and John M. Neale.

The Mystery of Bethlehem is written for soprano solo, baritone solo, SATB chorus (divisi), and organ. Supplementary parts are available for oboe, 2 trumpets, 4 horns, 3 trombones, drums, and harp or piano and glockenspiel.



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The Annunciation is Movement No. 2 of The Mystery of Bethlehem, a six movement Christmas Cantata by Healey Willan with liturgical texts translated by Athelstan Riley and John M. Neale.

The Mystery of Bethlehem is written for soprano solo, baritone solo, SATB chorus (divisi), and organ. Supplementary parts are available for oboe, 2 trumpets, 4 horns, 3 trombones, drums, and harp or piano and glockenspiel.



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The Manger is Movement No. 3 of The Mystery of Bethlehem, a six movement Christmas Cantata by Healey Willan with liturgical texts translated by Athelstan Riley and John M. Neale.

The Mystery of Bethlehem is written for soprano solo, baritone solo, SATB chorus (divisi), and organ. Supplementary parts are available for oboe, 2 trumpets, 4 horns, 3 trombones, drums, and harp or piano and glockenspiel.



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The Shepherds is Movement No. 4 of The Mystery of Bethlehem, a six movement Christmas Cantata by Healey Willan with liturgical texts translated by Athelstan Riley and John M. Neale.

The Mystery of Bethlehem is written for soprano solo, baritone solo, SATB chorus (divisi), and organ. Supplementary parts are available for oboe, 2 trumpets, 4 horns, 3 trombones, drums, and harp or piano and glockenspiel.



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The Magi is Movement No. 5 of The Mystery of Bethlehem, a six movement Christmas Cantata by Healey Willan with liturgical texts translated by Athelstan Riley and John M. Neale.

The Mystery of Bethlehem is written for soprano solo, baritone solo, SATB chorus (divisi), and organ. Supplementary parts are available for oboe, 2 trumpets, 4 horns, 3 trombones, drums, and harp or piano and glockenspiel.



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The Fulfilment (movement No.6 from the Mystery of Bethlehem), Healey Willan
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The Fulfilment is Movement No. 6 of The Mystery of Bethlehem, a six movement Christmas Cantata by Healey Willan with liturgical texts translated by Athelstan Riley and John M. Neale.

The Mystery of Bethlehem is written for soprano solo, baritone solo, SATB chorus (divisi), and organ. Supplementary parts are available for oboe, 2 trumpets, 4 horns, 3 trombones, drums, and harp or piano and glockenspiel.



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Chants of the Church
From the Monks of Solesmes Abbey, France
Latin Chants with English Translations
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Chants of the Church is a fantastic little book of Gregorian chant! Published in 1953, it is a fine collection of the best of Gregorian chant from the Benedictine Monks of Solesmes Monastery in France.

The traditional square-note musical notation is used with the Latin text. There is a wonderful bonus in Chants of the Church—it has English translations underneath the Latin text.

Chants of the Church also includes an excellent primer at the front in how to sing chant and read the square-note musical notation.

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Praise to the Lord, Healey Willan
Healey Willan Society
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Healey Willan’s setting of the hymn Praise to the Lord is arranged for SATB choir & organ.  This hymn is on the top ten list and this arrangement by Healey Willan is something your choir must have! Your congregation will love to sing along…


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To continue the work of promoting the music of Healey Willan, Mary Willan Mason, Healey Willan’s daughter, has bestowed upon Rev. Scott A. Haynes, SJC, a priest of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius in Chicago, the responsibility of being the Trustee of the Estate of Healey Willan. To this end, the Healey Willan Society has been established to promote Willan’s music by bring back into print his musical compositions which have fallen out of print or which were never published.

With over 800 opus numbers, Willan was a highly active composer of sacred organ and choral music, orchestral and chamber music, operas and much more. In the field of sacred music, after Johann Sebastian Bach, Healey Willian is the most prolific composer.

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O Sing Unto The Lord A New Song, Healey Willan
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Healey Willan’s festive anthem, O Sing Unto The Lord A New Song, for SATB choir, organ and brass quartet, is thrilling to sing, to play, and to hear!

Scores Available
Score for Choir/Organist/Conductor
Score for Brass Parts

Our Brass parts include parts for 2 C Trumpets and 2 Trombones. We also include parts for 2 Horns in F should trombones not be available.

Healey Willan Society

To continue the work of promoting the music of Healey Willan, Mary Willan Mason, Healey Willan’s daughter, has bestowed upon Rev. Scott A. Haynes, SJC, a priest of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius in Chicago, the responsibility of being the Trustee of the Estate of Healey Willan. To this end, the Healey Willan Society has been established to promote Willan’s music by bring back into print his musical compositions which have fallen out of print or which were never published.

With over 800 opus numbers, Willan was a highly active composer of sacred organ and choral music, orchestral and chamber music, operas and much more. In the field of sacred music, after Johann Sebastian Bach, Healey Willian is the most prolific composer.

www.HealeyWillan.com

Now Thank We All Our God, Healey Willan
Healey Willan Society
SATB Choir and Organ
8 pgs., 8.5" x 11"
Product #: SY768
$1.85 (minimum order of 4)
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One of the greatest hymns is Now Thank We All Our God. Healey Willan’s arrangement of Now Thank We All Our God for SATB choir and organ is fantastic. Add this to your choir’s repertoire and your congregation will enjoy hearing it.

Healey Willan Society

To continue the work of promoting the music of Healey Willan, Mary Willan Mason, Healey Willan’s daughter, has bestowed upon Rev. Scott A. Haynes, SJC, a priest of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius in Chicago, the responsibility of being the Trustee of the Estate of Healey Willan. To this end, the Healey Willan Society has been established to promote Willan’s music by bring back into print his musical compositions which have fallen out of print or which were never published.

With over 800 opus numbers, Willan was a highly active composer of sacred organ and choral music, orchestral and chamber music, operas and much more. In the field of sacred music, after Johann Sebastian Bach, Healey Willian is the most prolific composer.

www.HealeyWillan.com

Ye Shall Know That The Lord Will Come, Healey Willan
Healey Willan Society
SATB Choir with Organ and Optional Solos
16 pgs., 8.5" x 11"
Product #: SY772
$2.75 (minimum order of 4)
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Your choir needs new music for this Christmas!  Order the English anthem, Ye Shall Know That The Lord Will Come, by the Dean of Canadian Composers, Healey Willan. It is a marvelous Christmas gem for SATB Choir with organ.

Healey Willan Society

To continue the work of promoting the music of Healey Willan, Mary Willan Mason, Healey Willan’s daughter, has bestowed upon Rev. Scott A. Haynes, SJC, a priest of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius in Chicago, the responsibility of being the Trustee of the Estate of Healey Willan. To this end, the Healey Willan Society has been established to promote Willan’s music by bring back into print his musical compositions which have fallen out of print or which were never published.

With over 800 opus numbers, Willan was a highly active composer of sacred organ and choral music, orchestral and chamber music, operas and much more. In the field of sacred music, after Johann Sebastian Bach, Healey Willian is the most prolific composer.

www.HealeyWillan.com

Lace Alb with Black Inserts
Classic Roman style alb
Seraphic Vestments
Lightweight and "breathable" blend of cotton (55%) and polyester (45%), easy to clean and iron
Product #: Click on "Available Sizes" below to order
$655.95
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This classic Roman style alb is finished around the neck with a white cotton ribbon to tie at the neckline. The lace on the sleeves is 25 cm (9.8 inches) wide. At the bottom of the alb the lace is 60 cm (23.6 inches).

Measuring for your Alb


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125 cm
130 cm
135 cm
140 cm
145 cm
150 cm
155 cm
160 cm
165 cm
170 cm
175 cm
180 cm

Laundering Your Alb


1) When you launder your alb, we suggest that you remove the fabric inserts which are underneath the lace.  Removing the fabric inserts is easy, as these are attached by snaps.
2) In washing the fabric inserts, we recommend you hand-wash these separately with a gentle detergent. Rinse well. All these to air-dry.
3) We recommend you hand-wash your alb (with the fabric inserts removed) with a gentle detergent. If you choose to wash your alb in a washing-machine, we suggest that you use the “gentle” or “delicate” cycle.
4) In washing your alb (with the colored fabric inserts removed), use a gentle detergent. If using bleach, we suggest that you use only a non-chlorine, color-safe bleach in the laundering process. Chlorine bleach may not be used.
5) In drying the alb, do not use a machine dryer. Rather, hang it up or lay it out horizontally to air-dry.
6) Before reinserting the colored fabric inserts you may iron the poly-cotton fabric of the alb (steam or dry) at a medium setting (150°C, 300°F). Spray-starch may be used if desired.
7) When you iron the lace portions of your alb, we recommend that you do not exceed a temperature of 40°C (100° F).
8) When you iron the colored fabric inserts, we recommend that you do not exceed a temperature of 40°C (100° F).
9) After washing and ironing, re-insert the colored fabric portions using the easy-to-use snaps.

Lace Alb with Purple Inserts
Classic Roman style alb
Seraphic Vestments
Lightweight and "breathable" blend of cotton (55%) and polyester (45%), easy to clean and iron
Product #: Click on "Available Sizes" below to order
$655.95
Order Now
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This classic Roman style alb is finished around the neck with a white cotton ribbon to tie at the neckline. The lace on the sleeves is 25 cm (9.8 inches) wide. At the bottom of the alb the lace is 60 cm (23.6 inches).

Measuring for your Alb


Available Sizes



125 cm
130 cm
135 cm
140 cm
145 cm
150 cm
155 cm
160 cm
165 cm
170 cm
175 cm
180 cm

Laundering Your Alb


1) When you launder your alb, we suggest that you remove the fabric inserts which are underneath the lace.  Removing the fabric inserts is easy, as these are attached by snaps.
2) In washing the fabric inserts, we recommend you hand-wash these separately with a gentle detergent. Rinse well. All these to air-dry.
3) We recommend you hand-wash your alb (with the fabric inserts removed) with a gentle detergent. If you choose to wash your alb in a washing-machine, we suggest that you use the “gentle” or “delicate” cycle.
4) In washing your alb (with the colored fabric inserts removed), use a gentle detergent. If using bleach, we suggest that you use only a non-chlorine, color-safe bleach in the laundering process. Chlorine bleach may not be used.
5) In drying the alb, do not use a machine dryer. Rather, hang it up or lay it out horizontally to air-dry.
6) Before reinserting the colored fabric inserts you may iron the poly-cotton fabric of the alb (steam or dry) at a medium setting (150°C, 300°F). Spray-starch may be used if desired.
7) When you iron the lace portions of your alb, we recommend that you do not exceed a temperature of 40°C (100° F).
8) When you iron the colored fabric inserts, we recommend that you do not exceed a temperature of 40°C (100° F).
9) After washing and ironing, re-insert the colored fabric portions using the easy-to-use snaps.

Lace Alb with Red Inserts
Classic Roman style alb
Seraphic Vestments
Lightweight and "breathable" blend of cotton (55%) and polyester (45%), easy to clean and iron
Product #: Click on "Available Sizes" below to order
$655.95
Order Now
Lace Alb with Red Inserts View larger image

This classic Roman style alb is finished around the neck with a white cotton ribbon to tie at the neckline. The lace on the sleeves is 25 cm (9.8 inches) wide. At the bottom of the alb the lace is 60 cm (23.6 inches).

Measuring for your Alb


Available Sizes



125 cm
130 cm
135 cm
140 cm
145 cm
150 cm
155 cm
160 cm
165 cm
170 cm
175 cm
180 cm

Laundering Your Alb


1) When you launder your alb, we suggest that you remove the fabric inserts which are underneath the lace.  Removing the fabric inserts is easy, as these are attached by snaps.
2) In washing the fabric inserts, we recommend you hand-wash these separately with a gentle detergent. Rinse well. All these to air-dry.
3) We recommend you hand-wash your alb (with the fabric inserts removed) with a gentle detergent. If you choose to wash your alb in a washing-machine, we suggest that you use the “gentle” or “delicate” cycle.
4) In washing your alb (with the colored fabric inserts removed), use a gentle detergent. If using bleach, we suggest that you use only a non-chlorine, color-safe bleach in the laundering process. Chlorine bleach may not be used.
5) In drying the alb, do not use a machine dryer. Rather, hang it up or lay it out horizontally to air-dry.
6) Before reinserting the colored fabric inserts you may iron the poly-cotton fabric of the alb (steam or dry) at a medium setting (150°C, 300°F). Spray-starch may be used if desired.
7) When you iron the lace portions of your alb, we recommend that you do not exceed a temperature of 40°C (100° F).
8) When you iron the colored fabric inserts, we recommend that you do not exceed a temperature of 40°C (100° F).
9) After washing and ironing, re-insert the colored fabric portions using the easy-to-use snaps.

Hodie Christus Natus Est, Nicholas White
Music of Nicholas White
SATB Choir, Divisi, a capella
4 pgs., 8.5 " x 11"
Product #: SY726
$1.50 (minimum order of 4)
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Hodie Christus Natus Est is a traditional Latin text for Christmas. Nicholas White provides a memorable setting of Hodie Christus Natus Est  that your choir will enjoy singing.



TEXT TRANSLATION

Today Christ is born:
Today the Savior appears:
Today the angels sing on earth,
And the Archangels rejoice.
Today the just exult, saying:
A child is born for us and a Son is given to us:
Glory to God in the highest. Alleluia.

PREVIEW

This Christmas motet is a must for your choir this Christmastide! Get a sneak peak at the music here.

ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Nicholas White is a Grammy nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2011, Nicholas was appointed to the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire. In 2012 he became Chair of the Arts at the school. In 2013 he was appointed Music Director of The Boston Cecilia, one of America’s oldest and finest performing arts organizations.

Nicholas was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He held his first organist and choirmaster position at the age of fifteen, going on to become Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge.  Since moving to the United States in 1989, Nicholas has held various positions in churches, colleges and schools. These include Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC and St. Michael’s Church, New York City.

In 2003 Nicholas founded Tiffany Consort, an ensemble of eight accomplished singers. The group’s first CD, “O Magnum Mysterium” was nominated for a Grammy, and the second CD, “In Sure and Certain Hope: Choral Music of Nicholas White”, was released in December 2006. Both recordings are available on the MSR Classics label.

Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, DC commissioned White’s setting of Poe’s “The Raven” which was performed to great critical acclaim by The Raven Consort in 2013. Additionally, Nicholas recently completed a dramatic song cycle, “On Dreams Alone”, which has been in preparation for the last two decades. Nicholas is in high demand as a composer, receiving numerous commissions from choirs across the country. Most recently these have included The Hanson Institute for American Music (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), Lyric Fest (Philadelphia, PA), Christchurch Cathedral (Cincinnati, OH), The Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Philadelphia, PA), The Chancel Choir (Lubbock, TX), The Association of Anglican Musicians (Hartford, CT), St. John’s Cathedral (Albuquerque, NM), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Newton, MA), Dumbarton Concerts (Washington, DC), Granite State Choral Society (Rochester, NH), and Shadyside Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh, PA.)

REVIEW

“Unashamedly beautiful, Nicholas White’s choral music makes you think about the function of music and how a composer decides on the rightness of its design. White’s music never cloys. It is beautifully crafted, the manner of word-setting stemming very much from the English choral tradition… music that soothes more often than it challenges, while still stimulating the imagination as it nourishes the spirit.”

International Record Review ~ June 2007

Faith, Hope, Love, Nicholas White
Music of Nicholas White
SATB Choir, Divisi, with Organ
8 pgs., 8.5" x 11"
Product #: SY725
$1.90 (minimum order of 4)
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Nicholas White provides us a pensive and thought-provoking setting of this text from St. Paul about faith, hope, and love—the three theological virtues—which Christians receive through Baptism and which allow us to share in God’s nature.

By faith, we believe in God, in all that he has revealed, and in all that the Church proposes for our belief. Faith leads to a total committal. “The righteous shall live by faith” (Rom 1:17). By hope, we seek heaven, place our trust in Christ’s promises, and rely on the Holy Spirit. Through the Spirit, we have “become heirs in hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:6-7). Into everyone’s heart, God has placed a search for happiness. Hope responds to this desire. It sustains man, frees him from discouragement, preserves him from selfishness, and leads to happiness on earth and in heaven. Jesus loved us “to the end” (Jn 13:1). He told his disciples to “love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 15:9, 12). Love (caritas) keeps the commandments of God and of Christ, “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love” (Jn 15:9-10).

PREVIEW

Get a sneak peak at the music here.

ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Nicholas White is a Grammy nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2011, Nicholas was appointed to the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire. In 2012 he became Chair of the Arts at the school. In 2013 he was appointed Music Director of The Boston Cecilia, one of America’s oldest and finest performing arts organizations.

Nicholas was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He held his first organist and choirmaster position at the age of fifteen, going on to become Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge.  Since moving to the United States in 1989, Nicholas has held various positions in churches, colleges and schools. These include Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC and St. Michael’s Church, New York City.

In 2003 Nicholas founded Tiffany Consort, an ensemble of eight accomplished singers. The group’s first CD, “O Magnum Mysterium” was nominated for a Grammy, and the second CD, “In Sure and Certain Hope: Choral Music of Nicholas White”, was released in December 2006. Both recordings are available on the MSR Classics label.

Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, DC commissioned White’s setting of Poe’s “The Raven” which was performed to great critical acclaim by The Raven Consort in 2013. Additionally, Nicholas recently completed a dramatic song cycle, “On Dreams Alone”, which has been in preparation for the last two decades. Nicholas is in high demand as a composer, receiving numerous commissions from choirs across the country. Most recently these have included The Hanson Institute for American Music (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), Lyric Fest (Philadelphia, PA), Christchurch Cathedral (Cincinnati, OH), The Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Philadelphia, PA), The Chancel Choir (Lubbock, TX), The Association of Anglican Musicians (Hartford, CT), St. John’s Cathedral (Albuquerque, NM), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Newton, MA), Dumbarton Concerts (Washington, DC), Granite State Choral Society (Rochester, NH), and Shadyside Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh, PA.)

REVIEW

“Unashamedly beautiful, Nicholas White’s choral music makes you think about the function of music and how a composer decides on the rightness of its design. White’s music never cloys. It is beautifully crafted, the manner of word-setting stemming very much from the English choral tradition… music that soothes more often than it challenges, while still stimulating the imagination as it nourishes the spirit.”

International Record Review ~ June 2007

The Rainbow Rose, Nicholas White
Music of Nicholas White
8 pgs., 8.5" x 11"
Product #: SY717
$1.90 (minimum order of 4)
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Choirs will enjoy singing Nicholas White’s setting of Emily Dickinson’s famous poem, The Rainbow Rose, for SATB choir and keyboard.

TEXT

On this long storm the Rainbow rose
On this late Morn—the Sun
The clouds—like listless Elephants
Horizons—straggled down

The Birds rose smiling, in their nests
The gales—indeed—were done
Alas, how heedless were the eyes
On whom the summer shone!

The quiet nonchalance of death
No Daybreak—can bestir
The slow—Archangel’s syllables
Must awaken her!

-Emily Dickinson

UNDERSTANDING THE TEXT

Emily Dickinson’s poem recalls that emblem of God’s covenant with Noah after the flood—the rainbow (Genesis 9:13). In “The Rainbow Rose” the parting gesture of the storm, a lovely rainbow, welcomes the morning sun. The day promises to be peaceful, unlike the storm the night before. The world is bathed in sun, bird song is heard from the newly-wakened birds, and big puffy clouds are slowly disappearing down the horizon as the sky clears. But the poem describes a woman who has died, perhaps during the storm, who is “heedless” now to the beauties of this clear summer day. No “Daybreak” can rouse her from her grave. It will take the Archangel Saint Michael, the Archangel of Resurrection who weighs souls, to finally wake her up. The poet reminds us that for the Christian who dies in the grace of God, death is not a tragedy. Yes, it’s sad that the woman can’t see the new day and its beauties. But she is in a state of “quiet nonchalance” – as she awaits to see the face of God and her glorious resurrection day.

PREVIEW

Get a sneak peak at the music here.

ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Nicholas White is a Grammy nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2011, Nicholas was appointed to the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire. In 2012 he became Chair of the Arts at the school. In 2013 he was appointed Music Director of The Boston Cecilia, one of America’s oldest and finest performing arts organizations.

Nicholas was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He held his first organist and choirmaster position at the age of fifteen, going on to become Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge.  Since moving to the United States in 1989, Nicholas has held various positions in churches, colleges and schools. These include Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC and St. Michael’s Church, New York City.

In 2003 Nicholas founded Tiffany Consort, an ensemble of eight accomplished singers. The group’s first CD, “O Magnum Mysterium” was nominated for a Grammy, and the second CD, “In Sure and Certain Hope: Choral Music of Nicholas White”, was released in December 2006. Both recordings are available on the MSR Classics label.

Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, DC commissioned White’s setting of Poe’s “The Raven” which was performed to great critical acclaim by The Raven Consort in 2013. Additionally, Nicholas recently completed a dramatic song cycle, “On Dreams Alone”, which has been in preparation for the last two decades. Nicholas is in high demand as a composer, receiving numerous commissions from choirs across the country. Most recently these have included The Hanson Institute for American Music (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), Lyric Fest (Philadelphia, PA), Christchurch Cathedral (Cincinnati, OH), The Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Philadelphia, PA), The Chancel Choir (Lubbock, TX), The Association of Anglican Musicians (Hartford, CT), St. John’s Cathedral (Albuquerque, NM), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Newton, MA), Dumbarton Concerts (Washington, DC), Granite State Choral Society (Rochester, NH), and Shadyside Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh, PA.)

REVIEW

“Unashamedly beautiful, Nicholas White’s choral music makes you think about the function of music and how a composer decides on the rightness of its design. White’s music never cloys. It is beautifully crafted, the manner of word-setting stemming very much from the English choral tradition… music that soothes more often than it challenges, while still stimulating the imagination as it nourishes the spirit.”

International Record Review ~ June 2007

When the Saints Go Marchin’ In, Nicholas White
Music of Nicholas White
12 pgs., 8.5" x 11"
Product #: SY722
$2.35 (minimum order of 4)
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This arrangement of When the Saints Go Marchin’ In by Nicholas White is a crowd-pleaser and fun to sing for special concerts or choral programs. The arrangement can be performed using the choral score (with keyboard accompaniment). We also offer optional instrumental parts for clarinet, bass, and drums; these spice up the arrangement further. When using the instrumental parts with the choral score we offer a Conductor Score as well.

TEXT

When the Saints Go Marchin’ In is a song that speaks of redemption and salvation and recalls the joy of the saints as they enter the gates of the Holy City, the new and eternal Jerusalem. “Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life and may enter in through the gates into the city.” - Revelation 22:14

SCORES AVAILABLE

Click here to order the Choral Score
Click here to order the Conductor Score
Click here to order the Instrumental Parts

TEXT

Seeing the star, the wise men were overwhelmed with great joy;
and entering the dwelling, they offered to the Lord gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

PREVIEW

Get a sneak peak at the music of the Choral Score of When the Saints Go Marchin’ In by clicking here.

ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Nicholas White is a Grammy nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2011, Nicholas was appointed to the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire. In 2012 he became Chair of the Arts at the school. In 2013 he was appointed Music Director of The Boston Cecilia, one of America’s oldest and finest performing arts organizations.

Nicholas was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He held his first organist and choirmaster position at the age of fifteen, going on to become Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge.  Since moving to the United States in 1989, Nicholas has held various positions in churches, colleges and schools. These include Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC and St. Michael’s Church, New York City.

In 2003 Nicholas founded Tiffany Consort, an ensemble of eight accomplished singers. The group’s first CD, “O Magnum Mysterium” was nominated for a Grammy, and the second CD, “In Sure and Certain Hope: Choral Music of Nicholas White”, was released in December 2006. Both recordings are available on the MSR Classics label.

Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, DC commissioned White’s setting of Poe’s “The Raven” which was performed to great critical acclaim by The Raven Consort in 2013. Additionally, Nicholas recently completed a dramatic song cycle, “On Dreams Alone”, which has been in preparation for the last two decades. Nicholas is in high demand as a composer, receiving numerous commissions from choirs across the country. Most recently these have included The Hanson Institute for American Music (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), Lyric Fest (Philadelphia, PA), Christchurch Cathedral (Cincinnati, OH), The Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Philadelphia, PA), The Chancel Choir (Lubbock, TX), The Association of Anglican Musicians (Hartford, CT), St. John’s Cathedral (Albuquerque, NM), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Newton, MA), Dumbarton Concerts (Washington, DC), Granite State Choral Society (Rochester, NH), and Shadyside Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh, PA.)

REVIEW

“Unashamedly beautiful, Nicholas White’s choral music makes you think about the function of music and how a composer decides on the rightness of its design. White’s music never cloys. It is beautifully crafted, the manner of word-setting stemming very much from the English choral tradition… music that soothes more often than it challenges, while still stimulating the imagination as it nourishes the spirit.”

International Record Review ~ June 2007

Videntes Stellam, Nicholas White
Music of Nicholas White
4 pgs., 8.5" x 11"
Product #: SY721
$1.25 (minimum order of 4)
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Nicholas White’s new motet, Videntes Stellam, for Christmas/Epiphany, is a warm, luscious, and evocative setting of this traditional Latin text.

TEXT

Seeing the star, the wise men were overwhelmed with great joy;
and entering the dwelling, they offered to the Lord gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

PREVIEW

Get a sneak peak at the music of the Choral Score of here.

ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Nicholas White is a Grammy nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2011, Nicholas was appointed to the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire. In 2012 he became Chair of the Arts at the school. In 2013 he was appointed Music Director of The Boston Cecilia, one of America’s oldest and finest performing arts organizations.

Nicholas was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He held his first organist and choirmaster position at the age of fifteen, going on to become Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge.  Since moving to the United States in 1989, Nicholas has held various positions in churches, colleges and schools. These include Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC and St. Michael’s Church, New York City.

In 2003 Nicholas founded Tiffany Consort, an ensemble of eight accomplished singers. The group’s first CD, “O Magnum Mysterium” was nominated for a Grammy, and the second CD, “In Sure and Certain Hope: Choral Music of Nicholas White”, was released in December 2006. Both recordings are available on the MSR Classics label.

Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, DC commissioned White’s setting of Poe’s “The Raven” which was performed to great critical acclaim by The Raven Consort in 2013. Additionally, Nicholas recently completed a dramatic song cycle, “On Dreams Alone”, which has been in preparation for the last two decades. Nicholas is in high demand as a composer, receiving numerous commissions from choirs across the country. Most recently these have included The Hanson Institute for American Music (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), Lyric Fest (Philadelphia, PA), Christchurch Cathedral (Cincinnati, OH), The Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Philadelphia, PA), The Chancel Choir (Lubbock, TX), The Association of Anglican Musicians (Hartford, CT), St. John’s Cathedral (Albuquerque, NM), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Newton, MA), Dumbarton Concerts (Washington, DC), Granite State Choral Society (Rochester, NH), and Shadyside Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh, PA.)

REVIEW

“Unashamedly beautiful, Nicholas White’s choral music makes you think about the function of music and how a composer decides on the rightness of its design. White’s music never cloys. It is beautifully crafted, the manner of word-setting stemming very much from the English choral tradition… music that soothes more often than it challenges, while still stimulating the imagination as it nourishes the spirit.”

International Record Review ~ June 2007

They Cast Their Nets, Nicholas White
Music of Nicholas White
8 pgs., 8.5" x 11" (choral score)
Product #: SY718
$1.90 (minimum order of 4)
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Nicholas White’s new anthem, They Cast Their Nets, is scored for SATB (with divisi), oboe, violin, viola, cello, and keyboard and features two short solos for Baritone and Soprano.

SCORES AVAILABLE
Click here to order the Choral Score
Click here to order the Conductor Score
Click here to order the Instrumental Parts

TEXT

This anthem is based on Ephesians 2:14, Philippians 4:6-7, and Colossians 3:15.

They cast their nets in Galilee
just off the hills of brown;
such happy, simple fisherfolk,
before the Lord came down.

Contented, peaceful fishermen,
before they ever knew
the peace of God that filled their hearts
brimful, and broke them too.

Young John who trimmed the flapping sail,
homeless in Patmos died,
Peter, who hauled the teeming net,
head-down was crucified.

The peace of God, it is no peace,
but strife closed in the sod,
Yet let us pray for but one thing—
the marvelous peace of God.

PREVIEW

Get a sneak peak at the music of the Choral Score of They Cast Their Nets here.

ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Nicholas White is a Grammy nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2011, Nicholas was appointed to the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire. In 2012 he became Chair of the Arts at the school. In 2013 he was appointed Music Director of The Boston Cecilia, one of America’s oldest and finest performing arts organizations.

Nicholas was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He held his first organist and choirmaster position at the age of fifteen, going on to become Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge.  Since moving to the United States in 1989, Nicholas has held various positions in churches, colleges and schools. These include Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC and St. Michael’s Church, New York City.

In 2003 Nicholas founded Tiffany Consort, an ensemble of eight accomplished singers. The group’s first CD, “O Magnum Mysterium” was nominated for a Grammy, and the second CD, “In Sure and Certain Hope: Choral Music of Nicholas White”, was released in December 2006. Both recordings are available on the MSR Classics label.

Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, DC commissioned White’s setting of Poe’s “The Raven” which was performed to great critical acclaim by The Raven Consort in 2013. Additionally, Nicholas recently completed a dramatic song cycle, “On Dreams Alone”, which has been in preparation for the last two decades. Nicholas is in high demand as a composer, receiving numerous commissions from choirs across the country. Most recently these have included The Hanson Institute for American Music (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), Lyric Fest (Philadelphia, PA), Christchurch Cathedral (Cincinnati, OH), The Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Philadelphia, PA), The Chancel Choir (Lubbock, TX), The Association of Anglican Musicians (Hartford, CT), St. John’s Cathedral (Albuquerque, NM), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Newton, MA), Dumbarton Concerts (Washington, DC), Granite State Choral Society (Rochester, NH), and Shadyside Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh, PA.)

REVIEW

“Unashamedly beautiful, Nicholas White’s choral music makes you think about the function of music and how a composer decides on the rightness of its design. White’s music never cloys. It is beautifully crafted, the manner of word-setting stemming very much from the English choral tradition… music that soothes more often than it challenges, while still stimulating the imagination as it nourishes the spirit.”

International Record Review ~ June 2007

Holy Spirit, Nicholas White
Organ and SATB Choir
Music of Nicholas White
8 pgs., 8.5" x 11"
Product #: SY712
$1.90 (minimum order of 4)
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Nicholas White’s new anthem for SATB choir and organ, Holy Spirit, is a compelling and energetic setting of the traditional Latin hymn Veni Creator Spiritus.

TEXT

This anthem is perfect for Pentecost (Whitsunday), Confirmation, Ordination, and other occasions when the Holy Spirit is invoked.

PREVIEW



Get a sneak peak at the music here.

ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Nicholas White is a Grammy nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2011, Nicholas was appointed to the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire. In 2012 he became Chair of the Arts at the school. In 2013 he was appointed Music Director of The Boston Cecilia, one of America’s oldest and finest performing arts organizations.

Nicholas was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He held his first organist and choirmaster position at the age of fifteen, going on to become Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge.  Since moving to the United States in 1989, Nicholas has held various positions in churches, colleges and schools. These include Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC and St. Michael’s Church, New York City.

In 2003 Nicholas founded Tiffany Consort, an ensemble of eight accomplished singers. The group’s first CD, “O Magnum Mysterium” was nominated for a Grammy, and the second CD, “In Sure and Certain Hope: Choral Music of Nicholas White”, was released in December 2006. Both recordings are available on the MSR Classics label.

Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, DC commissioned White’s setting of Poe’s “The Raven” which was performed to great critical acclaim by The Raven Consort in 2013. Additionally, Nicholas recently completed a dramatic song cycle, “On Dreams Alone”, which has been in preparation for the last two decades. Nicholas is in high demand as a composer, receiving numerous commissions from choirs across the country. Most recently these have included The Hanson Institute for American Music (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), Lyric Fest (Philadelphia, PA), Christchurch Cathedral (Cincinnati, OH), The Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Philadelphia, PA), The Chancel Choir (Lubbock, TX), The Association of Anglican Musicians (Hartford, CT), St. John’s Cathedral (Albuquerque, NM), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Newton, MA), Dumbarton Concerts (Washington, DC), Granite State Choral Society (Rochester, NH), and Shadyside Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh, PA.)

REVIEW

“Unashamedly beautiful, Nicholas White’s choral music makes you think about the function of music and how a composer decides on the rightness of its design. White’s music never cloys. It is beautifully crafted, the manner of word-setting stemming very much from the English choral tradition… music that soothes more often than it challenges, while still stimulating the imagination as it nourishes the spirit.”

International Record Review ~ June 2007

His Unresisting Love, Nicholas White
SATB Chorus with Divisi, a capella Soprano and Tenor Solos
Music of Nicholas White
8 pgs., 8.5" x 11"
Product #: SY711
$1.90 (minimum order of 4)
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Choirs will enjoy this new Christmas anthem from Nicholas White.

TEXT

Many of our favorite English Christmas carols (e.g., Angels We Have Heard On High) intermingle familiar Latin phrases with English text. His Unresisting Love,follows this same tradition.

PREVIEW

Get a sneak peak at the music here.

ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Nicholas White is a Grammy nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2011, Nicholas was appointed to the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire. In 2012 he became Chair of the Arts at the school. In 2013 he was appointed Music Director of The Boston Cecilia, one of America’s oldest and finest performing arts organizations.

Nicholas was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He held his first organist and choirmaster position at the age of fifteen, going on to become Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge.  Since moving to the United States in 1989, Nicholas has held various positions in churches, colleges and schools. These include Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC and St. Michael’s Church, New York City.

In 2003 Nicholas founded Tiffany Consort, an ensemble of eight accomplished singers. The group’s first CD, “O Magnum Mysterium” was nominated for a Grammy, and the second CD, “In Sure and Certain Hope: Choral Music of Nicholas White”, was released in December 2006. Both recordings are available on the MSR Classics label.

Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, DC commissioned White’s setting of Poe’s “The Raven” which was performed to great critical acclaim by The Raven Consort in 2013. Additionally, Nicholas recently completed a dramatic song cycle, “On Dreams Alone”, which has been in preparation for the last two decades. Nicholas is in high demand as a composer, receiving numerous commissions from choirs across the country. Most recently these have included The Hanson Institute for American Music (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), Lyric Fest (Philadelphia, PA), Christchurch Cathedral (Cincinnati, OH), The Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Philadelphia, PA), The Chancel Choir (Lubbock, TX), The Association of Anglican Musicians (Hartford, CT), St. John’s Cathedral (Albuquerque, NM), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Newton, MA), Dumbarton Concerts (Washington, DC), Granite State Choral Society (Rochester, NH), and Shadyside Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh, PA.)

REVIEW

“Unashamedly beautiful, Nicholas White’s choral music makes you think about the function of music and how a composer decides on the rightness of its design. White’s music never cloys. It is beautifully crafted, the manner of word-setting stemming very much from the English choral tradition… music that soothes more often than it challenges, while still stimulating the imagination as it nourishes the spirit.”

International Record Review ~ June 2007

God’s Dream, Nicholas White
SATB a capella with divisi
Music of Nicholas White
8 pgs., 8.5" x 11"
Product #: SY710
$1.90 (minimum order of 4)
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The serious choral scholar will enjoy the challenge of this new anthem of Nicholas White—God’s Dream.

PREVIEW

Get a sneak peak at the music here.

ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Nicholas White is a Grammy nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2011, Nicholas was appointed to the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire. In 2012 he became Chair of the Arts at the school. In 2013 he was appointed Music Director of The Boston Cecilia, one of America’s oldest and finest performing arts organizations.

Nicholas was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He held his first organist and choirmaster position at the age of fifteen, going on to become Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge.  Since moving to the United States in 1989, Nicholas has held various positions in churches, colleges and schools. These include Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC and St. Michael’s Church, New York City.

In 2003 Nicholas founded Tiffany Consort, an ensemble of eight accomplished singers. The group’s first CD, “O Magnum Mysterium” was nominated for a Grammy, and the second CD, “In Sure and Certain Hope: Choral Music of Nicholas White”, was released in December 2006. Both recordings are available on the MSR Classics label.

Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, DC commissioned White’s setting of Poe’s “The Raven” which was performed to great critical acclaim by The Raven Consort in 2013. Additionally, Nicholas recently completed a dramatic song cycle, “On Dreams Alone”, which has been in preparation for the last two decades. Nicholas is in high demand as a composer, receiving numerous commissions from choirs across the country. Most recently these have included The Hanson Institute for American Music (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), Lyric Fest (Philadelphia, PA), Christchurch Cathedral (Cincinnati, OH), The Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Philadelphia, PA), The Chancel Choir (Lubbock, TX), The Association of Anglican Musicians (Hartford, CT), St. John’s Cathedral (Albuquerque, NM), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Newton, MA), Dumbarton Concerts (Washington, DC), Granite State Choral Society (Rochester, NH), and Shadyside Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh, PA.)

REVIEW

“Unashamedly beautiful, Nicholas White’s choral music makes you think about the function of music and how a composer decides on the rightness of its design. White’s music never cloys. It is beautifully crafted, the manner of word-setting stemming very much from the English choral tradition… music that soothes more often than it challenges, while still stimulating the imagination as it nourishes the spirit.”

International Record Review ~ June 2007

May God Be Merciful To Us And Bless Us, Nicholas White
SATB Choir, Divisi, with Organ
Music of Nicholas White
8 pgs., 8.5" x 11"
Product #: SY716
$1.90 (minimum order of 4)
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Nicholas White sets this text from Psalm 67 for SATB (divisi) and Organ in a fresh and exciting way. This electrifying setting of May God be merciful to us and bless us is appropriate for any festival Sunday or occasion of praise! This Psalm text is also used frequently at weddings.



TEXT

May God be merciful to us and bless us,
show the light of his countenance and come to us.
Let your ways be known upon earth,
your saving health among the nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you judge the peoples with equity
and guide all the nations upon earth.
The earth has brought forth her increase;
may God, our own God, give us his blessing,
and may all the ends of the earth stand in awe of him.

-Psalm 67

PREVIEW

Get a sneak peak at the music here.

ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Nicholas White is a Grammy nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2011, Nicholas was appointed to the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire. In 2012 he became Chair of the Arts at the school. In 2013 he was appointed Music Director of The Boston Cecilia, one of America’s oldest and finest performing arts organizations.

Nicholas was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He held his first organist and choirmaster position at the age of fifteen, going on to become Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge.  Since moving to the United States in 1989, Nicholas has held various positions in churches, colleges and schools. These include Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC and St. Michael’s Church, New York City.

In 2003 Nicholas founded Tiffany Consort, an ensemble of eight accomplished singers. The group’s first CD, “O Magnum Mysterium” was nominated for a Grammy, and the second CD, “In Sure and Certain Hope: Choral Music of Nicholas White”, was released in December 2006. Both recordings are available on the MSR Classics label.

Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, DC commissioned White’s setting of Poe’s “The Raven” which was performed to great critical acclaim by The Raven Consort in 2013. Additionally, Nicholas recently completed a dramatic song cycle, “On Dreams Alone”, which has been in preparation for the last two decades. Nicholas is in high demand as a composer, receiving numerous commissions from choirs across the country. Most recently these have included The Hanson Institute for American Music (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), Lyric Fest (Philadelphia, PA), Christchurch Cathedral (Cincinnati, OH), The Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Philadelphia, PA), The Chancel Choir (Lubbock, TX), The Association of Anglican Musicians (Hartford, CT), St. John’s Cathedral (Albuquerque, NM), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Newton, MA), Dumbarton Concerts (Washington, DC), Granite State Choral Society (Rochester, NH), and Shadyside Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh, PA.)

REVIEW

“Unashamedly beautiful, Nicholas White’s choral music makes you think about the function of music and how a composer decides on the rightness of its design. White’s music never cloys. It is beautifully crafted, the manner of word-setting stemming very much from the English choral tradition… music that soothes more often than it challenges, while still stimulating the imagination as it nourishes the spirit.”

International Record Review ~ June 2007

Clap Your Hands, All Ye Peoples, Nicholas White
SATB Choir, Divisi, with Sop. Semichorus, and Organ
Music of Nicholas White
8 pgs., 8.5" x 11"
Product #: SY708
$1.90 (minimum order of 4)
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Clap Your Hands, All Ye Peoples, by composer Nicholas White, is a festive Psalm setting for choir and organ.

TEXT

The words of Psalm 47:1-6 come to life with the rhythmic drive of this musical setting.

PREVIEW

Get a sneak peak at the music here.

ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Nicholas White is a Grammy nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2011, Nicholas was appointed to the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire. In 2012 he became Chair of the Arts at the school. In 2013 he was appointed Music Director of The Boston Cecilia, one of America’s oldest and finest performing arts organizations.

Nicholas was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He held his first organist and choirmaster position at the age of fifteen, going on to become Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge.  Since moving to the United States in 1989, Nicholas has held various positions in churches, colleges and schools. These include Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC and St. Michael’s Church, New York City.

In 2003 Nicholas founded Tiffany Consort, an ensemble of eight accomplished singers. The group’s first CD, “O Magnum Mysterium” was nominated for a Grammy, and the second CD, “In Sure and Certain Hope: Choral Music of Nicholas White”, was released in December 2006. Both recordings are available on the MSR Classics label.

Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, DC commissioned White’s setting of Poe’s “The Raven” which was performed to great critical acclaim by The Raven Consort in 2013. Additionally, Nicholas recently completed a dramatic song cycle, “On Dreams Alone”, which has been in preparation for the last two decades. Nicholas is in high demand as a composer, receiving numerous commissions from choirs across the country. Most recently these have included The Hanson Institute for American Music (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), Lyric Fest (Philadelphia, PA), Christchurch Cathedral (Cincinnati, OH), The Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Philadelphia, PA), The Chancel Choir (Lubbock, TX), The Association of Anglican Musicians (Hartford, CT), St. John’s Cathedral (Albuquerque, NM), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Newton, MA), Dumbarton Concerts (Washington, DC), Granite State Choral Society (Rochester, NH), and Shadyside Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh, PA.)

REVIEW

“Unashamedly beautiful, Nicholas White’s choral music makes you think about the function of music and how a composer decides on the rightness of its design. White’s music never cloys. It is beautifully crafted, the manner of word-setting stemming very much from the English choral tradition… music that soothes more often than it challenges, while still stimulating the imagination as it nourishes the spirit.”

International Record Review ~ June 2007

For Every Storm a Rainbow, Nicholas White
SATB Choir, Divisi, Soloists, and Organ
Music of Nicholas White
8 pgs., 8.5" x 11"
Product #: SY709
$1.90 (minimum order of 4)
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Nicholas White reveals himself as the master of melody in this choral and organ setting of the traditional Irish prayer, For Every Storm a Rainbow. Choirs will enjoy adding this music to their repertoire.

TEXT

The text is a Traditional Irish Blessing.

For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.

PREVIEW

Get a sneak peak at the music here.

ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Nicholas White is a Grammy nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2011, Nicholas was appointed to the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire. In 2012 he became Chair of the Arts at the school. In 2013 he was appointed Music Director of The Boston Cecilia, one of America’s oldest and finest performing arts organizations.

Nicholas was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He held his first organist and choirmaster position at the age of fifteen, going on to become Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge.  Since moving to the United States in 1989, Nicholas has held various positions in churches, colleges and schools. These include Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC and St. Michael’s Church, New York City.

In 2003 Nicholas founded Tiffany Consort, an ensemble of eight accomplished singers. The group’s first CD, “O Magnum Mysterium” was nominated for a Grammy, and the second CD, “In Sure and Certain Hope: Choral Music of Nicholas White”, was released in December 2006. Both recordings are available on the MSR Classics label.

Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, DC commissioned White’s setting of Poe’s “The Raven” which was performed to great critical acclaim by The Raven Consort in 2013. Additionally, Nicholas recently completed a dramatic song cycle, “On Dreams Alone”, which has been in preparation for the last two decades. Nicholas is in high demand as a composer, receiving numerous commissions from choirs across the country. Most recently these have included The Hanson Institute for American Music (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), Lyric Fest (Philadelphia, PA), Christchurch Cathedral (Cincinnati, OH), The Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Philadelphia, PA), The Chancel Choir (Lubbock, TX), The Association of Anglican Musicians (Hartford, CT), St. John’s Cathedral (Albuquerque, NM), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Newton, MA), Dumbarton Concerts (Washington, DC), Granite State Choral Society (Rochester, NH), and Shadyside Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh, PA.)

REVIEW

“Unashamedly beautiful, Nicholas White’s choral music makes you think about the function of music and how a composer decides on the rightness of its design. White’s music never cloys. It is beautifully crafted, the manner of word-setting stemming very much from the English choral tradition… music that soothes more often than it challenges, while still stimulating the imagination as it nourishes the spirit.”

International Record Review ~ June 2007

An Irish Blessing, Nicholas White
SATB Choir with keyboard
Music of Nicholas White
4 pgs., 8.5 " x 11"
Product #: SY707
$1.50 (minimum order of 4)
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Nicholas White sets this beloved prayer, a Traditional Irish Blessing, to music that will warm your soul.

TEXT

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

PREVIEW

The music can be sung by SATB choir with keyboard, or it may be sung in unison. Get a sneak peak at the music here.

ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Nicholas White is a Grammy nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2011, Nicholas was appointed to the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire. In 2012 he became Chair of the Arts at the school. In 2013 he was appointed Music Director of The Boston Cecilia, one of America’s oldest and finest performing arts organizations.

Nicholas was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He held his first organist and choirmaster position at the age of fifteen, going on to become Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge.  Since moving to the United States in 1989, Nicholas has held various positions in churches, colleges and schools. These include Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC and St. Michael’s Church, New York City.

In 2003 Nicholas founded Tiffany Consort, an ensemble of eight accomplished singers. The group’s first CD, “O Magnum Mysterium” was nominated for a Grammy, and the second CD, “In Sure and Certain Hope: Choral Music of Nicholas White”, was released in December 2006. Both recordings are available on the MSR Classics label.

Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, DC commissioned White’s setting of Poe’s “The Raven” which was performed to great critical acclaim by The Raven Consort in 2013. Additionally, Nicholas recently completed a dramatic song cycle, “On Dreams Alone”, which has been in preparation for the last two decades. Nicholas is in high demand as a composer, receiving numerous commissions from choirs across the country. Most recently these have included The Hanson Institute for American Music (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), Lyric Fest (Philadelphia, PA), Christchurch Cathedral (Cincinnati, OH), The Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Philadelphia, PA), The Chancel Choir (Lubbock, TX), The Association of Anglican Musicians (Hartford, CT), St. John’s Cathedral (Albuquerque, NM), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Newton, MA), Dumbarton Concerts (Washington, DC), Granite State Choral Society (Rochester, NH), and Shadyside Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh, PA.)

REVIEW

“Unashamedly beautiful, Nicholas White’s choral music makes you think about the function of music and how a composer decides on the rightness of its design. White’s music never cloys. It is beautifully crafted, the manner of word-setting stemming very much from the English choral tradition… music that soothes more often than it challenges, while still stimulating the imagination as it nourishes the spirit.”

International Record Review ~ June 2007

Lent Prose, Nicholas White
Lenten Anthem
Music of Nicholas White
4 pgs., 8.5" x 11"
Product #: SY713
$1.50 (minimum order of 4)
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Nicholas White provides choirs elegant simplicity and meditative wonder with this English anthem for Lent based on the ancient Lenten chant Attende Domine et miserere.

PREVIEW

Get a sneak peak at the music here.

ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Nicholas White is a Grammy nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2011, Nicholas was appointed to the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire. In 2012 he became Chair of the Arts at the school. In 2013 he was appointed Music Director of The Boston Cecilia, one of America’s oldest and finest performing arts organizations.

Nicholas was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He held his first organist and choirmaster position at the age of fifteen, going on to become Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge.  Since moving to the United States in 1989, Nicholas has held various positions in churches, colleges and schools. These include Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC and St. Michael’s Church, New York City.

In 2003 Nicholas founded Tiffany Consort, an ensemble of eight accomplished singers. The group’s first CD, “O Magnum Mysterium” was nominated for a Grammy, and the second CD, “In Sure and Certain Hope: Choral Music of Nicholas White”, was released in December 2006. Both recordings are available on the MSR Classics label.

Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, DC commissioned White’s setting of Poe’s “The Raven” which was performed to great critical acclaim by The Raven Consort in 2013. Additionally, Nicholas recently completed a dramatic song cycle, “On Dreams Alone”, which has been in preparation for the last two decades. Nicholas is in high demand as a composer, receiving numerous commissions from choirs across the country. Most recently these have included The Hanson Institute for American Music (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), Lyric Fest (Philadelphia, PA), Christchurch Cathedral (Cincinnati, OH), The Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Philadelphia, PA), The Chancel Choir (Lubbock, TX), The Association of Anglican Musicians (Hartford, CT), St. John’s Cathedral (Albuquerque, NM), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Newton, MA), Dumbarton Concerts (Washington, DC), Granite State Choral Society (Rochester, NH), and Shadyside Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh, PA.)

REVIEW

“Unashamedly beautiful, Nicholas White’s choral music makes you think about the function of music and how a composer decides on the rightness of its design. White’s music never cloys. It is beautifully crafted, the manner of word-setting stemming very much from the English choral tradition… music that soothes more often than it challenges, while still stimulating the imagination as it nourishes the spirit.”

International Record Review ~ June 2007

Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis for Treble Voices
Canticle of Mary & Canticle of Simeon
Music of Nicholas White
12 pgs., 8.5" x 11"
Product #: SY714
$2.35 (minimum order of 4)
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Nicholas White knows how to write beautiful liturgical music. Here is the proof!

This setting of the Magnificat (Canticle of Mary) & Nunc Dimittis (Canticle of Simeon) is a favourite for treble choirs.

SCORES AVAILABLE


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DEDICATION

Dedicated to Dr. Douglas Major and the esteemed Boys Choir of Washington National Cathedral, this music was written when Dr. Major, Organist/Choirmaster and Mr. Nicholas White, Assistant Organist/Choirmaster, governed the prestigious choir of Washington National Cathedral.

LISTEN HERE

The melodies touch the heart and soar to heaven. Just listen…



Make sure you add this great composition to your choir’s repertoire.


PREVIEW

Get a sneak peak at the music here.

ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Nicholas White is a Grammy nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2011, Nicholas was appointed to the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire. In 2012 he became Chair of the Arts at the school. In 2013 he was appointed Music Director of The Boston Cecilia, one of America’s oldest and finest performing arts organizations.

Nicholas was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He held his first organist and choirmaster position at the age of fifteen, going on to become Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge.  Since moving to the United States in 1989, Nicholas has held various positions in churches, colleges and schools. These include Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC and St. Michael’s Church, New York City.

In 2003 Nicholas founded Tiffany Consort, an ensemble of eight accomplished singers. The group’s first CD, “O Magnum Mysterium” was nominated for a Grammy, and the second CD, “In Sure and Certain Hope: Choral Music of Nicholas White”, was released in December 2006. Both recordings are available on the MSR Classics label.

Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, DC commissioned White’s setting of Poe’s “The Raven” which was performed to great critical acclaim by The Raven Consort in 2013. Additionally, Nicholas recently completed a dramatic song cycle, “On Dreams Alone”, which has been in preparation for the last two decades. Nicholas is in high demand as a composer, receiving numerous commissions from choirs across the country. Most recently these have included The Hanson Institute for American Music (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), Lyric Fest (Philadelphia, PA), Christchurch Cathedral (Cincinnati, OH), The Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Philadelphia, PA), The Chancel Choir (Lubbock, TX), The Association of Anglican Musicians (Hartford, CT), St. John’s Cathedral (Albuquerque, NM), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Newton, MA), Dumbarton Concerts (Washington, DC), Granite State Choral Society (Rochester, NH), and Shadyside Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh, PA.)

REVIEW

“Unashamedly beautiful, Nicholas White’s choral music makes you think about the function of music and how a composer decides on the rightness of its design. White’s music never cloys. It is beautifully crafted, the manner of word-setting stemming very much from the English choral tradition… music that soothes more often than it challenges, while still stimulating the imagination as it nourishes the spirit.”

International Record Review ~ June 2007

Mass Card - Mother’s Day Triduum of Masses
Mass Card for Mother's Day
Canons Regular of St. John Cantius
Full Color
Product #: SY001
$3.00
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Each year, for Mother’s Day, the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius in Chicago offer three Latin Masses (1962 Missale Romanum) for all those enrolled in our Mother’s Day Triduum of Masses.

After purchasing this Mass Card for the Mother’s Day Triduum you will be sent our Mother’s Day card with a matching envelope.

You will also receive a Reply Envelope on which you will write down all of your intentions for these three Masses and in which you will send us your tax-deductible contribution for offering these three Masses. You must complete the reply envelope and return it to us

Reply Envelope

Treasury of the Church: Gregorian Chant
4 DVD's. Now you can learn to read & sing Gregorian Chant.
Fr. Eduard Perrone
13 episodes on 4 DVDs.
Product #: SY706
$50.00
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Available Products

1) DVDs: Treasury of the Church: Gregorian Chant (DVD series)
2) Book: Chants of the Church (Book used in conjunction with the series)
3) DVDs & Book: Treasury of the Church & Chants of the Church (DVD series and Book combo offer)

The esteemed church musician, Fr. Eduard Perrone, Pastor of Detroit’s Assumption Grotto Parish, guides us through an introduction to Gregorian Chant. The 13 episode series is available to you in this 4 DVD set.

To get a taste of what you get in the 13 episodes, enjoy episode 1 here:


Fr. Perrone explains here the basics of Gregorian Chant:


EPISODES:
1. Chant Technique
2. Rhythm, Notes and Latin Pronunciation
3. Rhythm
4. The Authentic Modes
5. The Plagal Modes
6. Rhythm: Part II
7. Ictus Point and Counting
8. Proper Conducting
9. Notation and Rhythm
10. Chanting Basics
11. Syllabic Chant
12. Psalm Tones
13. Salve Regina

Fr. Eduard Perrone

Ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit in 1978, he is pastor of Assumption Grotto Church in Detroit, a parish which contains an outdoor grotto of our Lady of Lourdes. Father Perrone has a degree in music composition, and a master’s degree in Theology. He is considered a world-class pianist and expert on sacred music. Besides his pastoral work, he often gives talks to special groups and directs the parish choir in some of the great choral and orchestral Masses of the Church’s heritage. He is a founder and spiritual director of Call to Holiness, Inc., the Saint Joseph Secular Discalced Carmelite Community and the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Carmelite Community, in Detroit. He has been pastor of the Assumption Grotto Church since 1994.


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Liber Hebdomadae Sanctae Cantus Gregoriani




A companion to the Gregorian Chant book, the Liber Brevior, the Liber Hebdomadae Sanctae Cantus Gregoriani, is your companion for Holy Week. 

The most important week for any Catholic is Holy Week. During that time, the Church wants us to reflect upon one of the greatest mysteries of our faith: the passion and death of our Blessed Lord. The Church, over the centuries, has assembled some of the greatest prayers and ceremonies to commemorate this great act of love of Jesus. These prayers and ceremonies are all accompanied by beautiful psalm tones and sublime Gregorian chant that normally are only heard during that mournful week. The recently reprinted Liber Brevior was based on the original 1954 edition, and did not include the restored Pius XII Holy Week ceremonies and offices.

This Gregorian Chant Holy Week Book has been printed just for Holy Week, and includes all the chants and melodies for all the offices, ceremonies and Masses of that week. Indeed it can be argued it is difficult to restore the traditional sense of Holy Week on the parish level today, but this book will help bring back the sense of the sacred to that week, if properly implemented and used by those in charge conducting Holy Week services.

The new Gregorian Chant Holy Week Book was made by taking out those parts from the 1962 Liber Usualis that pertain to the entire week, beginning with the restored Palm Sunday ceremonies up to and including the Easter Vigil. Thus, parishes with those interested in doing the offices of the Sacred Triduum, for example, can find this book most valuable in singing those offices on the last 3 days of Holy Week. And all the other sung ceremonies can be found in this book as well. For choirs on the parish level, we believe this book of 251 pages is smaller, more useful and more affordable for Holy Week, than the larger and bulkier Liber Usualis.

Sewn bound hard cover makes this book durable for a long life. One ribbon marker was inserted in the book as a speedy reference locator. All the music is in Gregorian notation with the rubrics in English.

Liber Brevior




This beautiful edition of the 1954 Liber Brevior,includes the entireKyriale, all the liturgical chant propers for all Sundays, Commons and Feasts, plus Sunday Compline and Vespers as well as the Requiem and Burial liturgies.. Additional chants are included in honor of the Blessed Sacrament and the Virgin Mary and more. Special chants for the liturgical seasons are included as well. This excllent edition includes also a supplement with five Masses that were not included in the 1954 edition – St. Joseph the Worker, the Queenship of Mary, St. Pius X, the North American Martyrs & Our Lady of Guadalupe.  And we updated the moveable feast chart that goes up to the year 2041.

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(Sample page from the Liber Brevior)

This edition of the Liber Brevior works perfectly for the celebration of the Extraordinary Form (1962 Missal) and will only miss a few proper settings for saints canonized between 1954 and 1962, such as St. Martin de Porres. For those parishes who celebrate the Holy Week services according to the 1962 Missale Romanum, using the 1954 edition of the Liber Brevior will require careful consultation with the Missal as there were some liturgical modifications in those years.

Small choirs will be pleased to see that the Liber Brevior includes easier Psalm-tone settings for Graduals, Alleluias and Tracts in an appendix in the back of the book.

(Sample page of the simplified psalm-tone settings of the Graduals, Alleluias, etc. in the appendix.)

Unlike the Liber Usualis the Liber Brevior does not include the text of the Orations, Epistles and Gospels sung by the Priest at High Mass. Thus the Liber Brevior has fewer pages, a mere 800.

Liber Hebdomadae Sanctae Cantus Gregoriani
Holy Week Gregorian Chant
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A companion to the Gregorian Chant book, the Liber Brevior, the Liber Hebdomadae Sanctae Cantus Gregoriani, is your companion for Holy Week.  When purchasing these items together, you may save by ordering our special combo offer.

The most important week for any Catholic is Holy Week. During that time, the Church wants us to reflect upon one of the greatest mysteries of our faith: the passion and death of our Blessed Lord. The Church, over the centuries, has assembled some of the greatest prayers and ceremonies to commemorate this great act of love of Jesus. These prayers and ceremonies are all accompanied by beautiful psalm tones and sublime Gregorian chant that normally are only heard during that mournful week. The recently reprinted Liber Brevior was based on the original 1954 edition, and did not include the restored Pius XII Holy Week ceremonies and offices.

This Gregorian Chant Holy Week Book has been printed just for Holy Week, and includes all the chants and melodies for all the offices, ceremonies and Masses of that week. Indeed it can be argued it is difficult to restore the traditional sense of Holy Week on the parish level today, but this book will help bring back the sense of the sacred to that week, if properly implemented and used by those in charge conducting Holy Week services.

The new Gregorian Chant Holy Week Book was made by taking out those parts from the 1962 Liber Usualis that pertain to the entire week, beginning with the restored Palm Sunday ceremonies up to and including the Easter Vigil. Thus, parishes with those interested in doing the offices of the Sacred Triduum, for example, can find this book most valuable in singing those offices on the last 3 days of Holy Week. And all the other sung ceremonies can be found in this book as well. For choirs on the parish level, we believe this book of 251 pages is smaller, more useful and more affordable for Holy Week, than the larger and bulkier Liber Usualis.

Sewn bound hard cover makes this book durable for a long life. One ribbon marker was inserted in the book as a speedy reference locator. All the music is in Gregorian notation with the rubrics in English.

CD - Miserere
Music for Holy Week from Saint John Cantius
The Saint Cecilia Choir of St. John Cantius Church
Music CD with accompanying booklet (20 pp). Texts are given in both Latin and English. Commentary is also included.
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This recording, which presents the emotional depth and variety of music for this important liturgical season, traces the six major services of Holy Week, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.

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  1. Ingrediente Domino - Malcolm (1:52)
  2. Lamentations of Jeremiah - Guerrero (8:30) Listen to Sample (mp3 - 511 kb)
  3. Amicis meus - Victoria (2:31)
  4. Lamentations of Jeremiah - Chant (4:13) Listen to Sample  (mp3 - 717 kb)
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  13. Ascendens Christus in altum - Victoria (6:05)

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Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis Set to Tones VIII & III, Healey Willan
SATB Choir, Organ
Healey Willan Society
12 pgs., letter booklet, 8.5" x 11"
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This is a fine liturgical setting of the Canticle of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of the Canticle of Simeon by the Dean of Canadian Composers, Healey Willan. Written for SATB Choir and organ, the composition has verses in chant and fauxbourdon verses for SATB Choir.


Healey Willan Society

To continue the work of promoting the music of Healey Willan, Mary Willan Mason, Healey Willan’s daughter, has bestowed upon Rev. Scott A. Haynes, SJC, a priest of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius in Chicago, the responsibility of being the Trustee of the Estate of Healey Willan. To this end, the Healey Willan Society has been established to promote Willan’s music by bring back into print his musical compositions which have fallen out of print or which were never published.

With over 800 opus numbers, Willan was a highly active composer of sacred organ and choral music, orchestral and chamber music, operas and much more. In the field of sacred music, after Johann Sebastian Bach, Healey Willian is the most prolific composer.

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King of Glory, Nicholas White
SATB Choir, Keyboard Accompaniment
Music of Nicholas White
12 pgs. 8.5" x 11"
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King of Glory, by Nicholas White, is a musical setting of a poetic text from The Temple (1633) by George Herbert. Replete with lovely melodies and lush harmonies, listeners are inspired by the beauty of this music.

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This SATB anthem may be accompanied either by keyboard with an oboe obligato or by a small chamber orchestra consisting of strings, keyboard, and oboe.

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King of Glory (Instrumental Parts)

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TEXT

King of glory, King of peace,
I will love thee;
and that love may never cease,
I will move thee.
Thou hast granted my request,
thou hast heard me;
thou didst note my working breast,
thou hast spared me.

Wherefore with my utmost art
I will sing thee,
and the cream of all my heart
I will bring thee.
Though my sins against me cried,
thou didst clear me;
and alone, when they replied,
thou didst hear me.

Seven whole days, not one in seven,
I will praise thee;
in my heart, though not in heaven,
I can raise thee.
Small it is, in this poor sort
to enroll thee:
e’en eternity’s too short
to extol thee.


UNDERSTANDING THE TEXT

“King of Glory, King of Peace” is a poem of contrasts, alternating in the first two verses between what “I”, the poet/singer, promises to do and what God has already done. Originally titled “Praise (II)”, the poem is taken from the posthumous collection of Herbert’s poetry, “The Temple”. It has been linked both to Psalm 116 and also to Psalm 70:4 – “Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you. Let those who love your salvation say evermore, ‘God is great!’”.

The humility that is evident in much of Herbert’s poetry is seen in the penultimate couplet of this hymn: “Small it is, in this poor sort / to enrol thee”, meaning “it is a small thing to celebrate you in such an inadequate way”.

Commenting on the collection of poems that form “The Temple”, George Herbert’s editor, Constantinos Patrides, says these poems remind us of the pilgrim’s progress under the care of the Church, our spiritual journey through this valley of tears, to the Heavenly Temple, where the Church, triumphant in glory, worships God eternally. At the heart of Herbert’s writing is his frequent focus on the Eucharist – “the marrow of Herbert’s sensibility”—as Patrides notes. This reveals his emphasis on the goodness of God’s grace in the spiritual life.

ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Nicholas White is a Grammy nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2011, Nicholas was appointed to the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire. In 2012 he became Chair of the Arts at the school. In 2013 he was appointed Music Director of The Boston Cecilia, one of America’s oldest and finest performing arts organizations.

Nicholas was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He held his first organist and choirmaster position at the age of fifteen, going on to become Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge.  Since moving to the United States in 1989, Nicholas has held various positions in churches, colleges and schools. These include Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC and St. Michael’s Church, New York City.

In 2003 Nicholas founded Tiffany Consort, an ensemble of eight accomplished singers. The group’s first CD, “O Magnum Mysterium” was nominated for a Grammy, and the second CD, “In Sure and Certain Hope: Choral Music of Nicholas White”, was released in December 2006. Both recordings are available on the MSR Classics label.

Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, DC commissioned White’s setting of Poe’s “The Raven” which was performed to great critical acclaim by The Raven Consort in 2013. Additionally, Nicholas recently completed a dramatic song cycle, “On Dreams Alone”, which has been in preparation for the last two decades. Nicholas is in high demand as a composer, receiving numerous commissions from choirs across the country. Most recently these have included The Hanson Institute for American Music (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), Lyric Fest (Philadelphia, PA), Christchurch Cathedral (Cincinnati, OH), The Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Philadelphia, PA), The Chancel Choir (Lubbock, TX), The Association of Anglican Musicians (Hartford, CT), St. John’s Cathedral (Albuquerque, NM), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Newton, MA), Dumbarton Concerts (Washington, DC), Granite State Choral Society (Rochester, NH), and Shadyside Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh, PA.)

REVIEW

“Unashamedly beautiful, Nicholas White’s choral music makes you think about the function of music and how a composer decides on the rightness of its design. White’s music never cloys. It is beautifully crafted, the manner of word-setting stemming very much from the English choral tradition… music that soothes more often than it challenges, while still stimulating the imagination as it nourishes the spirit.”

International Record Review ~ June 2007

Washington Mass, Nicholas White
SATB a capella with divisi
Music of Nicholas White
8 pgs., 8.5" x 11"
Product #: SY702
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An exciting English a capella choral setting of the Mass, Nicholas White’s Washington Mass provides rhythmic, harmonic and melodic interest.

SAMPLE SCORE
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ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Nicholas White is a Grammy nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2011, Nicholas was appointed to the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire. In 2012 he became Chair of the Arts at the school. In 2013 he was appointed Music Director of The Boston Cecilia, one of America’s oldest and finest performing arts organizations.

Nicholas was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He held his first organist and choirmaster position at the age of fifteen, going on to become Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge.  Since moving to the United States in 1989, Nicholas has held various positions in churches, colleges and schools. These include Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC and St. Michael’s Church, New York City.

In 2003 Nicholas founded Tiffany Consort, an ensemble of eight accomplished singers. The group’s first CD, “O Magnum Mysterium” was nominated for a Grammy, and the second CD, “In Sure and Certain Hope: Choral Music of Nicholas White”, was released in December 2006. Both recordings are available on the MSR Classics label.

Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, DC commissioned White’s setting of Poe’s “The Raven” which was performed to great critical acclaim by The Raven Consort in 2013. Additionally, Nicholas recently completed a dramatic song cycle, “On Dreams Alone”, which has been in preparation for the last two decades. Nicholas is in high demand as a composer, receiving numerous commissions from choirs across the country. Most recently these have included The Hanson Institute for American Music (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), Lyric Fest (Philadelphia, PA), Christchurch Cathedral (Cincinnati, OH), The Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Philadelphia, PA), The Chancel Choir (Lubbock, TX), The Association of Anglican Musicians (Hartford, CT), St. John’s Cathedral (Albuquerque, NM), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Newton, MA), Dumbarton Concerts (Washington, DC), Granite State Choral Society (Rochester, NH), and Shadyside Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh, PA.)

REVIEW

“Unashamedly beautiful, Nicholas White’s choral music makes you think about the function of music and how a composer decides on the rightness of its design. White’s music never cloys. It is beautifully crafted, the manner of word-setting stemming very much from the English choral tradition… music that soothes more often than it challenges, while still stimulating the imagination as it nourishes the spirit.”

International Record Review ~ June 2007

The Cherry Tree Carol, Nicholas White
SATB Choir and Organ
A Christmas Carol setting by Nicholas White
The Cherry Tree Carol has been a popular Christmas Carol text since the 15th century. Choirs will love to sing Nicholas White's new setting of The Cherry Tree Carol, and organists will appreciate the vigorous style of the organ part.
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The Cherry Tree Carol has been a popular Christmas Carol text since the 15th century. Choirs will love to sing Nicholas White’s new setting of The Cherry Tree Carol, and organists will appreciate the vigorous style of the organ part.

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ABOUT THE TEXT

“The Cherry Tree Carol” tells a fanciful story of the Holy Family’s journey to Bethlehem. On the way they stop at a garden with a cherry orchard. This imagery calls to mind Adam and Eve in Eden’s Garden as mentioned in the Book of Genesis. The image of the orchard offering its fruit to Mary becomes even more fitting in light of evidence that the branch from which she plucks belongs to no ordinary tree. The cherry tree is a symbol for the “Tree of Life.” Mary, as the new and perfect “Eve,” is being shown as worthy to partake of the “Tree of Life.”

Mary asks Joseph to pick her cherries. The anger that the carol ascribes to Joseph indicates his inner frustration over his inability to provide Mary’s request. In the carol, the tree is far above him and he cannot get the cherries Mary wants. In a spiritual sense, Joseph knows that only Jesus, the new “Adam,” is worthy to gain the fruits of redemption, symbolized in the carol by the cherries.

It is true that Adam and Eve’s departure from the Garden of Eden barred them and their posterity from the “Tree of Life.” However, a rabbinic tradition has it that the last divine word that rang in the ears of Adam and Eve as they left the Garden of Eden was tashub (“You shall return!”). When Genesis 3:15, the Protoevangellium (“First Gospel”) promises the human race a Redeemer (the New Adam, Jesus Christ), Scripture paints an image of the head of the serpent (Satan) being crushed under heel. Just as an infant stands upon his mother’s foot held up by her hands, so Jesus stands upon the foot of Mary as His own footstool. With the mighty force of this Holy Child, Jesus crushes the serpent—the dragon with Mary’s delicate heel.

ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Nicholas White is a Grammy nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2011, Nicholas was appointed to the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire. In 2012 he became Chair of the Arts at the school. In 2013 he was appointed Music Director of The Boston Cecilia, one of America’s oldest and finest performing arts organizations.

Nicholas was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He held his first organist and choirmaster position at the age of fifteen, going on to become Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge.  Since moving to the United States in 1989, Nicholas has held various positions in churches, colleges and schools. These include Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC and St. Michael’s Church, New York City.

In 2003 Nicholas founded Tiffany Consort, an ensemble of eight accomplished singers. The group’s first CD, “O Magnum Mysterium” was nominated for a Grammy, and the second CD, “In Sure and Certain Hope: Choral Music of Nicholas White”, was released in December 2006. Both recordings are available on the MSR Classics label.

Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, DC commissioned White’s setting of Poe’s “The Raven” which was performed to great critical acclaim by The Raven Consort in 2013. Additionally, Nicholas recently completed a dramatic song cycle, “On Dreams Alone”, which has been in preparation for the last two decades. Nicholas is in high demand as a composer, receiving numerous commissions from choirs across the country. Most recently these have included The Hanson Institute for American Music (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), Lyric Fest (Philadelphia, PA), Christchurch Cathedral (Cincinnati, OH), The Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Philadelphia, PA), The Chancel Choir (Lubbock, TX), The Association of Anglican Musicians (Hartford, CT), St. John’s Cathedral (Albuquerque, NM), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Newton, MA), Dumbarton Concerts (Washington, DC), Granite State Choral Society (Rochester, NH), and Shadyside Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh, PA.)

REVIEW

“Unashamedly beautiful, Nicholas White’s choral music makes you think about the function of music and how a composer decides on the rightness of its design. White’s music never cloys. It is beautifully crafted, the manner of word-setting stemming very much from the English choral tradition… music that soothes more often than it challenges, while still stimulating the imagination as it nourishes the spirit.”

International Record Review ~ June 2007

A Prayer for Guidance, Nicholas White
Choir and Organ Edition
Music of Nicholas White
4 pages, 8.5" x 11"
Product #: SY680
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A Prayer for Guidanceby Nicholas White is a penetratingly beautiful anthem for choir. There are two versions are available: (1) Choir and Organ Edition and (2) Edition for Alto Solo, Choir and Strings.

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A Prayer for Guidance, Nicholas White— Choir and Organ Edition
A Prayer for Guidance, Nicholas White— Edition for Alto Solo, Choir and Strings
A Prayer for Guidance, Nicholas White—String Parts

SAMPLE SCORE

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Listen to a recording of A Prayer for Guidance by Nicholas White (Edition for Alto Solo, Choir and Strings)



Text of A Prayer for Guidance

Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favor, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally, by thy mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

About the Text

The original text is a Collect from the Sacramentarium Hadrianum (c. 786). Here is the original Latin text:

Actiones nostras, quaesumus, Domine, aspirando praeveni et adiuvando prosequere, ut cuncta nostra operatio a te semper incipiat, et per te coepta finiatur.


ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Nicholas White is a Grammy nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2011, Nicholas was appointed to the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire. In 2012 he became Chair of the Arts at the school. In 2013 he was appointed Music Director of The Boston Cecilia, one of America’s oldest and finest performing arts organizations.

Nicholas was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He held his first organist and choirmaster position at the age of fifteen, going on to become Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge.  Since moving to the United States in 1989, Nicholas has held various positions in churches, colleges and schools. These include Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC and St. Michael’s Church, New York City.

In 2003 Nicholas founded Tiffany Consort, an ensemble of eight accomplished singers. The group’s first CD, “O Magnum Mysterium” was nominated for a Grammy, and the second CD, “In Sure and Certain Hope: Choral Music of Nicholas White”, was released in December 2006. Both recordings are available on the MSR Classics label.

Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, DC commissioned White’s setting of Poe’s “The Raven” which was performed to great critical acclaim by The Raven Consort in 2013. Additionally, Nicholas recently completed a dramatic song cycle, “On Dreams Alone”, which has been in preparation for the last two decades. Nicholas is in high demand as a composer, receiving numerous commissions from choirs across the country. Most recently these have included The Hanson Institute for American Music (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), Lyric Fest (Philadelphia, PA), Christchurch Cathedral (Cincinnati, OH), The Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Philadelphia, PA), The Chancel Choir (Lubbock, TX), The Association of Anglican Musicians (Hartford, CT), St. John’s Cathedral (Albuquerque, NM), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Newton, MA), Dumbarton Concerts (Washington, DC), Granite State Choral Society (Rochester, NH), and Shadyside Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh, PA.)

REVIEW

“Unashamedly beautiful, Nicholas White’s choral music makes you think about the function of music and how a composer decides on the rightness of its design. White’s music never cloys. It is beautifully crafted, the manner of word-setting stemming very much from the English choral tradition… music that soothes more often than it challenges, while still stimulating the imagination as it nourishes the spirit.”

International Record Review ~ June 2007

Missa de Sancta Maria Magdalena
New ICEL English Version - for use with the 3rd Edition of the Roman Missal
Unison Voices and Organ
Minimum order is 8 copies
Product #: SY614
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This is Healely Willan’s most popular congregational Mass.

Now Biretta Books has been licensed by Oxford University Press to present this Mass anew for use with the current ICEL English version of the Mass (i.e., 3rd Ed. of the Roman Missal).

Fr. Scott Haynes, SJC, President of the Healey Willan Society in Chicago, created this adaptation and arrangement of Willan’s Missa de Sancta Maria Magdalena in concert with Mary Willan Mason, Healey Willan’s daughter, to whom this arrangement has been dedicated.

If a church, publisher or some organization wishes to reprint this in a publication, program, etc. this is done by contacting:

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Anthems at the Mandatum, Nicholas White
Music for Maundy (Holy) Thursday
Music of Nicholas White
4 pgs., 8.5" x 11"
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Nicholas White’s Anthems at the Mandatum is a fine liturgical composition designed for use at the foot-washing on Maundy (Holy) Thursday.

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SAMPLE SCORE

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ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Nicholas White is a Grammy nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2011, Nicholas was appointed to the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire. In 2012 he became Chair of the Arts at the school. In 2013 he was appointed Music Director of The Boston Cecilia, one of America’s oldest and finest performing arts organizations.

Nicholas was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He held his first organist and choirmaster position at the age of fifteen, going on to become Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge.  Since moving to the United States in 1989, Nicholas has held various positions in churches, colleges and schools. These include Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC and St. Michael’s Church, New York City.

In 2003 Nicholas founded Tiffany Consort, an ensemble of eight accomplished singers. The group’s first CD, “O Magnum Mysterium” was nominated for a Grammy, and the second CD, “In Sure and Certain Hope: Choral Music of Nicholas White”, was released in December 2006. Both recordings are available on the MSR Classics label.

Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, DC commissioned White’s setting of Poe’s “The Raven” which was performed to great critical acclaim by The Raven Consort in 2013. Additionally, Nicholas recently completed a dramatic song cycle, “On Dreams Alone”, which has been in preparation for the last two decades. Nicholas is in high demand as a composer, receiving numerous commissions from choirs across the country. Most recently these have included The Hanson Institute for American Music (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), Lyric Fest (Philadelphia, PA), Christchurch Cathedral (Cincinnati, OH), The Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Philadelphia, PA), The Chancel Choir (Lubbock, TX), The Association of Anglican Musicians (Hartford, CT), St. John’s Cathedral (Albuquerque, NM), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Newton, MA), Dumbarton Concerts (Washington, DC), Granite State Choral Society (Rochester, NH), and Shadyside Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh, PA.)

REVIEW

“Unashamedly beautiful, Nicholas White’s choral music makes you think about the function of music and how a composer decides on the rightness of its design. White’s music never cloys. It is beautifully crafted, the manner of word-setting stemming very much from the English choral tradition… music that soothes more often than it challenges, while still stimulating the imagination as it nourishes the spirit.”

International Record Review ~ June 2007

Out of the Depths, Nicholas White
SATB Choir, S. Solo, Organ
Music of Nicholas White - Lenten Music
8 pgs., 8.5" x 11"
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Psalm 130 (Out of the Depths) is a profound Psalm of repentance. Nicholas White’s setting of Psalm 130 remind us that the soul buried in the depths of distress can find the pearl of great price, which is “plenteous redemption” (Ps 130:7). Perhaps the singer would never have found that precious pearl of God’s grace had he not been cast into the depths.

PREVIEW THE SCORE
Nicholas White’s “Out of the Depths” was written for the Philadelphia Cathedral Singers, Riyehee Hong, Director, for their Psalm Festival (September 29, 2006). Click here to get a sneak peek at the score…

ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Nicholas White is a Grammy nominated composer and conductor, as well as a versatile organist, pianist and singer with experience in many different styles of music. In 2011, Nicholas was appointed to the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire. In 2012 he became Chair of the Arts at the school. In 2013 he was appointed Music Director of The Boston Cecilia, one of America’s oldest and finest performing arts organizations.

Nicholas was born in London, England, and received his early musical training as a treble chorister. He held his first organist and choirmaster position at the age of fifteen, going on to become Organ Scholar of Clare College, Cambridge.  Since moving to the United States in 1989, Nicholas has held various positions in churches, colleges and schools. These include Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC and St. Michael’s Church, New York City.

In 2003 Nicholas founded Tiffany Consort, an ensemble of eight accomplished singers. The group’s first CD, “O Magnum Mysterium” was nominated for a Grammy, and the second CD, “In Sure and Certain Hope: Choral Music of Nicholas White”, was released in December 2006. Both recordings are available on the MSR Classics label.

Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, DC commissioned White’s setting of Poe’s “The Raven” which was performed to great critical acclaim by The Raven Consort in 2013. Additionally, Nicholas recently completed a dramatic song cycle, “On Dreams Alone”, which has been in preparation for the last two decades. Nicholas is in high demand as a composer, receiving numerous commissions from choirs across the country. Most recently these have included The Hanson Institute for American Music (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), Lyric Fest (Philadelphia, PA), Christchurch Cathedral (Cincinnati, OH), The Commonwealth Youthchoirs (Philadelphia, PA), The Chancel Choir (Lubbock, TX), The Association of Anglican Musicians (Hartford, CT), St. John’s Cathedral (Albuquerque, NM), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Newton, MA), Dumbarton Concerts (Washington, DC), Granite State Choral Society (Rochester, NH), and Shadyside Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh, PA.)

REVIEW

“Unashamedly beautiful, Nicholas White’s choral music makes you think about the function of music and how a composer decides on the rightness of its design. White’s music never cloys. It is beautifully crafted, the manner of word-setting stemming very much from the English choral tradition… music that soothes more often than it challenges, while still stimulating the imagination as it nourishes the spirit.”

International Record Review ~ June 2007

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Traditional Latin Mass, Extraordinary Form
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Enjoy four DVD’s of the Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form), celebrated with the 1962 Missale Romanum.

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2) 1 of DVD: Low Mass for Trinity Sunday at St. John Cantius of Chicago
3) 1 of DVD: High Mass (Missa Cantata with Incense) and Benediction for Christmas Day at St. John Cantius of Chicago
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A Christmas Fit for a King
Choirs of St. John Cantius
3 audio CD's in jewel cases
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Te Deum CD

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Christmas Stocking Stuffers (5 CD’s)
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Messiah & Nutcracker
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HANDEL’S MESSIAH FOR CHRISTMAS

MUSICIANS



CHORUS & ORCHESTRA
Ensemble Cor et Vox

CONDUCTOR
Rev. Scott A. Haynes, SJC

CONCERTMASTER
Phil Kleven

SOLOISTS
Soprano: Amy Conn, Stephanie Sheffield Culica, Jenny Haworth
Countertenor: Roger Pines
Tenor: Trevór L. Mitchell
Bass: Bill McMurray

THE NUTCRACKER


TRACK LISTSING



Christmas Carols Arrangements for Organ

1.    Introduction et Variations sur un Ancien Noël Polonais, (W żłobie leży)
      Félix-Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911), 3:59
2.    Carol Prelude on “Greensleeves,” Searle Wright (1918-2004), 2:01
3.    Choral Prelude on “Greensleeves,” Richard Purvis (1913-1994), 4:04
4.    Weihnachten 1914, Op. 145, No. 3, Max Reger (1873-1916), 7:40
5.    In Dulci Jubilo, Op. 28, No. 51, Arr. Marcel Dupré (1886-1971), 2:06
6.    Chorale Improvisation: “In Dulci Jubilo,” Op. 9, Arr. Paul Manz (1919-2009), 2:19
7.    Variations on “Greensleeves,” David Briggs (b. 1962), 7:44
8.    Christe, Redemptor omnium, Arr. Healey Willan (1880-1968), 2:51
9.    All My Heart This Night Rejoices, Arr. Paul Bunjes (1914-1998), 2:23

Nutcracker Suite, Opus 71a
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Transcribed for Organ by Frederick Hohman

10.  Overture Miniature, 3:49
11.  March Characteristique, 2:49
12.  Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy, 1:57
13.  Russian Dance, 1:25
14.  Arabian Dance, 2:54
15.  Chinese Dance, 1:10
16.  Dance o f the Reed-Flutes, 2:53
17.  Waltz of the Flowers, 7:53

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Jubilate Deo, Healey Willan
Biblical Canticle in English
Healey Willan Society
8.5 x 11, 12 pages
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Among the “morning canticles” of the Church, the Jubilate Deo is among the most festive of the texts. This musical setting of the Jubilate Deo in B flat major by Healey Willan was written in honor of the great organist of St. Thomas Church, New York City, T. Tertius Noble.

The text is entirely in English.

Healey Willan Society

To continue the work of promoting the music of Healey Willan, Mary Willan Mason, Healey Willan’s daughter, has bestowed upon Rev. Scott A. Haynes, SJC, a priest of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius in Chicago, the responsibility of being the Trustee of the Estate of Healey Willan. To this end, the Healey Willan Society has been established to promote Willan’s music by bring back into print his musical compositions which have fallen out of print or which were never published.

With over 800 opus numbers, Willan was a highly active composer of sacred organ and choral music, orchestral and chamber music, operas and much more. In the field of sacred music, after Johann Sebastian Bach, Healey Willian is the most prolific composer.

http://www.HealeyWillan.com

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in A Major, Healey Willan
Healey Willan Society
16 pages, 6.75 x 10.5 (octavo)
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This is a fantastic English text setting of the Canticle of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Canticle of Simeon by Healey Willan is for SATB choir and organ. Accomplished composers throughout the centuries have set these deep texts for use in liturgical services and to celebrate Christ’s birth. Among Willan’s settings of these texts for Vespers (“Evensong”), this setting is one choirs enjoy singing again and again.

Healey Willan Society

To continue the work of promoting the music of Healey Willan, Mary Willan Mason, Healey Willan’s daughter, has bestowed upon Rev. Scott A. Haynes, SJC, a priest of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius in Chicago, the responsibility of being the Trustee of the Estate of Healey Willan. To this end, the Healey Willan Society has been established to promote Willan’s music by bring back into print his musical compositions which have fallen out of print or which were never published.

With over 800 opus numbers, Willan was a highly active composer of sacred organ and choral music, orchestral and chamber music, operas and much more. In the field of sacred music, after Johann Sebastian Bach, Healey Willian is the most prolific composer.

http://www.HealeyWillan.com