Sorrowful Mother Crucifix
Jesus with Mary at the foot of the Cross
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This breathtakingly beautiful Sorrowful Mother Crucifix is a beautiful addition for any Catholic home.

Made in Italy by the famous Tomaso Company, a brand well known and respected for the best materials, meticulous details, quality craftsmanship and beautiful packaging. This wood and resin crucifix is very special.

This crucifix is individually boxed for your gift giving and storage ease. It makes a wonderful gift to people when they are moving into a new home, receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, First Holy Communion, or the Sacrament of Baptism.

IMPORTANCE OF THE CRUCIFIX

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)

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.

 

St. Benedict Pendant on Cord
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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.

10” Wooden Crucifix With a Gold Corpus
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This affordable wall crucifix offers incredible quality at an unbelievable price!

This crucifix is individually boxed for your gift giving and storage ease. It makes a wonderful gift to people when they are moving into a new home, receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, First Holy Communion, or the Sacrament of Baptism.

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)

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.

 

Pieta Prayer Book
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Also known as The Little Blue Prayer Book, the Pieta Prayer Book has been a “best-seller” for decades.

The Pieta Prayer Book is an effort to present the beautiful truths and devotions of our Roman Catholic Faith, in order that those who use these prayers devoutly may obtain greater grace to better serve God.

The book draws helps you to pray—seeking God’s goodness and mercy.

Prayers included in this book:

The 15 St. Bridget Prayers
Ave Maris Stella
Prayer to St. Joseph over 1900 yrs. old
Hail Mary of Gold 9. Three Very Beautiful Prayers
Prayer to the Infant of Prague
Prayers after Mass and Communion
The Rosary and Scapular
Short Way of The Cross
Prayer to the Shoulder Wound of Christ
The Spiritual Communion
Prayer or Blessing Against Storms
The Angelus
Chaplet of St. Michael
Salve Regina
St. Therese
The Golden Arrow
The Magnificat
Litany of Humility
Efficacious Novena to Sacred Heart
and many, many more!

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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)

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.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Simon Brown Cloth Scapular
Devotion to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
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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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The Significance of Holy Water
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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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.

2016 Ordo & Angels Wall Calendar
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90 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", spiral binding (Ordo) & 12"x12" Full Color Calendar
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This is an exciting combination offer! Here we provide you two important items for every Catholic parish dedicated to the use of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (1962 Missale Romanum):

    1) Ordo for the 1962 Missale Romanum (click here for product details)
    2) 2016 Angels Wall Calendar (click here for product details)

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2016 Angels Wall Calendar
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Our popular 2016 Angels Catholic Wall Calendar brings the Angels - Heaven sent messengers, guides and guardians to mind each month.

- 1-4 copies, $13 each
- 5-9 copies, $11 each
- 10 or more copies, $10 each

This stunning Catholic Calendar is designed to suit every taste and inspire greater devotion to the Angels for every day of the year.

This inspiring calendar contains special feasts and fascinating Catholic traditions. They are marked with days of Fasting, special Saints Days, and the Sundays of the Liturgical Year for both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Calendar.

The 12” x 12”  2016 Angels Catholic 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”  2016 Angels Catholic 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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Customers who purchase this 2016 Angels Wall Calendar also recommend the 2016 Ordo (see here).  We also offer a combo offer if you want a discount in ordering both the 2016 Ordo and the Angels Wall Calendar (see here).

2016 Ordo for the 1962 Missale Romanum
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THE ORDO IS AT THE PRINTING PRESS & WILL BE AVAILABLE BY THE END OF AUGUST, 2015.

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To order both the 2016 Ordo (for the Extraordinary Form) and the 2016 “Angels” Liturgical Wall Calendar (with both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms) click here for this combo offer.

The 2016 ORDO covers from December 1, 2015, through the entire calendar year 2016, and January 13 2017.

Biretta Books and Sancta Missa now offer this beautifully designed 2016 ORDO to be used in conjunction with the 1962 Missale Romanum for the Extraordinary Form.

The 2016 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 2016 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 2016 ORDO to remind us of the beauty of the Sacred Liturgy.

An excellent feature of the 2016 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 2016 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 2016 ORDO explains the use of the Divine Office in the Extraordinary Form and is very helpful to anyone wanting to understand the usus antiquior.

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Traditional European chalice from the late nineteenth century, brass, gold-plated.

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A Fugal Trilogy, Healey Willan
Music of Healey Willan
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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

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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DVD - Restoring the Sacred
The Story of the Resurrection of Chicago's St. John Cantius Parish
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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.

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

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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Miniature Suite for Organ, Healey Willan
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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

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

Alleluia! Puer Nobis Est Natus, Nicholas White
Music of 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
Healey Willan Society
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The Mystery of Bethlehem, Healey Willan (saddle-stitch binding)
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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



The Fulfilment

The Prophecy (movement No.1 from the Mystery of Bethlehem), Healey Willan
Music of Healey Willan
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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 Prophecy
The Annunciation
The Manger
The Shepherds
The Magi
The Fulfilment

The Annunciation (movement No. 2 from the Mystery of Bethlehem), Healey Willan
Music of Healey Willan
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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 Prophecy
The Annunciation
The Manger
The Shepherds
The Magi
The Fulfilment

The Manger (movement No. 3 from the Mystery of Bethlehem), Healey Willan
Music of Healey Willan
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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 Prophecy
The Annunciation
The Manger
The Shepherds
The Magi
The Fulfilment

The Shepherds (movement No.4 from the Mystery of Bethlehem), Healey Willan
Music of Healey Willan
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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 Prophecy
The Annunciation
The Manger
The Shepherds
The Magi
The Fulfilment

The Magi (movement No. 5 from the Mystery of Bethlehem), Healey Willan
Music of Healey Willan
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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 Prophecy
The Annunciation
The Manger
The Shepherds
The Magi
The Fulfilment

The Fulfilment (movement No.6 from the Mystery of Bethlehem), Healey Willan
Music of 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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The Prophecy
The Annunciation
The Manger
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The Magi
The Fulfilment

Chants of the Church
From the Monks of Solesmes Abbey, France
Latin Chants with English Translations
183 pages, 6" x 9"
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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.

Want to Learn Even More About Chant?

Get more out of your purchase of Chants of the Church by getting an accompanying 4 DVD, 13 episode series on Gregorian Chant called Treasury of the Church: Gregorian Chant. Biretta Books offers Treasury of the Church: Gregorian Chant to work in conjunction with Chants of the Church. The DVD series explains how to read and sing Gregorian chant by Fr. Eduard Perrone. Throughout the DVD series Fr. Perrone uses this little book, Chants of the Church.

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)

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Praise to the Lord, Healey Willan
Healey Willan Society
8 pgs., 8.5" x 11"
Product #: SY771
$1.85 (minimum order of 4)
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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…


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

O Sing Unto The Lord A New Song, Healey Willan
Healey Willan Society
SATB Choir, Organ, Brass Quartet
16 pgs., 8.5" x11"
Product #: SY769
$2.75 (minimum order of 4)
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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

Mass Card - Father’s Day Triduum of Masses
Mass Card for Father’s Day
Canons Regular of St. John Cantius
Full Color Father's Day Mass Card
Product #: SY002
$3.00
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Each year, for Father’s Day, the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius in Chicago offer three Latin Masses (1962 Missale Romanum) for all those enrolled in our Father’s Day Triduum of Masses.

After purchasing this Mass Card for the Father’s Day Triduum you will be sent our Father’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

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).

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 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).

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
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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).

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
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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
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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

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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.

Liber Brevior & Holy Week Gregorian Chant
Special Combo
Benedictine Monastery of Solesmes
Black hard-cover books, 7.5” x 4.87”, ribbon marker, rubrics in English
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Get two great Gregorian Chant books with this special offer.  This combo offers you the Liber Brevior and Liber Hebdomadae Sanctae Cantus Gregoriani (Holy Week Gregorian Chant)

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
251 pages, 5 x 7 inches, Hardback Black Cover, Gold Embossed Title, Ribbon Marker, Rubrics in English
Product #: SY704
$15.95
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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.

The Traditional Rosary - 3 Audio CDs
15 Mysteries of the Rosary, popular devotions, prayers and music in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Canons Regular of St. John Cantius
3 Audio CDs
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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)

1 Salve Regina, Gregorian Chant
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)

Click here to download the texts and translations used on “The Traditional Rosary,” as well an instruction on how to pray the Rosary.

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.

We are happy to offer the music CD, MISERERE: Music for Holy Week from St. John Cantius, at the very low price of $15.00 (USD), plus shipping and handling charges.


  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)
  5. Seniores populi - Victoria (3:53)
  6. Miserere - Allegri (9:16) Listen to Sample (mp3 - 540 kb)
  7. Ubi Caritas - Raminsh (5:52)
  8. St. John Passion - Chant/Lassus (15:37) Listen to Sample (mp3 - 753 kb)
  9. Timor et tremor - Lassus (3:39)
  10. Tenebrae Factae Sunt - Poulenc (4:28) Listen to Sample
  11. Dum Transisset Sabbatum - Taverner (6:33)
  12. Cantate Domino canticum novum - Shütz (3:10) Listen to Sample (mp3 - 506 kb)  »
  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.

http://www.HealeyWillan.com

King of Glory, Nicholas White
SATB Choir, Keyboard Accompaniment
Music of Nicholas White
12 pgs. 8.5" x 11"
Product #: SY696
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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.

PREVIEW THE SCORE
Click here to get a sneak peek at the score…

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
$2.15 (minimum order of 4)
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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.
Product #: SY693
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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.

PREVIEW THE SCORE
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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
$1.50 (minimum order of 4)
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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
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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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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"
Product #: SY699
$1.85 (minimum order of 4)
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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

Treasure and Tradition
The Ultimate Guide to the Latin Mass
Lisa Bergman
8.5" x 11" Hardcover, 120 pages
Product #: SY673
$24.99
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Have you ever:
1) Considered attending a Latin Mass, but found it too intimidating?
2) Struggled to jump back and forth between the pages of a Latin-English Missal?
3) Wondered what all those people are doing at the altar during High Mass?
4) Wished for an effective way to help children to understand and follow along with the Mass?
5) Wanted to know more about the history of the Mass and how it came to be the way it is?
6) Been puzzled by things like Septuagesima, Rogation Days, and other unfamiliar terms, feasts and practices?

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:

“Congratulations on this accomplishment.  The purpose of this book which you stated as a way to help your children understand about the Extraordinary Form of the Mass seems well met in this book.  In my view, I would say this is a very good book.”

Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, on the New Liturgical Movement website:

“Without exaggeration, I can say that this is one of the most stunningly beautiful and most informative introductions to the traditional Latin Mass that I have ever seen. For anyone who needs or wants a crash-course in the theology and spirituality of the classical Roman Rite, and a tour of just about everything connected with it, this is your book at last. If I could wave a magic wand, I’d have copies of Treasure and Tradition suddenly appear in every church, chapel, and Catholic family in the English-speaking world.”

LEARNING THE FAITH THROUGH THE MASS

While this book is manifestly ideal for children and young adults, it would function no less well as a text for a Catholic of any age who is getting to know the old Mass for the first time or who, being somewhat familiar with it, seeks more knowledge about it.

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.

2015 Liturgical Calendar (Ordinary & Extraordinary Form)
Calendar of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius
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2015 Ordo for the 1962 Missale Romanum & 2015 Liturgical Wall Calendar (Mary & Saints)
2015 Ordo for the 1962 Missale Romanum & 2015 Liturgical Wall Calendar (Canons Regular of St. John Cantius)

Our 2015 Liturgical Calendar provides the feasts of both the 1962 Missale Romanum (Extraordinary Form) and the modern Roman Missal (Ordinary Form).

The new 12” x 12” size 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.

DVD Special for Latin Mass Lovers
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.

1) 1 of DVD: Pipe Organ Blessing of Casavant Organ Opus 1130 & Pontifical Mass from the Faldstool at St. John Cantius of Chicago
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
4) 1 of DVD: Pontifical High Mass from the Throne from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

This offer is valued at $90.00, but is made available for your today for $39.95

A Christmas Fit for a King
Choirs of St. John Cantius
3 audio CD's in jewel cases
Product #: SY675
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Get 3 fabulous Christmas CD’s in this special offer.

Jesus is the King of of Kings. He is the Infant King of Bethlehem. In these three CD’s consider the majesty of the Infant King.

This special offer of three CD’s for $29.99 saves you $15.01 from the regular price of $45.00.


MUSICAL SAMPLES

From Coronation Mass CD



From the Messiah



From Ecce Rex

Christmas Stocking Stuffers (5 CD’s)
CD's from St. John Cantius, Chicago
Enjoy a musical Merry Christmas
5 audio cd's, jewel cases
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In this special offer you get 5 CD’s:

1 of Messiah CD
1 of Nutcracker CD
1 of O Holy Night CD
1 of Twas the Night CD
1 of Carols by Candlelight CD

If you ordered each of these separately it would cost $75, so by chosing this special offer - available for only $44.95 - you save $30.05!

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From Twas the Night




From Carols by Candlelight




From Nutcracker




From O Holy Night

Messiah & Nutcracker
Enjoy two famous Christmas Classics - Handel's Messiah and Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker.
Music from St. John Cantius, Chicago
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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

Biretta Books supports the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius and the A.M.D.G. Foundation as they help restore the sense of the sacred through the gift of music.

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

Angels at Manger Holy Water Font
Three Angels adoring the Baby Jesus with the Virgin Mary
7 1/2", resin
Product #: SY672
$13.50
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Holy water fonts are both a practical and aesthetically attractive way of storing holy water. Use this holy water font for your home. As you bless yourself and your family with holy water, this is a wonderful way to renew your baptismal promises.

Question: Do you reject Satan?
Response: I do.

Question: And all his works?
Response: I do.

Question: And all his empty promises?
Response: I do.

Question: Do you believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth?
Response: I do.

Question: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, Who was born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father?
Response: I do.

Question: 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?
Response: I do.

Catholics dip their fingers in the holy water and make the sign of the cross when entering the church. The liturgy may begin on Sundays with the Rite of Blessing and Sprinkling Holy Water, in which holy water is sprinkled upon the congregation; this is called aspersion, from the Latin, aspergere, to sprinkle. This ceremony dates back to the ninth century.

This use of holy water and making a sign of the cross when entering a church reflects a renewal of baptism, a cleansing of venial sin, as well as providing protection against evil. It is sometimes accompanied by the following prayer:

“By this Holy water and by your Precious Blood, wash away all my sins O Lord”.

Benedictus es Domine, Healey Willan
Festive Motet for Organ and Choir
Healey Willan Society
8 pages, 8.5" x 11"
Product #: SY671
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Benedictus es Domine by the Dean of Canadian Composers, Healey Willan, is a festive motet for SATB Choir with organ accompaniment. The text, entirely in English, is taken from Sacred Scripture. The text from the Old Testament comes from the Canticle of the Three Young Men in the fiery furnace.

English-born and -trained Healey Willan is considered Canada’s most important church composer, among many other accomplishments. Choirs love to sing this extraordinary text setting from the Canticle of the Three Young Men.


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 by the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius 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

Handel’s Messiah for Christmas
Christmas Music for Choir & Orchestra
Ensemble Cor et Vox
CD jewel case, 4 pg. insert
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$15.00
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2 copies $12.50 each
3 or more copies $10.00 each

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 STORY OF HANDEL’S MESSIAH



Handel’s Messiah is a tradition at Christmastime. Just as children love decorating trees and hanging stockings, choirs around the world love singing Handel’s Messiah for Christmas, the most famous piece of sacred music in the English language. In his book, Spiritual Lives of the Great Composers, Patrick Kavanaugh tells how Handel barely ate during the 24 days he wrote Messiah. Just after composing the famous Hallelujah Chorus the composer had tears in his eyes and cried out to his servant, “I did think I did see all Heaven before me, and the great God Himself.” When you consider record time in which Handel wrote Messiah, you understand the laud of Ludwig van Beethoven, who said of Handel: “He is the greatest composer that ever lived. I would uncover my head and kneel before his tomb.”

King George II was present at the first performance of Messiah in London, and while he did not “stand” in awe of Handel’s music the way Beethoven did, the King did introduce a unique custom of standing during the Hallelujah Chorus. It is said that the monarch fell asleep, and at the opening of the Hallelujah Chorus, he rose to his feet, thinking it was his cue. Whatever the reason, he stood, and that has been the custom ever since—to stand during the Hallelujah Chorus. About 100 years later, even the aged Queen Victoria, who sat in her wheelchair as the chorus began, struggled to her feet as the choir sang, “King of kings and Lord of lords.” She said, “No way will I sit in the presence of the King of kings.” It inspires us to learn that Handel wrote Messiah during a low point in his life and just after suffering a stroke. Out of his suffering arose this work of beauty that continues to uplift millions of souls. Kavanaugh notes the secret of Handel’s success, “He was a relentless optimist whose faith in God sustained him through every difficulty.”

Biretta Books supports the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius and the A.M.D.G. Foundation as they help restore the sense of the sacred through the gift of music.

CD: The Nutcracker
Christmas Music for Organ from Chicago's Historic St. John Cantius Church
Andrew Schaeffer, Concert Organist performs on the Casavant Organ (op. 1130)
Cd jewel case, 4 pg. color insert
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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

ANDREW SCHAEFFER - CONCERT ORGANIST

Andrew Schaeffer is completing his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Organ Performance at the American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma. He holds the Master of Music degree in organ performance from the Yale School of Music through the Institute of Sacred Music where he studied organ with Thomas Murray and organ improvisation with Jeffrey Brillhart, and he also holds the Bachelor of Music degree with distinction from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN where he studied organ with John Ferguson as well as Choral Conducting with Anton Armstrong.

Licensing, Copyrights & Permissions
Christmas Carols Arrangements for Organ
1.  Introduction et Variations sur un Ancien Noël Polonais, (W żłobie leży), Félix-Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911), 3:59, Public Domain
2.  Carol Prelude on “Greensleeves,” Searle Wright (1918-2004), 2:01, GREENSLEEVES By SEARLE WRIGHT © 1954 (Renewed) by H.W. GRAY PUBLICATIONS All Rights Assigned to and Controlled by ALFRED MUSIC All Rights Reserved.
3.  Choral Prelude on “Greensleeves,” Richard Purvis (1913-1994), 4:04, Music by Richard Purvis, edited by Donna Parker. Copyright © 2004 by Gentry Publications (a div. of Fred Bock Music Company). All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
4.  Weihnachten 1914, Op. 145, No. 3, Max Reger (1873-1916), 7:40, Public Domain.
5.  In Dulci Jubilo, Op. 28, No. 51, Arr. Marcel Dupré (1886-1971), 2:06. IN DULCI JUBILO By MARCEL DUPRE. © 1932 (Renewed 1960) by H.W. GRAY PUBLICATIONS. All Rights Assigned to and Controlled by ALFRED MUSIC. All Rights Reserved.
6.  Chorale Improvisation: “In Dulci Jubilo,” Op. 9, Arr. Paul Manz (1919-2009), 2:19, Now Sing We, Now Rejoice from Ten Chorale Improvisations, Set 3, Copyright © 1970,1987, and 2011 Birnamwood Publications (ASCAP) A division of MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc., St. Louis, MO. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
7.  Variations on “Greensleeves,” David Briggs (b. 1962), 7:44
Used with Permission of the Composer.
8.  Christe, Redemptor omnium, Arr. Healey Willan (1880-1968), 2:51, Used with Permission of the Estate of Healey Willan and the Healey Willan Society.
9.  All My Heart This Night Rejoices, Arr. Paul Bunjes (1914-1998), 2:23, Copyright © 1950, 1978 CPH. Used with Permission. http://www.cph.org.
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 of the Reed-Flutes, 2:53
17.  Waltz of the Flowers, 7:53
Copyright © 1993. Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc. Used by permission.

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (The Lower Falls Service), Nicholas White
SATB Choir, Oboe, Organ
Music of Nicholas White
20 pgs., 8.5" x 11"
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This meditative setting of the “Canticle of the Virgin Mary” and the “Canticle of Simeon,” entitled, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (The Lower Falls Service), by Nicholas White, perfectly sets the atmosphere of liturgical prayer.

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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 Spirit of the Liturgy
Pope Benedict XVI's favorite liturgical book
Rev. Romano Guardini
6 wide x 9 tall, Perfect-bound Paperback, 61 pages
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Biretta Books is proud to present Rev. Romano Guardini’s profound reflection, The Spirit of the Liturgy, which discusses the nature of liturgical worship still stands as a guiding light for today’s renewal of worship and prayer.

In poetic terms, The Spirit of the Liturgy clarifies the underlying principles and existential implications of the belief that when Christians join in the Eucharist and other liturgical celebrations, they do so not as discrete individuals but as interconnected members of the one Mystical Body of Christ.

Rev. Romano Guardini (17 February 1885, Verona – 1 October 1968, Munich) was a Catholic priest, author, and academic. He was one of the most important figures in Catholic intellectual life in the 20th century.

Pontifical Low Mass (DVD & Booklet)
According to the 1962 Pontificale Romanum
Canons Regular of St. John Cantius
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This DVD & Booklet from the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius provides instruction on the Pontifical Low Mass as it is celebrated in accord with the 1962 Pontificale Romanum.




The DVD video demonstrates how to serve the Bishop’s Low Mass (both for clergy and altar boys).  The booklet corresponds to the DVD and will assist in training clergy and servers in how to properly serve Pontifical Low Mass.

PONTIFICAL LOW MASS
filmed at
ST. JOHN CANTIUS CHURCH - CHICAGO
with
THE CANONS REGULAR OF ST. JOHN CANTIUS
on
SEPTUAGESIMA SUNDAY - FEBRUARY 23, 2014

CELEBRANT
The Most Reverend Eduardo José Castillo Pino
Auxiliary Bishop of Portoviejo, Ecuador

ASSISTANT PRIESTS-CAPELLANI
Fr. Scott Haynes, S.J.C.
Fr. Robin Kwan, S.J. C.

BOOK BEARER
Br. Juan Garcia, S.J. C.

BUGIA BEARER
Br. Mark Visconti, S.J.C.

ACOLYTES
Br. Nathan Ford, S.J.C.
Br. Andrew Panzer, S.J.C.

Copyright. © 2014. Biretta Books. Chicago. All Rights Reserved.

Additional Resources
Dress of a Bishop
Father Fortescue’s “Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described” (pg. 72-75)

CD - O Holy Night
Christmas Carols - Sacred & Secular
Choirs of St. John Cantius, Chicago with Symphony Orchestra
CD Jewel Case
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TRACK LISTING

1 hour and 20 minutes of fantastic Christmas music!

1. JINGLE BELLS (1:48) Arr. Rev. Scott A. Haynes, S.J.C. (b. 1971)
2. DECK THE HALLS (1:33) Arr. Sir David Willcocks (b. 1919)
3. HARK THE HERALD ANGEL SINGS (2:50)  Arr. Sir David Willcocks (b. 1919)
4. SILENT NIGHT (8:41) Arr. Rev. Scott A. Haynes, S.J.C. (b. 1971)
5. DING DONG MERRILY ON HIGH (2:11) Arr. Charles Wood (1866 - 1926)
6. O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL (4:01) Arr. Sir David Willcocks (b. 1919)
7. O CHRISTMAS TREE (2:17) Arr. Rev. Scott A. Haynes, S.J.C. (b. 1971)
8. PERSONET HODIE (2:09) Arr. John Rutter (b. 1945)
9. LET ALL MORTAL FLESH KEEP SILENCE (4:10) 18th Century French Carol, Arr. Gustav Holst
10. O HOLY NIGHT (3:51) Arr. Rene Clausen (b. 1953)
11. HERE WE COME A-WASSALING (2:03)  Arr. Rev. Scott A. Haynes, S.J.C. (b. 1971)
12. GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN (3:40) Arr. Sir David Willcocks (b. 1919)
13. THE BOAR’S HEAD CAROL (1:32) Arr. Rev. Scott A. Haynes, S.J.C. (b. 1971)
14. JOY TO THE WORLD (4:03) Arr. Rev. Scott A. Haynes, S.J.C. (b. 1971)
15. PUERI CONCINITE (4:15) Johann von Herbeck (1831-1877)
16. THE FIRST NOWELL (3:26) Arr. Sir David Willcocks (b. 1919)
17. LUX ARUMQUE (3:42)  Eric Whitacre (b. 1970)
18. DOWN IN YON FOREST (3:38) Arr. Ralph Vaughn Williams (1872-1958)
19. CПАСЕНИЕ COДEЛAЛ/SALVATION IS CREATED (Sung in Russian) (3:19) Paul Tschesnokoff (1877-1944)
20. WHAT IS THIS LOVELY FRAGRANCE? (3:13) Arr. Healey Willan (1880-1968)
21. LET ALL MORTAL FLESH KEEP SILENCE (3:32) Sir Edward Bairstow (1874-1946)
22. GESU BAMBINO (4:26) Pietro Alessandro Yon (1886-1943)
23. GOOD KING WENCESLAS (2:45) Arr. Reginald Jacques (1894-1969)
24. WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS (1:32) Arr. Arthur Warrell (1900-1970)

Director: Rev. Scott A. Haynes, S.J.C.
Concert Master: Henry Criz
Organist: Walter Whitehouse

Soloists: Trevór Mitchell (7, 10, 11, 15, 18, 22), Christine Kelner (2, 13) Carol Loverde (4, 11, 20), Michelle Mitsui (4), Gerald Virgil (4, 21), Eric Wallbruch (4), Stephanie Sheffield (9, 13, 17), Bill McMurray (22), Laura Lynch (13, 23), David Dubois (21, 23).

Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs
Rev. Francis X. Weiser, S.J.
384 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", softcover
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Receive more graces from the liturgical year, the year of God’s grace, as you learn the importance of the Church’s rich history.

As you re-introduce in your own home the traditional Christian customs known by Catholics throughout the ages, your family will live the faith in a more integrated way, and come to love the liturgy
that is our heritage and tradition.

CONTENTS
Preface
Foreword
List of Abbreviations

PART I
1. Sundays
2. Weekdays
3. Ember Days
4. Rogation Days

PART II
5. Advent
6. Feast of the Nativity
7. Christmas Hymns and Carols
8. Christmas Symbols and Customs
9. Christmas Foods
10. Christmas Week
11. Feast of Circumcision
12. Feast of the Epiphany
13. Pre-Lent
14. Lent
15. Holy Week
16. Easter
17. Easter Songs and Customs
18. Feast of the Ascension
19. Feast of the Pentecost
20. Feast of the Holy Trinity
21. Feast of Corpus Christi
22. Thanksgiving

PART III
23. Veneration of Saints
24. Main Feasts of Mary
25. Other Feasts of Mary
26. All Saints and All Souls
27. Saints’ Days I
28. Saints’ Days II

Dictionary of Terms
Index

Explanation of the The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
Rev. Martin of Cochem
448 pages, 6" x 9" softcover
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Rev. Father Martin von Cochem, of the Capuchin Order, wrote many erudite and edifying spiritual treatises. None of these, however, is equal in learning and in practical usefulness to his Explanation of the The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which is compiled from the teaching of the holy Catholic Church, of the early fathers, of contemporary theologians and spiritual writers.

It is, moreover, written in an agreeable and impressive manner, and the perusal of it cannot fail to give the reader a better acquaintance with the nature of the Mass, to inflame him with devotion for it, and greatly to increase his desire to lose no opportunity of celebrating the Holy Sacrifice or assisting at it, as the case may be. 

Father Martin von Cochem was born at Cochem, on the Moselle, in the year 1625, and died at Waghausel in 1712. Over two hundred years have now elapsed since his Explanation of the Holy Mass was first published.

God alone knows how much good it has done to countless numbers of the faithful. Now, if at that time a book of this description was greatly wanted to bring Christians back to the true well-spring of grace, the right form of divine worship, the need for it is even more urgent in the present day, since, under existing circumstances, Catholics are exposed to still greater dangers than they then were, both in regard to faith and practice.

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is, as Father von Cochem rightly says, an inexhaustible treasury, whence we all, sinners as well as just, may draw the riches we stand in want of. It is the fount of which we all must drink if we would remain steadfast in the practice of virtue or be purged from our sins. But who can appreciate aright, or make any use of, that of which he knows nothing?

Wherefore it is to be desired above all things in our own day to make the inestimable treasures that lie hidden in the holy Mass more widely known; and no better means of doing this can be found than by placing within the reach of all this Explanation of the Holy Mass, by Father Martin von Cochem. 

Sacred Treasures of the Mass
To help you pray the Mass with faith and reverence
St. Leonard of Port Maurice
6" x 9" soft-cover, 81 pages
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The Altar of the Mass is the holy house of Nazareth, the crib of Bethlehem, the Egyptian place of exile, the hill of Calvary, the garden-tomb in which Our Saviour’s corpse reposed, and the Mount of Olives from which He ascended. The Passion, it is true, is that which is primarily represented and continued in the Holy Mass; yet the prayers and rites of the sacrifice refer, at times, to other mysteries. Thus the dropping of a part of the Sacred Host into the chalice, before the Agnus Dei, represents the reunion of Christ’s soul with His Body and Blood on the morning of the Resurrection. For a description of the many and beautiful analogies between the Eucharistic life of Our Lord and His sacred Infancy.

The Mass is truly a “Sacred Treasure,” and, alas, our cold, dead faith allows it to remain so. If we valued it as we ought, we would hurry every morning to the church, careless of the snows of winter and the heats of summer, in order to get a share of the riches of this treasure. The Saints knew the value of one Mass: that was a dark day in their calendar on which they were deprived of the happy privilige of saying or hearing Mass.

For example, although St. Francis de Sales was overburdened with apostolic work on the Mission of the Chablais, he made it a point never to miss his daily Mass. In order to keep his holy resolution, he had frequently to cross the river Drance, to the village of Marin, in which there was a Catholic church. It happened, in the winter of 1596, that a great freshet carried away a portion of the bridge over the stream, and the passengers were, in consequence, compelled to cross on a plank laid over those arches of the broken structure that had withstood the waters. Heavy falls of snow, followed by severe frosts, made this board very slippery, so that it became dangerous to attempt passing on it; but St. Francis was not to be deterred, for, despite the remonstrances of his friends, he made the perilous journey every morning, creeping over the icy plank on his hands and feet, thus daily risking his life rather than lose Mass. 

Sacred Treasures of the Mass by St. Leonard of Port Maurice will stir the soul to practice the Catholic faith with zeal and ardour.  This saintly writer truly inspires the Christian soul to strive for perfection through deep and devout devotion to the Mass.

These are the Sacraments
A Book to Strengthen your Catholic Faith
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
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Biretta Books is proud to present this masterwork of the great Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen! These Are the Sacraments is a lucidly written presentation of the seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church.

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen is responsible for this memorable and dramatic book which defines the meanings of the Sacraments to man, their power, and their application.

Bishop Sheen first analyzes the necessity for the Sacraments and gives an explanation of their origin. Then he delves into each, beginning with the rebirth of the Christian at Baptism, continuing on with the strength received at Confirmation, the reception of the Body and Blood of Christ in Holy Communion, the forgiveness of sins in Penance, the anointing of the body in the Last Sacrament, the power of Consecration granted the men receiving Holy Orders, and the nuptial blessing obtained by those who receive Matrimony.

In his text, Bishop Sheen skillfully describes the elements particular to each Sacrament, defining the matter and form necessary for valid administration.

The Divine Romance
Falling in Love with God
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
51 pages, 6" x 9", Softcover
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Biretta Books is proud to present this masterwork of the great Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen!

In The Divine Romance, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen delves into love and life with all its pain, sorrow, loneliness and human failures from the perspective of our human quest for God, the inner life of the Trinity, the outpouring of the Spirit and most of all the Lord of Calvary and Easter.

The Divine Romance touches on perennial themes and is a classic that has a power to heal, help and inspire the reader.

In his crisp pastoral style, Sheen describes the believer’s spiritual journey back to the Father with all of its ecclesial dimensions.

Christ guides our mystical journey and forms us into his very Body on Earth. 

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas CD
Christmas music for choir & orchestra as well as the classic Stories of Christmas
Christmas Festival Choir of St. John Cantius and Chamber String Orchestra
Jewel-case CD
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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas presents Christmas music (choir & orchestra) as well as the classic Stories of Christmas. 

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Get 4 copies for $40 (save $20)

Pre-order now. CD’s should be in stock by November 3 at the latest.

Sample Tracks





Track Listings




CD Length: 1 hour and 20 minutes
Musicians: Christmas Festival Choir of St. John Cantius & Chamber String Orchestra
Director: Fr. Scott A. Haynes, SJC
Musical Assistant: Terry Sullivan
Graphic Design: Julie Streeter
Recording: Rudy Geter and Br. Andrew Panzer, SJC
Readers: Anthony Mockus, Actor, & Fr. C. Frank Phillips, CR, Pastor of St. John Cantius, Chicago

SACRED CHRISTMAS MOTETS & CAROLS



1.  Hodie Christus (1:48) Healey Willan
2.  Away in a Manger (2:04) Arr. Rev. Scott A. Haynes, S.J.C.
3.  Noël Nouvelet (2:43) Arr. Michael McGlynn
4.  The Three Kings (3:18) Healey Willan
5.  Here are we in Bethlehem (2:19) Healey Willan
6.  What Child is This (4:35) Arr. Rev. Scott A. Haynes, S.J.C.
7.  O Magnum Mysterium (2:54) Nicholas White
8.  O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (4:12) Arr. Rev. Scott A. Haynes, S.J.C.
9.  Lully, Lulla, thou Little Tiny Child (3:21) Kenneth Leighton  

CHRISTMAS MUSIC FOR CHAMBER STRING ORCHESTRA



10. Sleeper’s Wake (3:34) Johann Sebastian Bach
11. Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring (3:37) Johann Sebastian Bach
12. Pastores a Belen (2:05) Leroy Anderson
13. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (2:58) Leroy Anderson
14. O Little Town of Bethlehem (3:01) Leroy Anderson
15. Bring a Torch Jeanette, Isabella (1:35) Leroy Anderson
16. Away in a Manger (2:29) Leroy Anderson
17. Wassail Song (2:08) Leroy Anderson  

THE STORY OF CHRISTMAS



18. The Nativity Story (2:18) Gospel of St. Luke
19. The Night the Animals Talked (4:21) Fr. C. Frank Phillips, C.R.
20. A Christmas Carol (5:58) Charles Dickens
21. Christmas in the Trenches (4:07) John McCutcheon
22. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (3:48) Clement Clarke Moore

FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS SONGS



23. The Little Drummer Boy (2:56) Arr. Davis, Onorati and Simeone
24. Fum, Fum, Fum (1:17) Arr. Rev. Scott A. Haynes, S.J.C.
25. Tomorrow shall be my Dancing Day (1:36) Arr. Rev. Scott A. Haynes, S.J.C.
26. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (2:44) Arr. Ryan Brandau            
                                                                       

Who is She that Ascendeth, Healey Willan
Motet for the Assumption of Mary
Healey Willan Society
8 pages, Newly typeset, Letter Booklet
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Who is She that Ascendeth by the Dean of Canadian Composers, Healey Willan, is a festive motet for SATB Choir (a capella) with divisi.

Healey Willan is considered Canada’s most important composer. Among his amazing repertoire of opera, chamber music, symphonic literature and more, his sacred music for worship is of the highest quality.

This extraordinary setting of a text for the Assumption of the Virgin Mary was dedicated to John Finley Williamson and the famed Westminster Choir of Princeton, New Jersey. It has strikingly original harmonies which create a mood of mysticism rather than modernism. It rapidly and aptly shifts to adapt itself to the fast-changing changing imagery of the text. An outstanding brief choral work that is very singable, but will provide your singers a worthy challenge!

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

The Choir Invisible, Nicholas White
SATB Choir, Divisi, with Organ
Music of Nicholas White
16 pgs., 8.5" x 11"
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The Choir Invisible, an anthem by Nicholas White, for SATB Choir (Divisi) and organ, is an invigorating musical setting of an inspiring poem by George Eliot (1819-1880).

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

George Eliot (1819-1880), the pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans, is widely recognized as one of the most important writers of the nineteenth century; yet her two volumes of poetry are often ignored in modern critical assessments. Like so many of her contemporaries, Eliot tried to make significant literary contributions in more than one genre; her poems—both narrative and lyric—deal, however, with some of the same themes which inform her novels and short stories. Her poems are less accomplished than her prose fiction—only one poem, “O May I Join the Choir Invisible,” has achieved any lasting fame—but they do stand as an informative window on to her life as a writer.


TEXT

O May I join the choir invisible
Of those immortal dead who live again
In minds made better by their presence: live
In pulses stirr’d to generosity, 
In deeds of daring rectitude, in scorn
For miserable aims that end with self, 
In thoughts sublime that pierce the night like stars, 
And with their mild persistence urge man’s search
To vaster issues. 
      So to live is heaven: 
To make undying music in the world, 
Breathing as beauteous order that controls
With growing sway the growing life of man. 
So we inherit that sweet purity
For which we struggled, fail’d, and agoniz’d
With widening retrospect that bred despair. 
Rebellious flesh that would not be subdued, 
A vicious parent shaming still its child, 
Poor anxious penitence, is quick dissolv’d; 
Its discords, quench’d by meeting harmonies, 
Die in the large and charitable air. 
And all our rarer, better, truer self, 
That sobb’d religiously in yearning song, 
That watch’d to ease the burthen of the world, 
Laboriously tracing what must be,   
And what may yet be better,—saw within
A worthier image for the sanctuary, 
And shap’d it forth before the multitude, 
Divinely human, raising worship so
To higher reverence more mix’d with love,— 
That better self shall live till human Time
Shall fold its eyelids, and the human sky
Be gather’d like a scroll within the tomb Unread forever. 
      This is life to come, 
Which martyr’d men have made more glorious    
For us who strive to follow. May I reach
That purest heaven, be to other souls
The cup of strength in some great agony, 
Enkindle generous ardor, feed pure love, 
Beget the smiles that have no cruelty,
Be the sweet presence of a good diffus’d, 
And in diffusion ever more intense! 
So shall I join the choir invisible
Whose music is the gladness of the world.

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 ‘Dona Nobis Pacem,’ Jean Langlais
Unison Chorus and Organ
Latin Edition edited by Rev. Scott A. Haynes, S.J.C. with Marie-Louise Langlais
20 Pages, Newly Typeset, Letter Booklet
Product #: SY654
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Lovers of choral and organ music will rejoice to find this work of Jean Langlais, the great French organist and composer—the Missa ‘Dona Nobis Pacem.’

Editions of Missa ‘Dona Nobis Pacem’

New Latin Edition
New English Edition

The New Latin Edition is available now, but the New English Edition will be available by the end of summer.

About Missa ‘Dona Nobis Pacem’

One year before the promulgation Pope Paul VI’s constitution De Sacra Liturgia, Jean Langlais prepared music for the celebration of the liturgy in the vernacular. He wrote some music for the Mass in French, but also, in English. Thus, Missa ‘Dona Nobis Pacem,’ composed between April and July 1962, was originally written in English and for use with the vernacular liturgy.

In composing this Missa ‘Dona Nobis Pacem,’ Langlais intended a simple musical form, composing a Mass for unison voices.  The Mass, accompanied by organ, may also “be sung throughout by Women alone or Men alone,” as Langlais indicated in the musical score published first in 1963 by The H.W.Gray Company, Inc.

The original English text was approved by the Diocesan Music Commission, but with the change of English translation in 1970, this original edition published by H.W. Gray in 1963 became obsolete for liturgical use.

Rev. Scott A. Haynes, S.J.C., working with Marie-Louise Langlais, has now prepared a new English edition of Missa ‘Dona Nobis Pacem’ that may be used in conjunction with the third edition of the Roman Missal currently in use in the English-speaking world. Father Haynes and Mme. Langlais have also prepared a Latin edition of the Langlais Missa ‘Dona Nobis Pacem, making the Mass more universally available for liturgical use. Both the new English edition and the new Latin edition of the Missa ‘Dona Nobis Pacem’ are available through Biretta Books.

About Jean Langlais

Born on February 15, 1907, in La Fontenelle, Brittany, France, a small village near by the Mont Saint-Michel, Jean Langlais became blind from the age of two. Sent to the Paris National Institute for the Young Blind in 1918, he studied piano, violon, harmony and organ with great blind teachers among other Albert Mahaut and Andre Marchal.

Later, he entered the Paris National Conservatory of Music in Marcel Dupre organ class, obtaining a First Prize in 1930. In 1931, he received the “Grand Prix d’Execution et Improvisation des Amis de l’Orgue”, after having studied improvisation with Charles Tournemire. He ended his studies with a Composition Prize in Paul Dukas class at the Paris Conservatory in 1934.

Professor for forty years at the National Institute for the Young Blind, he also taught at the Paris Schola Cantorum where, between 1961 and 1976, he influenced both french and foreign students.
In 1945, he became the successor to Cesar Franck and Charles Tournemire at the prestigious organ tribune of Sainte-Clotilde in Paris. He left that position in 1987 at the age of 80, having been titular for 42 years.

A great recitalist, he played more than 300 concerts in North America. A prolific composer, his catalog of works comprises 254 opus numbers (organ, vocal and instrumental music).
Jean Langlais died in Paris, on May 8, 1991, at the age of 84.

While All Things Were in Quiet Silence, Healey Willan
Christmas Anthem for SATB Choir and Organ
Healey Willan Society
8 pages, Newly Typeset, Letter Booklet
Product #: SY652
$2.65 (minimum order of 4)
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Your choir needs new music for this Christmas!  Order the English anthem, While All Things Were in Quiet Silence, 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.

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Very Bread, Good Shepherd, Tend Us, Healey Willan
Six Motets: No. 3
Healey Willan Society
8 pages, Newly Typeset, Letter Booklet
Product #: SY641
$1.95 (minimum order of 4)
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Your choir will love this Eucharistic splendid motet, Very Bread, Good Shepherd, Tend Us by the Dean of Canadian Composers, Healey Willan. It is a marvelous choral motet for SATB Choir a capella.  Add this to your choir’s repertoire and they will love you for 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

There were shepherds abiding in the field, Healey Willan
Christmas Anthem for SATB Choir (divisi) and Organ
Healey Willan Society
8 pages, Letter Booklet, Newly Typeset
Product #: SY651
$2.95 (minimum order of 5)
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Available Fall 2014

Perfect for Christmas, There were shepherds abiding in the field, a Christmas anthem by the Dean of Canadian Composers, Healey Willan, takes its text from the Gospel of St. Luke, and is a choral motet for SATB Choir (with some divisi), accompanied by organ. It will be an exciting, a dramatic, and a favorite addition to your choir’s Christmas repertoire.

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

The Reproaches, Healey Willan
For Holy Week
Healey Willan Society
8 pages, Newly Typeset, Letter Booklet
Product #: SY653
$2.70 (minimum order of 4)
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Available Fall 2014

Need something new for Holy Week? Try The Reproaches by the Dean of Canadian Composers, Healey Willan. It is a marvelous choral work for double SATB Choir. Written in English, it is a powerful setting for the Good Friday Liturgy.

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

Missa SS. Phillipi et Jacobi, Healey Willan
Mass for a capella choir, English or Latin
Healey Willan Society
24 pages, Newly Typeset, Letter Booklet
Product #: SY642
$3.65 (minimum order of 4)
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Missa SS. Phillipi et Jacobi, by the Dean of Canadian Composers, Healey Willan, is a glorious Missa Brevis setting every choir should know.  Written for a capella choir, Healey Willan knows how to move the soul.  His liturgical musical works, like the Missa SS. Phillipi et Jacobi, genuinely inspire souls to ascend to God. The music reveals a deep reverence and inspires the attitude of prayer.

In this special edition we have provided Willan’s original version in English, as well as a version that can be sung in Latin, making the Missa SS. Phillipi et Jacobi highly versatile for liturgical use. This new edition of Missa SS. Phillipi et Jacobi by Healey Willan, thus, includes:

1. Kyrie (Greek)
2. Lord, have mercy (English)
3. Responses to the Commandments (English)
4. Sanctus (English)
5. Sanctus (Latin)
6. Benedictus (English)
7. Benedictus (Latin)
8. Agnus Dei (English)
9. Agnus Dei (Latin)

This edition of Missa SS. Phillipi et Jacobi is versatile.

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