Three steps for a perfect liturgy

“…the essence of the liturgy can continue to be a slippery thing. In fact, by way of illustration, explain to your spouse, friend, or coworker—or even yourself—in 50 words or less, what the liturgy is.

How did you do?… “

Traditionis Custodes update

For an update of the application of the new Motu Proprio “Traditionis Custodes” in each diocese, see this link:

If your bishop has not communicated yet, no news is good news…


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Click on the coming Sundays to download sheet music and sound files of the sung Proper of the Mass. The sound files are unaccompanied (a-cappella) to replicate as closely as possible the conditions of individual practice at home. Three versions:

  • Roman Gradual, in Latin (the universal and official music of each Mass)
  • Two English translations: a very simple one, and another closer to the original Latin.



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Reality of rhythmic movement – Nature of vocal movement.

Yesterday, I posted here an article titled A Modal Mentality for Modal Music. I found it brought new “modal” light on a reality that was already well explained by Dom André Mocquereau in “Le nombre Grégorien” (1904) in his paragraphs about “the reality of rhythmic movement” and “the nature of vocal movement”.

Short excerpts:

In modern philosophy, to move signifies to ”change place”; whereas in the philosophy of Aristotle, to move meant merely “to change”.(…)
The voice articulates a phrase, declaims a verse, or sings a melody: it moves in its own way and in a sense no less real. (…) Evidently, the movement is no longer local, nor visible, it is sonorous and vocal, but nevertheless real.

“The human voice is so essentially a part of the vital principle, that it is universally identified with it in every language, or seriously recognized in its intimate analogy. The word is but a breath, but this breath is the spirit, the soul, and the immaterial principle of life itself. Form, palpable and visible, is indeed a condition of humanity, but movement is its very essence, and the voice is movement. Movement is immaterial and the sound of the voice is both immaterial and impalpable. “

Longer excerpt attached (6 pages) :

A Modal Mentality for Modal Music

This article on requires a little effort, like all valuable things. It begins with…

In its most general context the word modus or ‘mode’ may be defined as ‘amanner or way of acting, doing or being’. In this definition the emphasis is placed on the process of being or of moving toward a certain something which in itself, although constituting the sole reason for the process, can only be the passive result of the way the process itself unfolds.

…and concludes with this gem of a sentence:

In fact chant exists because of the enormous force of attraction of an end which is not an end but a transformation into that which will remain forever beyond us.

I recommend using a pencil when you do, but please, consider reading:

Follow-up post : Reality of rhythmic movement – Nature of vocal movement.

Read more on “modality”: Modality – introduction

Liturgy, Music, and the Church’s Journey from Source to Summit

The liturgy as play. Purpose and meaning

Daily singing to Sunday singing

Beauty and Liturgical Music

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