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Videos for Cantors

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 14:27pm on 13th January 2018
In these three videos, I introduce and explain the role of the Cantor. Full of useful tips for both new and experienced cantors. 1) The role of the Cantor in liturgy 2) The particular responsibilities of the Cantor 3) The practicialities of choosing and introducing music for the Mass

I know I know that hymn

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 14:26pm on 13th January 2018
Ever started a hymn you thought everyone knew only to be met by stunned silence from your congregation?   Andy Chamberlain of Musicademy pointed out the elephant in the room (church / song-room / rehearsal space) when he blogged that when it comes to worship ‘most of the time people don’t sing the...

Music at a Time of Penitence

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 05:45am on 18th February 2017
Promote prayer, fasting, and charity in your choice and presentation of Lenten music Be restrained musically during Lent to reflect the penitential nature of the season Where possible, introduce during Lent pieces to repeat during the Triduum During Lent, carefully chosen music helps Catholics deepen their experience of this transformative season.  Hymns such...

Musically making ready to receive the Lord

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 05:25am on 12th November 2016
Singing more than O come, o come Emmanuel this Advent TO DO: Simplify music in Advent to contrast with decorative elaborate Christmas music             Leave Christmas music until Christmas; sing Advent songs during Advent.             Reflect Advent themes in your Mass settings as well as hymns. More than any other season, Advent is characterised...

Who shows mercy?

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 11:17am on 28th May 2016
How have you heard about the Year of Mercy?  Who has told you about it?  Where have you experienced it?  I wouldn’t be surprised if your answer was: mainly from priests and in Confession, since many parishes have observed the Year of Mercy by providing more access to the Sacrament...

Set in stone

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 04:00am on 29th June 2015
Stone features in most of our churches, but its significance as a symbol in worship is sometimes overlooked.  It’s there in the foundations, walls, and furniture, but it seems primarily functional.  It forms the permanent fixtures symbolising what abides for ever, unchanging.  Of course, this can be comforting or obstructive.  The...

Moved

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 02:22am on 2nd July 2014
Liturgy is a moving experience.   The processions of every Mass (most noticeably to Communion) symbolise journeying in faith towards God, then sharing with others after an encounter with Him.  The faithful move together daily, weekly, and via lifetime milestones: weddings, baptisms, 1st Holy Communion, Reconciliation, Confirmation, Ordination and installation, healing...

The song, the sound, and the silence

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 10:21am on 5th April 2012
The Catholic press reported a few congregations resisting the new translation deliberately with rebellious silence.  Some worshippers responded with silence for fear of making mistakes, unsure which phrases had changed and which remained unaffected.  Where Catholics are voicing the new texts in speech and song with increasing confidence, initial hesitation...
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