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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...

The helper and the helped, the blessing and the blessed

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 01:10am on 1st June 2016
Many human encounters clearly delineate between one who helps and another being helped.  The ‘helping professions’ insist that helpers shouldn’t reveal any personal information to those they help, thus maintaining an image of themselves as strong and capable, so those in need of help receive adequate and appropriate care.  But...

But ...

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 07:24am on 31st October 2014
But …   Dudley Moore and Peter Cook drew much humour from the shortest, simplest words: Not Only … But Also.  The phrase might also be adopted for theological purposes to explain simply the mystery of the incarnation of Christ – not only human, but also divine.  ‘But’ is a key preposition...

Singing the Psalms

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 13:39pm on 13th May 2014
Many churches claim not to sing psalms. I think they mean there’s no evensong with its rich tradition of chanted psalmody, or that a hymn is sung between readings, not a responsorial psalm. In fact, much church music finds its source in the psalms. In exploring the issue of how...

Forgive and Remember

by Frances Novillo
Posted at 11:42am on 1st June 2013
Before celebrating the sacred mysteries, we seek forgiveness, sharing the reality of lives lived as sinners called to be saints – forgiven but not forgetting, since liturgy calls for both repentance and remembrance.  As Timothy Radcliffe writes:   Forgiveness is not the scrubbing out of our sins, pretending that they never happened....
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