hymns

The Resurrection is depicted in "Christ Risen from the Tomb," a painting by Italian Renaissance artist Bergognone. The artwork is from the Samuel H. Kress Collection at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Easter, the feast of the Resurrection, is April 8 in the Latin-rite church this year. (CNS photo/courtesy of the National Gallery of Art) (March 27, 2012)

Hail Thee, Festival Day!

Salve festa dies is a Latin hymn written by the Roman Christian poet St. Venantius Fortunatus (c.530-c. 610).  In its English form Hail Thee, Festival Day—sung to the tune by the English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams—it is often performed on Easter Sunday.  It is a splendid hymn, using the return of Spring as a metaphor for the new life which Christ […]

st-cecelias

Singing Stained Glass

The rose window on the west façade of St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha, Nebraska depicts Saint Cecilia accompanied by a symphony of musical instruments. From the altar, as the sun sets on this beautiful image of the patroness of music, its colors sing down upon the choir loft to silhouette the cathedral’s magnificent organ. In […]

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