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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 […]

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The Glorious Mysteries of Heinrich Biber

Virtuoso violinist and musical mystic, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644-1704) wrote flamboyantly colorful music which exudes a distinctively Catholic spirit. The Baroque era, of which he was a leading light, was dedicated to the idea that music had the power to express universal human emotions and states of the soul.  Not only vocal music, but instrumental as […]

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The Girl You Think I Am

The Girl You Think I Am: lyrics and reflection Carrie Underwood   Since my earliest memories, music has been a large part of my life. Whether it was listening to classical music as I fell asleep as a child or the constant stream of Pandora which accompanies me throughout the day, music provides the soundtrack […]

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Oh, Won’t You Stay With Me?

It’s another song post from me. I can’t help it. Music—soulful, heart-breaking music—is the sound of us. It’s the sound of our deepest needs and desires. Songs like “Stay With Me,” by Sam Smith, is one of them. I know this has been around for a couple years now, but really look at the lyrics again: Guess […]

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The 12 Days of Christmas is Actually a Catholic Song

As we are in the 12 days until the Epiphany, I thought this was very timely. Everyone knows this song. But as another writer said, “What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won’t come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?” The best […]

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