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Today is the 1st Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the Church’s year. This program and the next three will focus on the music of Advent and how it can help us to prepare for Our Lord’s birth on Christmas Day.
This program will feature music for the feast of Christ the King. The feast itself is relatively new, as it was proclaimed only in 1925 by Pope Pius XI. Music for this feast ranges from Gregorian chants newly composed to popular hymns in the vernacular languages.
November 22nd is the feast of Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music. Today’s program will feature music associated with this virgin martyr. Her feast day has been very popular throughout the centuries, and much music has been composed in her honor.
Today’s program will focus on the feast of Saint Martin of Tours, which falls on November 11th, on both the traditional and the modern calendars. Saint Martin’s feast day has many Catholic customs associated with it. We will learn about this great saing and some of these customs, as well as listen to music for Saint Martin.
There is a rich repertoire of sacred music composed for these two great feasts which fall on November 1st and 2nd. Today’s program will feature music for the feasts.
October 25th is the feast of the 40 Martyrs of England and Wales, who died for the Faith in the 16th century. This program will feature music associated with English Catholics during this period, and primarily the music of William Byrd. In addition, I will play some contemporary music composed in honor of these brave, holy martyrs.
On this program we will learn about this Polish saint whose feast day (on the Extraordinary Form calendar) is today, and we will hear sacred music sung by the choirs of Chicago’s Saint John Cantius Church. In 1988 this parish was almost ready to be closed down, but thanks to a remarkable transformation and renewal–in which sacred music played a major role–Saint John Cantius is a thriving parish whose liturgies draw people from all over Chicago and the suburbs.
This program–airing on the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel–will feature sacred music that focuses on the role of the angels in our lives.
The music of the sixteenth-century Roman composer, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, has often been held up as the pinnacle of Catholic sacred music. What is it about his music that is so spiritual, and that has caused the Church to mention Palestrina’s music as an ideal.