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A short history of liturgical music

In the first part of this series on sacred music, I described the meaning of sacred music, the music of the Church’s sacred liturgy, as distinct from “religious music.”

Liturgical Music as participation in Christ

St. Augustine recounts in his autobiography “Confessions” an experience he had during the singing of the Mass.

Local musician honored with ‘National Pastoral Musician of the Year’ award

After 30 years composing hymns and leading music ministry in parishes in the Diocese of Phoenix, Jaime Cortez received prestigious national distinction July 14.

Cathedral’s new music director publishes second book

Following a nationwide search, Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral has hired local composer and author Adam Bartlett as its new music director. Bartlett began...

Sacred music’s role in evangelization

In the first part of this series on sacred music, I described the meaning of sacred music, and the difference between the music of the Church’s sacred liturgy and “religious music” (Dec. 15, 2011). The second part explored, from a historical perspective, the Church’s role in preserving and fostering authentic sacred music for more fruitful participation in the Sacred Mysteries (Jan. 19). In this third part, we now look at the role of sacred music in evangelizing culture.

Church in United states implements Roman Missal in Spanish

Seven years after the Roman Missal was introduced with a new English translation, Spanish-speakers in the United States now have a Roman Missal in their own language that at the same time is uniquely American.

Church choirs enrich liturgy, strengthen and touch hearts

The unified voices and various instruments of a church’s choir gather us in and send us forth. Their melodies lift Catholic hearts on a journey through the Bible and place them at the heavenly banquet.

Response to ‘On Eagle’s Wings’ over the years humbling for composer

Fr. Jan Michael Joncas has composed more than 300 liturgical songs, but his name is widely known for the one that tops a list of favorites: "On Eagle's Wings."

Weekend calendar: March 15-17

Spring is in the air with rummage sales and benefit dinners. So is St. Patrick's Day. Happy feast day to St. Patrick's 4,2111 families in Scottsdale on Sunday. Also, a welcome to students from Ireland on an exchange program at Seton. Check out some Irish and non-Irish things to do this weekend.

Enter more deeply into the penitential season with these Lenten events

Lenten mission with Tom Booth, Parish Mission with Bishop Wall, Lenten Days of Prayer, Reflection at Mount Claret and much more.