Attende Domine et miserere

Attende Domine is a Latin hymn of penitence we have heard many times this Lent. In Paul’s recording of it, the male choir repeatedly and loudly cries the refrain, “Attende Domine, et miserere, quia peccavimus tibi,” which means “Pay attention to us,...

Candlemas — The Feast of the Presentation

Candlemas — The Feast of the Presentation When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord… and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord,...

Advent, past present and future

Now, again, is the time of Advent, which is the traditional period of preparation leading up to Christmas. This is a holy time, as all times are holy. It is unlike other times, even as all times are distinct, and so like each time has its special celebrations. As we...

ambassador, mystic, doctor, bride

This Thursday, October 15, we remember St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church. The Liturgy of the Hours, in both Lauds and Vespers, celebrates Teresa in a hymn written by Pope Urban VIII in 1632, 50 years after her death. (You can watch Lauds and Vespers for...

a little maid to bear a blossom fair

This Christmas we will sing, as is always fitting, “Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming”, but today (September 8) we commemorate a related birth, also sprouting from Jesse’s lineage: Our Blessed Virgin Mary is the dear branch from which that blessed...