The Angelus: English and Latin In Millet’s famous painting, a peasant boy and girl in France recite the Angelus at dark. The Angelus prayer originated during the time of Crusades as a prayer for peace and tranquillity for their country. Audio courtesy of The Congregation of the Daughters of Mary: (more…)
“Qui bene cantat bis orat” | “He who sings, prays twice”, St. Augustine of Hippo.
“Today Our attention is directed to one of the most common of them (abuses), one of the most difficult to eradicate, and the existence of which is sometimes to be deplored in places where everything else is deserving of the highest praise; the beauty and sumptuousness of the temple, the splendor and the accurate performance of the ceremonies, the attendance of the clergy, the gravity and piety of the officiating ministers. Such is the abuse affecting sacred chant and music.”- Pope St. Pius X.
“Laudate Dominum” from Vesperae solennes de confessore, KV 339 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). Singer: Kiri te Kanawa The first part of the text is the entire Psalm 116 . With just two verses and sixteen words in Hebrew, it is the shortest of all 150 psalms. As with the other Psalms, “Laudate Dominum” is concluded with a trinitarian doxology […]
Hymn to the Blessed Virgin Mary: Ave Maris Stella During a riot at Rome, a mob came to the house where St. Bridget lived; a leader talked of burning Bridget alive. She prayed to Our Lord to know if she should flee to safety. Jesus advised her to stay: “It doesn’t matter if they plot Thy […]
At the request of Pope Urban IV St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274) composed the office (the official prayers of the Church) for the feast. This office is the source of the famous Eucharistic hymns Pange Lingua Gloriosi and Tantum Ergo Sacramentum (the final two verses of the Pange Lingua). The hymn expresses the doctrine of transubstantiation, in which, according to […]