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Sacred Music Colloquium XX – Pittsburgh, PA

March 12th, 2010, Promulgated by Gen

I have the privilege to attend the twentieth Sacred Music Colloquium, hosted by the people of the CMAA. This year, it will be in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, more specifically, the Church of the Epiphany and the University of Duquesne. I’m still debating how I’m actually getting down there, but that’s another matter.

This year’s Colloquium promises to be absolutely stellar, what with the repertoire including Schubert’s Mass in G, Byrd’s Gradualia, and tons and tons of pieces by Palestrina, Tallis, Brahms, Bach, Mozart, and more. More information can be found  by clicking the link above.

I strongly encourage you to join me. The teachers will be world-class chant experts, who combine a love for the Magisterium with a love for Sacred Music, following the will of the Second Vatican Council which clearly stated that Latin, more precisely Gregorian Chant, has “principum locum” in the liturgy. This has been translated by several “scholars” to mean, “pride of place,” sort of like how Uncle Olaf has a pride of place sitting at the end of the table, head resting in a puddle of drool. No, “principum locum” means “the first place,” “the primary place.”

If we can infuse our parishes, bit by bit, with a love for the sacred, a love for chant and sacred polyphony, you can be certain that we will see people returning to Mass. The music of the liturgy, the true music of the liturgy, is absolutely transcendent – it is something other worldly. Why go to Mass regularly or at all when you get the same folky and hippie tripe Sunday after Sunday? With chant and sacred polyphony, there is an inexhaustible store of musical treasures just waiting to be unearthed from the rubble of the past few decades.

Please, I know it’s an investment, but do consider attending. The Colloquium will last for about seven days – seven days of reverent Masses, perfect music, people of like mind and like action, and a genuine love for all things Catholic.

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9 Responses to “Sacred Music Colloquium XX – Pittsburgh, PA”

  1. avatar Ben Anderson says:

    very cool.

    "I'm still debating how I'm actually getting down there, but that's another matter."

    490 W
    90 W
    79 S
    279 S
    579 S
    Boulevard of the allies
    After that – I don't know because I've never been to Duquesne.

    It's not a bad trip – I do it every couple of months. Enjoy your stay in the City of Champions!

  2. avatar Gen says:

    I probably wont' be driving – time constraints mandate a plane. Although, things are still getting finalized.

    I'll probably see Br. Johnathan – that young fellow we mentioned a few weeks ago. Local talent which migrates to a solid religious order is always something to give us hope.

  3. Maybe I should go. Let me think on it.

  4. avatar Gen says:

    Oh, do go. I can think of no other thing more uplifting than a whole week of reverent Masses, beautiful music, and liturgical-abuse-free existence.

  5. avatar Sister Emily says:

    Sounds like you guys might need a chaperone. AH HA HA !

  6. Ben, Sister Emily, Gen and myself should all go.

  7. avatar Gen says:

    If there was ever a time to do something like this, this is it. Put your deposits in and let the Holy Ghost do the rest!

  8. avatar Ben Anderson says:

    I commented this in the wrong post earlier:

    I would love to go, but there's no way I can take off a whole week w/out involving the family. Take lots of pictures and maybe even do some live blogging.

  9. avatar Gen says:

    I'm planning on it. We'll be thinking of you.

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