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29 May 2009
Veni Creator variations - veneration of Duruflé's

Once again, St. Thomas, New York will conduct their veneration of the most blessed variations on "Veni Creator" by Maurice Duruflé on Pentecost Sunday.

This week's service leaflet will only be available for a limited time.

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26 May 2009
Muhly, Nico - on church music

(The other side-thought here is that church music has a wonderful built-in resistance to the horizontal expectation line because the music itself is pointing elsewhere. Church music isn’t saying, here here, listen to my wonderful five-part mass; instead, it’s saying, turn your thoughts to those around you, and upwards, while this wonderful music unfurls. Unless the music is distracting or terribly performed, it’s hard to run afoul of the basic contemplative program.)

"What to expect if you're expecting" from Nico Muhly's blog.

Click through for a delightful recording and analysis of John Blow's Salvator mundi (and follow along with a score from CPDL)

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25 May 2009
liturgical calendar - 2010

Woot! Kelly Puckett's 2010 Liturgical Calendar is online.

Now a reminder:

The 75th General Convention in June, 2006 directed that the Revised Common Lectionary replace the Book of Common Prayer lectionary "effective the First Sunday of Advent 2007; with the provision for continued use of the previous Lectionary for purposes of orderly transition, with the permission of the ecclesiastical authority, until the First Sunday of Advent 2010 (A077)."

Kelly Puckett's calendar does continue include the BCP lectionary for Advent 2010.


24 May 2009
Jackson Kemper - feast of

We're not observing the Feast of Jackson Kemper this year since the date falls on a Sunday. But if we were . . .

About one such lonesome spot amid the wet forest the following veracious conversation between a settler and an inquiring stranger is reported to have taken place. The melancholy, monotonous, monosyllabic replies tell volumes. "What's your place called?" "Moggs'." "What sort of land thereabouts?" "Bogs." "What's the climate?" "Fogs." "What's your name?" "Scroggs." "What's your house built of?" "Logs." "What do you have to eat?" "Hogs." "Have you any neighbors?" "Frogs." "Gracious! Haven't you any comforts?" "GROG."

from "An Apostle of the Western Church Memoir of the Right Reverend Jackson Kemper Doctor of Divinity, First Missionary Bishop of the American Church With Notices of Some of His Contemporaries" by the Rev. Greenough White, 1900

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16 May 2009
pedestrians - hooray for

In New York's Times Square, a massive sidewalk emerges. (via

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15 May 2009
Simper, Caleb - literary reference to

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An average man By Robert Hugh Benson

Ah, just one of the many Caleb Simper references in the literature.

But who's "Gadsby"? More obscure Anglican church music to research . . .

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13 May 2009
chant book - the Westminster Abbey

Google Books has the Westminster Abbey Chant Book published in 1894.

A number of triple chants are included.

No BRIDOE Dr J FⅠ ⅠA 3 459 ハハ 父 打 aⅠgedby inB レ 163 451 ハ れ 五 ロ A レ 281 BUTToN H BLLIoT inC 595 TRIPLECHANTS No No fCowARD J Ⅱ in tKBBTON Dr H in B 16 STA NER Si r J nGmⅠ 丼 り ア e 几 リ nC ヱ め 246 FosTER M B り nG 416 几 I nCmf 丼 叶 ク 45 I HAYNEs B in F a86 404 I nG 舛 I 丼 クア 386

Here's one by Stainer that is printed first in minor then major:

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11 May 2009
week - feastless

It's the first feastless week of the year. There are no feasts (lesser or greater) this week in the church calendar.

Why, only last week we were treated to such niceties as Monnica (with two n's, mind you), Dame Julian of Norwich, and Gregory of Nazianzus.

Back in January, we had a feastful week with the Confession of St. Peter (transferred), Fabian, Agnes, Vincent, Phillips Brooks, and the Ordination of Florence Li Tim-Oi.

So, this week, no excuses, no distractions -- except maybe here on the blog. Use this week to recover; there's another feastful week coming up August 9 (Laurence, Clare, Flo Nightengale, Jeremy Taylor, Jonathan Myrick Daniels, and the Ever Blessed Virgin).

But another feastless week shows up on Advent 3.



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