Lincoln Diocese 3rd Annual Sacred Music Clinic
  • Registration is still open for the Sacred Music Clinic in Lincoln this year, musicians from neighboring dioceses are welcome!

    This year to feature talks on funeral liturgies, resources, and more.
    Clinicians and choir directors include Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz, Father Daniel Rayer, Father Brendan Kelly, Father Justin Wylie, Amy Flamminio, Nicholas Lemme, Amy Johnson, Mary Odgaard, and other Nebraska church musicians.
    Father Rayer, chairman of the diocesan liturgical commission, will give the opening address focusing on options for the music of the funeral rite. The Mass for the Order of Christian Funerals, traditionally known as the “Requiem Mass,” has many beautiful chants that have been celebrated for centuries, but have often fallen into disuse in recent times, Father Rayer explained. “The Requiem Mass gets its name from the Introit for the funeral Mass that begins, ‘Requiem aeternam’ or in English, ‘Eternal rest,’” Father Rayer said. “We will look at this chant and some of the other classic chants for the funeral Mass, as well as some English chants and hymn adaptations which could be used in our parishes today to incorporate into our funeral liturgies some of the ideas and prayers found in the traditional chants.” Other topics will include Bishop Bruskewitz’s memories of attending Vatican II as a young priest, Father Wylie’s reflections on the importance of singing the Psalms, practical sessions on selecting music for Mass, and more. Mary Odgaard, music director at St. Peter Parish in Lincoln, will give a breakout session on fostering the fellowship and prayer life of a choir.

    Participants will also have the chance to join one of two choirs during the day to sing for closing Mass at 4 p.m. This opportunity to sing sacred music with larger numbers of musicians is a special treat each year for many musicians who come from small parishes in the Diocese. It is also a chance to participate in what the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy calls “a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art”—the musical treasures of the Church, the singing of Psalms, prayers, and the Mass itself. The closing Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz and is open to the public.

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    Tentative Schedule
    9:00-9:30 am - Sung Morning Prayer
    9:30-10:30 am - Opening Talk and Funeral Liturgy Chants
    10:45 - 12 Noon - 1st Choir rehearsal
    12-1:00 - Lunch
    1:00-1:45 - 1st Break-out Sessions
    2:00-2:45 - 2nd Break-out Sessions
    3:00-3:45 2nd Choir rehearsal
    4:00 pm Mass celebrated by Bishop Bruskewitz

    5:30pm Dinner