Call for a CMAA member-wide novena
  • miacoyne
    Posts: 1,805
    Thanks, I'd like to pray for all the musicians and MDs for their courage and wisdom in continuing our tradtion of sacred music in our liturgy, and the leadership of all the holy priests.
    Thanked by 1cesarfranck
  • marymezzomarymezzo
    Posts: 204
    I will join in--and if you can believe it, I will be carrying a relic of St. Cecilia with me to the Colloquium.
  • miacoyne
    Posts: 1,805
    Wonderful. We can say Novena together. Maybe those who wish to say Novena can join together, like after night prayer. (I should check the schedule. Jeffrey kindly put the schedule in this forum.)
  • CharlesW
    Posts: 10,595
    Is anyone else still praying the St. Cecilia novena prayer? I am, but hadn't heard from anyone else about it for some time. I am praying it every day, so it isn't strictly a novena.
  • mjballoumjballou
    Posts: 986
    I think you've turned it into a perpetual novena, CharlesW. When I lived in New York City, there were churches with a perpetual novena going on each weekday - Miraculous Medal, Sacred Heart, St. Joseph, etc.

    I should print this one out and stick it in my Monastic Diurnal.
  • eft94530eft94530
    Posts: 1,574
    Invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members
    Wed Jul 22 through Thu Jul 30 (inclusive)
    Spoken
    http://ceciliaschola.org/pdf/novena-cecilia.pdf
    Chanted
    http://chabanelpsalms.org/CHABANEL_PSALM_TOME/4719_litany_st_cecilia.pdf

    Do join in.
    Even limited prayer (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Saint Cecilia pray for us) is welcome!
  • miacoyne
    Posts: 1,805
    Thanks eft.
  • eft94530eft94530
    Posts: 1,574
    Invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members
    Sat Aug 22 through Sun Aug 30 (inclusive)
    Spoken
    http://ceciliaschola.org/pdf/novena-cecilia.pdf
    Chanted
    http://chabanelpsalms.org/CHABANEL_PSALM_TOME/4719_litany_st_cecilia.pdf

    Do join in.
    Even limited prayer (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Saint Cecilia pray for us) is welcome!
  • Chrism
    Posts: 717
    If I might suggest, a bit belatedly, prayer of some kind from today, August 21st, Feast of St. Pius X in the new calendar, through September 3rd, Feast of St. Pius X in the old calendar, and of St. Gregory the Great in the new calendar, and including the Feast of St. Augustine (Aug. 28 in both calendars).
  • I'm very pleased to join in the St. Cecilia Novena.

    Because of very sad stories I am hearing, I am especially praying for musicians and parishes where a change in pastor has made matters very difficult.
  • eft94530eft94530
    Posts: 1,574
    Invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members
    Tue Sep 22 through Wed Sep 30 (inclusive)
    Spoken
    http://ceciliaschola.org/pdf/novena-cecilia.pdf
    Chanted
    http://chabanelpsalms.org/CHABANEL_PSALM_TOME/4719_litany_st_cecilia.pdf

    Do join in.
    Even limited prayer (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Saint Cecilia pray for us) is welcome!
  • eft94530eft94530
    Posts: 1,574
    Invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members
    Thu Oct 22 through Fri Oct 30 (inclusive)
    Spoken
    http://ceciliaschola.org/pdf/novena-cecilia.pdf
    Chanted
    http://chabanelpsalms.org/CHABANEL_PSALM_TOME/4719_litany_st_cecilia.pdf

    Do join in.
    Even limited daily prayer (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Saint Cecilia pray for us) is welcome!

    Any special needs this month?
  • eft94530eft94530
    Posts: 1,574
    The great Feast of our Patroness has finally arrived!
    Nov 22 Saint Cecilia

    Maybe in addition to our petitions for special needs, we can this time voice our thanks
    for all progress in the cause of sacred music
    whether first-hand or second-hand.

    ---

    Invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members
    Sun Nov 22 through Mon Nov 30 (inclusive)
    Spoken
    http://ceciliaschola.org/pdf/novena-cecilia.pdf
    Chanted
    http://chabanelpsalms.org/CHABANEL_PSALM_TOME/4719_litany_st_cecilia.pdf

    Do join in.
    Even limited daily prayer (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Saint Cecilia pray for us) is welcome!
  • I've been lurking for several weeks, but otherwise have "banned" myself from the board, refraining from actively posting responses or starting new discussion threads.

    For many of us, we've been backed into corners, run out of our jobs, have been scorned and ridiculed (even by our own) for our sometimes overly zealous and tenacious adherence to fidelity to the Mind of the Church. Some of us have been pilloried for daring to question why some in the hierarchy turn a blind eye to the genuine sacrifices of the laity and a deaf ear to their pleas for charity, justice and fidelity to not just the spirit of the Teachings of Mother Church, but the letter of it as well. Others have revelled in provoking or agitating controversy for whatever purposes may motivate them.

    St. Catherine of Sienna did not shrink from her conviction that the Papacy needed to return to Rome from Avignon and risked all to dare to implore the Successor of Peter to see error and correct it. We should not shrink from ours when we see clergy and the Princes of the Church acting contrary to their high calling and great responsibility.

    Our Lord measured charity with firmness. Our Lady said "be it done unto me according to Thy Word."

    We too must be willing to be brave like St. Catherine, be capable of measuring charity with firmness of purpose, be willing to say, "Thy will be done."

    A new liturgical year approaches. We've heard once again during November the warnings and promises of the End of Days in the scriptures. Now we prepare to start again anew, re-entering into the cycle of the Paschal Mystery beginning with the observance of the Nativity of Our Lord in 5 weeks.

    To end the liturgical year with a Novena to the Patroness of Musicians and the Protectress of Scholars is perhaps the best way to return to what we've perhaps lost sight of: the coming of the Kingdom and the welfare of souls.

    Let us pray for peace, pardon and protection.
  • Ken, you have my prayers big time, and I will get my little ones praying for you.
    You mention that you are home bound. Do you have a support network through your parish or otherwise? If not, would you kindly mention how people might assist you on a practical level?
    Sincerely, Mary Ann
  • eft94530eft94530
    Posts: 1,574
    Invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members
    Tue Dec 22 through Wed Dec 30 (inclusive)
    Spoken
    http://ceciliaschola.org/pdf/novena-cecilia.pdf
    Chanted
    http://chabanelpsalms.org/CHABANEL_PSALM_TOME/4719_litany_st_cecilia.pdf

    Do join in.
    Even limited daily prayer (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Saint Cecilia pray for us) is welcome!
  • Invitation for CMAA members join in a Novena beginning today, Feast of the Holy Innocents, through Epiphany Vigil, for the special intention of Fr. Paul Parkerson of Sacred Heart Church, Dunn, NC, in the Diocese of Raleigh.

    Pre-SP, Fr. Parkerson was the only priest who asked for and received the indult for the TLM, and a year after SP Bp. Burbidge named him Bishop's Delegate for Sacred Liturgy in the Forma Extraordinaria.

    Fr. Parkerson will undergo back surgery on 5 January.

    Schola Vox Clara (which I direct) and EF-loving friends are praying the Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes or the Novena to St. Cecilia.
  • eft94530eft94530
    Posts: 1,574
    Invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members
    Fri Jan 22 through Sat Jan 30 (inclusive)
    Spoken
    http://ceciliaschola.org/pdf/novena-cecilia.pdf
    Chanted
    http://chabanelpsalms.org/CHABANEL_PSALM_TOME/4719_litany_st_cecilia.pdf

    Do join in.
    Even limited daily prayer (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Saint Cecilia pray for us) is welcome!
  • eft94530eft94530
    Posts: 1,574
    Invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members
    Mon Feb 22 through Tue Mar 2 (inclusive)
    Spoken
    http://ceciliaschola.org/pdf/novena-cecilia.pdf
    Chanted
    http://chabanelpsalms.org/CHABANEL_PSALM_TOME/4719_litany_st_cecilia.pdf

    Do join in.
    Even limited daily prayer (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Saint Cecilia pray for us) is welcome!
  • eft94530eft94530
    Posts: 1,574
    Invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members
    Mon Mar 22 through Tue Mar 30 (inclusive)
    Spoken
    http://ceciliaschola.org/pdf/novena-cecilia.pdf
    Chanted
    http://chabanelpsalms.org/CHABANEL_PSALM_TOME/4719_litany_st_cecilia.pdf

    Do join in.
    Even limited daily prayer (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Saint Cecilia pray for us) is welcome!
  • rollingrj
    Posts: 272
    Since the next novena starts during the Colloquium, I thought there was a suggestion of chanting/reciting this litany while we were there, possibly after Evening Prayer. Is there still interest? I would be willing to lead it.

    PS--I have not been able to find the link to the chanted version.
  • Chrism
    Posts: 717
    As a reminder, the Feasts of Popes Sts. Gregory I and Pius X are coming up this Friday, September 3.
  • May I suggest we each say a decade of the Rosary for the ongoing health struggles of Mary Rose?
  • Chrism
    Posts: 717
    Happy feast, everyone!
  • Thanks for the reminder. Saint Cecilia, pray for us.
    As November comes to an end, let's also remember the souls of CMAA members, teachers, mentors, heros, who went before us.

    Today's antiphon for Lauds:
    As dawn brought the end of night, blessed Cecilia cried out: Arise, soldiers of Christ! Cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light, Alleluia.
  • miacoyne
    Posts: 1,805
    "If we really understood the Mass, we would die of joy." (Saint John Vianney)

    "It would be easier for the earth to carry on without the sun than without the Holy Mass." (Saint Pio of Pietrelcina)

    "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you odd." (Flannery O'Connor)

    St. Cecilia pray for us church musicians that we may gain the wisdom and strength to provide music that glorify God and help others to experience the joy of salvation given through Christ's obedience and humility on the cross.
  • eft94530eft94530
    Posts: 1,574
    Invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members
    Wed Dec 22 through Thu Dec 30 (inclusive)
    Spoken
    http://ceciliaschola.org/pdf/novena-cecilia.pdf
    Chanted
    http://chabanelpsalms.org/CHABANEL_PSALM_TOME/4719_litany_st_cecilia.pdf

    Do join in.
    Even limited daily prayer (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Saint Cecilia pray for us) is welcome!
  • eft94530eft94530
    Posts: 1,574
    Today is January 28.
    The Feast of St Jude is October 28.
    Given the situation described in Discussion 4613,
    perhaps we can invoke this Saint to intercede on behalf of all
    sacred musicians in difficult situations?

    Fri Jan 28 through Sat Feb 5.

    http://www.stjude-shrine.org/novena.htm

    Saint Jude, glorious apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor has caused you to be forgotten by many. But the Church honors and invokes you universally as the patron of difficult and desperate cases. Pray for me who am so miserable. Make use, I implore you, of that particular privilege accorded to you to bring visible and speedy help where help was almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly — (here make your request) — and that I may bless God with you and all the elect throughout all eternity.

    I promise you, O blessed JUDE, to be ever mindful of this great favor, and I will never cease to honor you as my special and powerful patron and do all in my power to encourage devotion to you. Amen.

    Saint Jude, pray for us and for all who honor you and invoke your aid.

    3 Pater, 3 Ave, 3 Gloria.
  • rollingrj
    Posts: 272
    I have noticed the monthly reminder to pray the Novena to St. Cecilia has not been posted recently.

    With all due respect to eft94530, who took it upon himself to do this, I thought I would help.

    This is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Wednesday, June 22 through Thursday, June 30 inclusive.

    Since I had mentioned earlier the links to the two forms of this liturgy are broken, I have provided attachments to copies I have.

    Do join in; even limited daily prayer (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Saint Cecilia pray for us) is welcome!

    PS--I also had made copies via Google Doc. You can access them via this post.
    Thanked by 1eft94530
  • CHGiffenCHGiffen
    Posts: 4,414
    Thank you for providing these attachments. I've downloaded the chant version and will use it regularly.
  • eft94530eft94530
    Posts: 1,574
    Invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members
    Fri Jul 22 through Sat Jul 30 (inclusive)

    Spoken
    http://ceciliaschola.org/pdf/novena-cecilia.pdf
    Chanted
    http://chabanelpsalms.org/CHABANEL_PSALM_TOME/4719_litany_st_cecilia.pdf

    Do join in.
    Even limited daily prayer (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Saint Cecilia pray for us) is welcome!

    rollingrj,
    Since the Jan post, various matters have taken precedence over my Forum participation.
    We are all in this together, thanks for helping!
  • rollingrj
    Posts: 272
    Most of us are about to start our "musical season" in earnest in a couple of weeks. Before one realizes it, the Advent/Christmas season and the use of the revised Roman Missal will be upon us. While it is "just and right" to keep each other in pray at all times, the next 3-4 months will be ones of new opportunities. We will need all the spiritual fortification we can use.

    Thus, this is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Monday, August 22 through Tuesday, August 30 inclusive.

    Do join in; even limited daily prayer (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Saint Cecilia pray for us) is welcome!

    Attachments for both the spoken and chanted forms of the litany are provided.
    Thanked by 1eft94530
  • David AndrewDavid Andrew
    Posts: 1,193
    I am truly humbled that my suggestion (which is now over 3 years old), continues to be recommended nearly every month.

    It is even more humbling, as I myself haven't been able to participate as I would like.

    And so, I ask you, my fellow sacred musicians, to keep me in your prayers during this novena cycle.

    I am facing a number of non-sacred music-related challenges, as well as being in a deeply troubling dry period in my prayer life, and would welcome the comfort that comes from knowing that others are praying for me.

    I thank you for your charity.
  • This is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Thursday, September 22 through Friday, September 30 inclusive.

    Do join in; even limited daily prayer (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Saint Cecilia pray for us) is welcome!

    Attachments for both the spoken and chanted forms of the litany are provided.
  • rollingrj
    Posts: 272
    This is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Saturday, October 22 through Sunday, October 30 inclusive.

    Do join in; even limited daily prayer (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Saint Cecilia pray for us) is welcome!

    Attachments for both the spoken and chanted forms of the litany are provided.
  • What an exciting time for us so intimately involved with music and liturgy. We will have, beginning with the Vigil Mass this weekend, the full implementation of the revised 3rd. Roman Missal. We are putting the finishing touches on our preparations for performances (sacred and otherwise) during the Advent/Christmas season. And we have our own personal "to-do" list in readying for the upcoming holidays.

    As we close in on one of our peak times in the liturgical year, the prayers of those in the Communion of Saints is needed more than ever. Therefore, this is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Tuesday, November 22 through Wednesday, November 30 inclusive.

    Do join in; even limited daily prayer (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Saint Cecilia pray for us) is welcome!

    Attachments for both the spoken and chanted forms of the litany are provided.
  • The end of the calendar year is at hand. The weekend brings one of the two great crescendos of the liturgical year to a head. We give thanks for all the blessings we have received in the past 12 months and look forward to the promise of 2012. Our joys on this realm of existence are magnified by the joy of the birth of the Christ Child.

    With so much for which to be grateful, let us join our minds, hearts, and voices with our fellow workers in the vineyard we call liturgical music to praise all that has been, is, and will be. This is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Thursday, December 22 through Friday, December 30 inclusive.

    Do join in; even limited daily prayer (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Saint Cecilia pray for us) is welcome!

    Attachments for both the spoken and chanted forms of the litany are provided.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
  • And so we begin Lent today. It is a time of intense preparation in more ways than one for us who provide music in our worship. Besides our own self-imposed disciplines, we are also in the middle of preparations for the myriad liturgies over the next forty days, climaxing with the Triduum.

    Especially now, praying for others can be fruitful as well as needed. Therefore, this is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Wednesday, February 22 through Thursday, March 1 inclusive.

    Do join in; even limited daily prayer (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Saint Cecilia pray for us) is welcome!

    Attachments for both the spoken and chanted forms of the litany are provided.
  • rollingrj
    Posts: 272
    For the vast majority of us, our heavy duties (in terms of major preparations) as church musicians end this weekend or after Corpus Christi. A time of renewal for body, mind, heart, and soul await us in various forms during the summer months, whether as vacations or educational opportunities. It is also a time when job openings are more abundant, as those who are called to this vocation seek their verdant pasture.

    It seems each season has its own need for prayer. This is no different. Therefore, this is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Tuesday, May 22 through Wednesday, May 30 inclusive.

    Do join in; even limited daily prayer (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Saint Cecilia pray for us) is welcome!

    Attachments for both the spoken and chanted forms of the litany are provided.

    (My apologies for not posting since February and being a day late. The worries of the world have not allowed me even the small bit of time the past few months I need to recreate this post. Things are OK now; the status quo is status quo.)
    Thanked by 1CHGiffen
  • rollingrj
    Posts: 272
    On the threshold of Colloquium XXII, all who have an infinity for what we do will turn their minds, hearts, and souls to Salt Lake City. We who will be there in body will certainly remember our colleagues who are not with us. The "seven days of musical heaven" promises to be a great time of study, prayer, and fellowship.

    Let us pray that this time will be fruitful, energizing, and rewarding for all. This is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Friday, June 22 through Saturday, June 30 inclusive.

    Do join in; even limited daily prayer (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Saint Cecilia pray for us) is welcome!

    Attachments for both the spoken and chanted forms of the litany are provided.
    Thanked by 3CHGiffen miacoyne Jenny
  • We who are church musicians are well into our routines for the upcoming months. We are settling into rehearsals and performing our duties within the scope of the liturgy. We are preparing for celebrations great and small, hopefully mindful that as the "Year of Faith" begins we, by what we contribute, also add to this time of reflection.

    As our labors in this vineyard intensify, let us be fortified and fortify our colleagues to bring forth the good, beautiful, and true. This is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Saturday, September 22 through Sunday, September 30 inclusive.

    Do join in; even limited daily prayer (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Saint Cecilia pray for us) is welcome!

    Attachments for both the spoken and chanted forms of the litany are provided.
  • donr
    Posts: 949
    Great suggestion keep them coming. This is the first time I've seen it so I appreciate you re-posting.
  • rollingrj
    Posts: 272
    "From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggety beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!"

    Yes, I know we haven't even gotten past All Hallows Eve and the Ghost of Christmas Future (merchandising) is already starting to haunt us. While the world may be in a rush for Christmas, November provides us with all sorts of prayer intentions centering around the Communion of Saints, the Four Last Things, and the King of Kings. It is a hush before the storm of Advent and the great Octave which ends the calendar year.

    In this month where the seventh Spiritual Work of Mercy seems to take center stage, let us more than ever invoke the patron saint whose feast comes later (and, unfortunately, is the same day as Thanksgiving). This is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Monday, October 22 through Tuesday, October 30 inclusive.

    Do join in; even limited daily prayer (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Saint Cecilia pray for us) is welcome!

    Attachments for both the spoken and chanted forms of the litany are provided.
  • I would like to encourage everyone to remember in their prayers this month the deceased members of CMAA. We hope they have or soon will join the choirs of angels around the throne of God in perfect worship of the Trinity.

    Requiem in pace.
    Thanked by 2CHGiffen tomboysuze
  • "For what we are about to receive, may we truly be grateful."

    Earlier I had mentioned that this year the feast of St. Cecilia also falls on the same day the United States celebrates its Thanksgiving Day. No doubt the festivities of the secular holiday will overshadow the festivities of this beloved martyr of the Faith. Yet what better way to give thanks than through assisting at a Mass today. Not only do we honor the patroness of music, but we also by our worthy reception of the Eucharist show our gratitude to the One Who created us.

    Once again for us who raise our voice in song to praise our Triune God, Thanksgiving gives us a chance to recharge our batteries as our final preparations for the Feast of Christ the King, the Season of Advent, the Octave of Christmas, and the Feast of the Epiphany now come to fruition. As we ready ourselves for musically one of "the most wonderful time(s) of the year", we are steadied and strengthened by the prayers of the Communion of Saints, especially of the Church Militant. Therefore, this is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Thursday, November 22 through Friday, November 30 inclusive.

    Do join in; even limited daily prayer (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Saint Cecilia pray for us) is welcome!

    Attachments for both the spoken and chanted forms of the litany are provided.
  • CharlesW
    Posts: 10,595
    I played for mass this morning. The pastor did not want to do the Thanksgiving Day mass, but wanted to do the St. Cecila, instead. My kind of priest.
    Thanked by 1tomboysuze
  • "Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us."

    But not just this thing. The thing. The Word made Flesh. The Light of the World. The Way, the Truth, and the Life. While "He is risen" will be the most incredulous and joyful statement we make, "He is born" will be the most improbable and awe-inspiring.

    All of our preparations are now coming to fruition. One of the most hectic and wonderful times of the year see us in the middle. We pray for their success, that they may add to the festivities. We pray for our collaborators, that they are drawn closer to a once unseen God now made visible in our midst. We pray for the world, that they may share in the joy of which we sing.

    This is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Saturday, December 22 through Sunday, December 30 inclusive.

    Do join in; even limited daily prayer (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Saint Cecilia pray for us) is welcome!

    Attachments for both the spoken and chanted forms of the litany are provided.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
  • Our Lenten preparations are well under way, both with our musical groups and our own individual mortification. Once again we with our music undertake the task of making this desert time fertile as it blossoms into Easter joy. As we ready ourselves for Holy Week, the call for additional prayer took on an unexpected request earlier this month with the abdication of the Chair of Peter.

    We give thanks for the contributions Benedict XVI has made to liturgical and musical revival and renewal in both word and deed. We pray the Holy Spirit will guide the College of Cardinals in choosing a successor who will be the leader the Church needs at this time in her temporal history. We ask for the patience and strength to carry out our duties as we draw closer to the High Holy Days of Christianity.

    This is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Friday, February 22 through Saturday, March 2 inclusive.

    Do join in; even limited daily prayer (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Saint Cecilia pray for us) is welcome!

    Attachments for both the spoken and chanted forms of the litany are provided.
    Thanked by 2Earl_Grey CHGiffen