Call for a CMAA member-wide novena
  • rollingrj
    Posts: 272
    Spring has sprung,
    Fall has fell,
    But now it is Summer
    And it is hotter than...

    Usual. :-P

    And with summer comes a bit of a respite for most of us from our liturgical duties the other three seasons. A time to relax, a time to recover, a time to recharge, a time to retreat, a time to go to an out-of-the-way place. And with the less harried pace, a time to plan for what is to come.

    While June, July, and August are times to let up, they are certainly times not to let down. The return of choirs from hiatus is on the horizon. We think of ways to bring more workers into our vineyards. We think of what music we, our fellow musicians, and our congregations are ready to perform and pray. We ponder on how we can continue to give glory to God through our music. Let us pray that during this time of reflection, we may be guided by the Holy Spirit and discern how to "pray twice" more effectively.

    This is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Saturday, July 22 through Sunday, July 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
    A day late, but a reminder nonetheless.

    Where did the summer go? Labor Day is just around the corner, and with it the start (for many of us) of another ten months of making a joyful noise to the Lord. While we love the rhythm of the liturgical calendar, we are still surprised at how soon solemnities and feasts sneak up on us (hint: Easter is April 1, 2018, no pun intended).

    But the seemingly short preparation times we have are just a small sacrifice we make. While our reach to imitate Heaven on Earth in worthy, reverent worship will, in the words of Robert Browning "exceed our grasp", we still do well to reach for truth, beauty, and goodness. Let us pray for those returning to their vineyards, those who toil in new surroundings, and those who join us for the first time.

    This is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Tuesday, August 22 through Wednesday, 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
  • By now we have settled into our routine of rehearsals and liturgies for the upcoming 9-10 months. Our folders are graced with familiar music and pieces unknown to us, as well, perhaps, as our groups in regards to people. With one eye focused on the here-and-now and the other peeking into the future, our time is spent in preparation of voice, heart, and soul for the liturgies which call for and call forth our talents.

    While the eagerness of these first few weeks gives way to the sobriety of the time and effort needed to polish our "gifts of grateful praise", we still welcome the opportunity to worship God in this elevated manner. Let us pray to strive to do and be our best, to increase our "talents", and by this effort give God His due.

    This is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Friday, September 22 through Saturday, 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
    "From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggety beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!"

    And swift come those nights. We head toward the winter solstice, darkness seemingly overtaking the light. Beggars come calling soon: those who will be pleased with a piece of candy and those who soul craves more than sweets. What treats will will have for the latter?

    With Christ the King (EF), All Saints, and All Souls just around the corner on the liturgical calendar, as well as our continued rehearsals for the Advent/Christmas/Epiphany Season, our preparation becomes a bit more focused and intense. There is no panic as though we are seeing ghost, no urgency to run and hide from monsters. It is part and parcel of our life as a church musician, whether volunteer or paid professional. As we continue to "pray twice", let us intercede for each other and the art we have chosen to express our praise of God.

    This is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Sunday, October 22 through Monday, 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.

    (Once again, this is courtesy of my procrastination department.)
  • "In all things give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you all." (1 Thessalonians 5:18--Douay-Rheims)

    The last month of the liturgical year is almost over. A month when we are reminded about the Communion of Saints and the Four Last Things, over which Christ our King reigns. A month which includes the feast of our patron saint. A month which also seemingly begins secular celebrations of gratitude for our blessings and the desire to share "peace on earth".

    We are given the opportunity to "catch our breath" before the final push towards the Advent/Christmas/Epiphany season. We are given cause to reflect upon the many gifts given to us by God and give Him praise by thanking Him for them. We rightfully render an accounting of what has been bestowed upon us and return them with increase to He Who is the Giver of all good things. Now, more than ever, let us rejoice and be glad with even more grateful hearts and "raise this, our gifts of grateful praise."

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

    Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!
  • "And heaven and nature sing."

    As the last of the "O" Antiphons come into hearing and "Ero Cras" come into view, we head into the first of our "busy seasons". The past 3-4 months have been building toward these festive celebrations of the liturgy. We who have been laboring in our own musical vineyards now get to taste some of the fruit of our hands, voices, and hearts.

    While we wish we could have more time to prepare, deep down within us we know we are ready. As Mary is about ready to deliver the Child, so are we ready to deliver adoration, glory, and praise to the newborn King. Let our song mingle with the heavenly choir who appeared near Bethlehem to announce to the world the Savior is here. Let our musical gifts be as worthy as those brought by the Magi. Let us with all our being declare, "Joy to the world; the Lord is come!" May this Christmas season truly bring us "peace on earth."

    This is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Friday, December 22 through Saturday, 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, everybody!
    Thanked by 2CHGiffen eft94530
  • rollingrj
    Posts: 272
    "Blessed be the Name of Jesus."

    In this month traditionally reserved for devotion to the Holy Name of our Lord and Savior, the Name above every other name to which every knee should bow, the invocation of the fourth line of the Divine Praises should be familiar to all. Having just celebrated His birth and various epiphanies, we greet the new calendar year with hope and optimism, knowing we are preparing for the source and summit of our liturgical year in about two months.

    There is just about enough time to catch our breath before we begin work toward the next major liturgical celebrations. While we have had the opportunity to reflect upon the work we did at the end of December and beginning of January, we also know all too well Ash Wednesday is right around the corner. But such is this vocation we have chosen. Let us continue to pray for each other, that as our musical lives are so intertwined with the liturgy, our being may also be be intertwined with Him Who we praise and adore, thus showing forth His glory.

    This is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Monday, January 22 through Tuesday, January 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.
  • "Remember that you are dust..."

    Just a little over a week ago the season of Lent began. With it comes more focused preparation for Holy Week and Easter liturgies, as the next six weeks will seem to come and go more quickly that one realizes. And just like Advent/Christmas/Epiphany, Palm Sunday/Holy Triduum/Easter brings with it its own set of challenges and rewards.

    There is a bit of irony that every rehearsal could be considered a condensed Lent. As we ready music for the rest of February and March, culminating in expressing a joy which knows no boundaries, we mirror the sacred time we now observe. The sacrifices and striving for perfection in our choir rooms can seemingly mirror our own individual Lenten practices. Each can support the other. Let us pray that those endeavors in and our of our making a joyful noise, bear much fruit as we hasten to Christendom's High Holy Days.

    This is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Thursday, February 22 through Friday, 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 2CHGiffen eft94530
  • rollingrj
    Posts: 272
    We are on the threshold of Holy Week, the commemoration of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ's death and resurrection. We are about to begin Christendom's High Holy Days. We are about to celebrate our salvation from sin. (And how many of us have noticed this Good Friday will usher in Passover, as it did in the Passion Narratives?)

    We follow Jesus into Jerusalem, the Upper Room, to Calvary. We hear the "Hosannas", the "crucify Him", His Seven Last Words. We are and continue to be the witnesses to all these things. And while "Do this in memory of Me" specifically refers to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, do we not also recall the events before and after during this time of the liturgical calendar?

    We have prepared ourselves as individuals. We have readied the musical forces under our leadership. We now join our voices with all choirs on earth as it is in heaven and make the most joyful noise possible, because our redemption has been won. How fitting this month's novena will end with us at the tomb, so that we may wait with the rest of the world for that first day of the week. Let us pray for each other, that our individual and corporate worship may be just as pleasing as the Sacrifice He offered.

    This is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Thursday, March 22 through Friday, March 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.

    Let us rejoice and be glad, ready to proclaim, "He is risen! He is risen, indeed!"
    Thanked by 2CHGiffen eft94530
  • rollingrj
    Posts: 272
    As we reach the halfway point of the Easter Season, we who labor in these vineyards find ourselves in an all too familiar situation. We are far enough removed from the successes of Holy Week, yet we now notice the final block of major liturgical celebrations (Ascension/Pentecost/Holy Trinity/Corpus Christi) loom ahead. While we have roughly the same time to prepare for these as we did after Advent/Christmas/Epiphany (7 weeks+/-), our continuing Easter joy cannot be overlooked.

    Such is the rhythm of the liturgical cycle, ever ancient yet ever new and ever pressing. As we hasten to prepare our musical offerings, our minds and hearts also return first to Galilee, then the Upper Room. We recall the beginnings of the Church and two of its greatest teachings. Through all this, we invoke the Holy Spirit to "fill the hearts of the faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of Your Love" through our joyful noises. May we then help "renew the face of the earth."

    This is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Sunday, April 22 through Monday, April 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
    As we are in the middle of the last group of major liturgical feasts and (for many of us) nearing the end of our work for this season, we take the time to reflect on the successes and progress we have made over the last nine months, as individuals and groups, musically and spiritually. Some of this is tangible--perhaps a new work was learned, a skill was improved, more workers have joined your vineyard. It is those things intangible that take a bit more discerning.

    I offer these questions for your consideration. Has your own prayer life deepened? Have you been effective in drawing your congregations into a deeper corporate prayer (thus, perhaps, influencing individuals)? Is there more beauty in your liturgies? Has this discipline called music helped you grow in virtue? I'm sure you can think of others along this line.

    As this month devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary draws to a close, may we rejoice and be glad in our efforts to give glory to God through our art. May we continue to use our talents to create a bridge between heaven and earth. And while this is only a pale imitation of the First Novena, may our prayers for the next nine days produce good fruit.

    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.
    Thanked by 2CHGiffen eft94530
  • rollingrj
    Posts: 272
    "On the second day of summer, my True Love gave to me...."

    (Whoops! Wrong carol.)

    Actually, it is the bride of our True Love that has gifted us an easing of our liturgical duties. While there are quite a few of us with year-round responsibilities, the next three months are given to rest, reflection, and relaxation, a bit of a retreat from the hustle and bustle of Sundays after Pentecost/Ordinary Time. It is an opportunity to go to an out of the way place and spend some down time with Him.

    That is not to say we will ignore our art and craft. Workshops abound during the summer, limited only by the time and treasure we can invest. It is my hope that you have at least thought about attending one, whether it is a familiar forum or something which has piqued your interest. In any event, for these next few days, we can pray for those who will be graced by their participation in such an event, especially those who gather in Chicago this coming week (as I hope they keep us in their prayers there).

    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.

    (NB--While the time stamp will say June 23, I did start this before midnight MDT.)
    Thanked by 2CHGiffen eft94530
  • rollingrj
    Posts: 272
    All those who have been besieged by higher than normal temps and other "unpleasant" weather, I remind you there is a hotter location where that condition will be permanent. (And, yes, let us pray to be delivered from both of those conditions.)

    While the middle of summer is hotter than usual, the pace of these days, liturgically speaking, is still somewhat relaxed. But Labor Day is not that far away. Wherever we are in the planning stage for the upcoming months, finalization will come, hopefully sooner rather than later. And for us who only have to assist in that execution, hopefully we have been maintaining our instruments (vocal or otherwise) so we can be ready for that first rehearsal. And with the Assumption drawing near, we may be called into action. Let us pray we continue to fruitfully relax and ready ourselves to resume our duties.

    This is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Sunday, July 22 through Monday, July 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.
  • eft94530eft94530
    Posts: 1,574
    Ten years ago (July 2008) members of CMAA started this novena!
    Today is OF calendar Aug 21 Saint Pius X
    so today I am offering a few prayers that he intercede
    for protection and improvement of all sacred music situations.
  • rollingrj
    Posts: 272
    "Salve, Regina...."

    The timing of the start of this monthly novena, no matter the month, provides ample material for reflection. It happens this month to coincide with the Memorial of the Queenship of Mary and the day after the Memorial of St. Pius X. It also happen to be the last one before most of us (re-)start in earnest our musical endeavors for the next ten months.

    I hope the respite of these past few month has been fruitful, that your physical and spiritual batteries have been recharged, and you are looking forward to the coming preparation and praying. Let us pray, as we return to the portion of the vineyard entrusted to us, whether familiar or new, and with our co-workers, whether familiar or new, that our labor of love in service to the liturgy will bring a 30-/60-/100-fold increase in holiness to those who partake in it, whether in the choir loft, sanctuary, or pews.

    This is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Wednesday, August 22 through Thursday, 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.
  • The routine of rehearsals and performances (which I define here as "doing something according to form") are now well underway for all of us. Fortunately, the liturgical calendar at this moment allows us a way to ease into our duties. But as any church musician worth his salt understands, the pace and intensity will start to increase and do so sooner than we realize. With one eye on the "here and now" and the other on "what is to come", the balancing act of proper preparation of our roles between present and future just gets, paraphrasing a well-known celebrity chef, "kicked up a notch."

    With Advent a little more than two months away, the liturgical future comes more into focus. Each in our own vineyard are preparing for those celebrations both "ordinary" and "extraordinary". Let us pray to be guided by the Holy Spirit as we travel forward to fulfill our duties.

    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.
    Thanked by 1CHGiffen
  • rollingrj
    Posts: 272
    "From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggety beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!"

    This somewhat whimsical prayer has made its appearance for at least the last couple of years when this reminder comes in October. Yet within its playfulness, there is a serious message. Our frail human nature battles not only the world, the flesh, and the devil but also other dangers we cannot imagine. It is only with the help of God that we can endure and perhaps overcome battles of both a material and spiritual nature. As St. Augustine reminds us, while God created us without our permission, He can only save us with it.

    On the threshold of maybe the most sobering month in the liturgical calendar, when we, the Church Militant, prepare to remember our King (first in the EF calendar, then later in the OF calendar) and the other members of the Communion of Saints, with an eye towards the first major block of celebrations, let us pray to perform our parts well. Fulfilling our roles will happen sooner than we think. May preparation and vigilance, always a must in our spiritual lives, come to the fore as we ready ourselves for what is to come.

    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.

    (Again, while the time stamp will say October 23, I did start this at 10 PM MDT. The Department of Procrastination thanks you for your indulgence.)
    Thanked by 2CHGiffen eft94530
  • Gratias agamus Domino Deo nostro.

    And while dignum et iustum est every day, on this day it is most appropriate. As we close in on the end of the liturgical year, the Gregorian calendar affords us an opportunity to pause and take stock of the uncountable blessing bestowed upon us by God. Gathering with family and friends not only at dining room tables but also at the altar, we not only feast materially but also spiritually.

    It is the perfect time to catch our collective breaths before we embark on the final preparations for Advent/Christmas/Epiphany. It is the perfect time to reflect on just how generous God is and how we reflect that generosity in our craft. And with this particular novena starting on the feast day of our patroness and ending on the day which helps set the start of Advent [as well as beginning the Advent Meditation ("Hail and blessed be the hour....")], this time of prayer can carry us all the way to December 25.

    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.
  • "People, look East, and sing today: Love, the Lord, is on the way."

    Yes, He is. We are just days away from the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our preparation has been for four months, not just four "weeks". And it does not end on "the first day of Christmas", but extends into the new calendar year.

    The timing of this novena is especially gratifying. The "O" Antiphons are almost complete. The various feasts within the Octave amplify the mystery of the Incarnation. The joy we find in this birth is but an echo of the joy we find in our salvation. It is truly a time when "heaven and nature sing". Let us pray, as we lift our voices and instruments during this time of the year, that we may make the most joyful noise we are able.

    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!
    Thanked by 3CHGiffen Carol eft94530
  • rollingrj
    Posts: 272
    Where has the time gone? (The same place as my memory.) Wasn't it only yesterday we finished the Advent/Christmas/Epiphany season? And how can we be almost halfway through Lent?

    Such is the nature of this passing world. Needless to say, we are well on our way in preparation for Holy Week personally and professionally, materially, and spiritually. As we polish and perfect our musical pieces as well as our souls, making the necessary sacrifices to do such, we need to remind ourselves the effort will be worth it, in both this world and the next. Let us pray for the graces to sustain us during this Lenten pilgrimage, so we may celebrate the passion, death, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with all the joy we have.

    This is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Friday, March 22 through Saturday, March 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 2CharlesW CHGiffen
  • rollingrj
    Posts: 272
    "He is risen! He is risen indeed!"

    The Sacred Triduum is over. The echoes of familiar music can still be heard in our churches, our minds, and our hearts. The joy of the Resurrection, celebrated in our rites, is upon us until Pentecost, while "Regina Coeli" weaves its way through our days.

    While our High Holy Days may be complete, our gratefulness for the gift of salvation knows no bounds nor end. The victory over sin and death now accomplished, we use the next seven weeks to express our thankfulness. And as we do, we also prepare for the next block of major feasts as well as other special occasions. Let us pray that the successful rendering of our musical offerings carry us forward to just as satisfying results for the next two months.

    This is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Monday, April 22 through Tuesday, April 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.

    Happy Easter, everybody!
  • rollingrj
    Posts: 272
    We are approaching the final block of major solemnities and feast in the liturgical year. With that, many people are also approaching their final formal involvement until the beginning of September. The "lazy, hazy, and (less) crazy days of summer" are right around the corner (even though it may be only a two month hiatus).

    The Ascension/Pentecost/Holy Trinity/Corpus Christi celebrations are just as important as the other two blocks of liturgical celebrations for which we prepare. As they commemorate Christ's final days on earth and the beginnings of the Church as well as perhaps the two biggest mysteries of our faith, they need to be approached with just as much care and preparation as any other time. As we draw near to the finish of our duties, let us run this race well and give glory to God.

    This is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Wednesday, May 22 through Thursday, 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.
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  • rollingrj
    Posts: 272
    I didn't mean to take the summer off. The time just got away from me.

    Now that summer is almost over, those who have been on a "vacation" from their musical duties will now be returning to their vineyards, whether familiar ground or a different patch. And no matter what condition we find our gardens, we will apply the same care, diligence, and perseverance in making them as beautiful and fruitful as possible with the help of laborers familiar or new. With one eye on what we do in the coming weeks and the other on the first block of major celebrations that comes with the new liturgical year, let us pray that our time away was refreshing, that we start again with renewed vigor, and that our efforts give glory to God.

    This is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Thursday, August 22 through Friday, 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 2CHGiffen CharlesW
  • CharlesW
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    Thanks for the reminder and the novena. But what is this "vacation" of which you speak?
  • rollingrj
    Posts: 272
    Have I been gone that long? I guess I have.

    And what a time to return. We are on the cusp of Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lent/Triduum/Easter portion of the liturgical calendar. And to think that just two months ago we were on the cusp of the Christmas/Epiphany celebrations. Time flies when you are a church musician.

    The question then begs if we are in joy with what we do. There are plenty of times when rehearsals are not fun or our offerings seem to be lacking. But to be in joy because of what we do, no matter the season being observed, is still a grace-filled moment. That's when the toil in the vineyard pays off in a harvest of beauty and worship. As we stride toward the apex of our liturgical life, let us pray to be sustained in this moment of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

    This is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Saturday, February 22 through Sunday, 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
    I haven't forgotten. I am just practicing social distancing from my keyboard. =-)

    There is no such thing as a "new normal". It is not normal to be isolated like this for as long as we have, whatever the reasons for it. It is not normal for the prayer life of the Church to be as muted as it is. It is not normal for our musical offerings to be a mere pitance of what we give in full voice and whole heart.

    It seems we aren't "praying twice". Yet, I know we are still there, doing what we can under the circumstances. We have just finished the final two major blocks of the liturgical calendar, giving new meaning to the phrase "noble simplicity" in our actions. And now we enter the respite of summer, where plans for what is to come depend on how quickly we can be healed from this pandemic.

    Let us pray for an end to this viral outbreak, especially for an effective vaccine. Let us pray for those who have been inflicted, that then may recover. Let us pray for the souls who have succumbed to this disease. Let us pray in thanksgiving for those who still make a joyful noise and what I think is certainly a heroic effort to do it. And let us pray for the time when we all can return to our vineyards and begin the work we have been entrusted.

    This is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Monday, June 22 through Tuesday, 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.
  • rollingrj
    Posts: 272
    The 22nd. of the month (my reference is the Ordinary Form calendar) sometimes provides for noteworthy mentions other than our patroness. In February, it is the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. In August, it is the Memorial of the Queenship of Mary. In October, it is the Optional Memorial of St. John Paul II.

    In July, it is the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene. While she has nothing directly related to music, I think there is something in the Gospels which could apply to us. Recall her encounter with the Risen Christ. As she was the first to announce His Resurrection to the Apostle, may we, through the application of our craft, also announce to the world the Good News. May we sing what we believe and believe what we sing.

    This is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Wednesday, July 22 through Thursday, July 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 2CHGiffen CharlesW
  • chonakchonak
    Posts: 8,349
    Adding a request that came to us at CMAA: an unassigned priest asks prayers for his intentions.
  • rollingrj
    Posts: 272
    "From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggety beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!"

    (Could we also add from the COVID-19 virus and the nastiness during the campaigns leading to Election Day in the USA?)

    And there is also a "blue" moon on All Hollows Eve.

    A weird year is going to get a little more stranger.

    What else is there to say?

    If there was ever a time when prayer was needed all the more, it's now.

    Oremus.

    This is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Thursday, October 22 through Friday, 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.
    Thanked by 1CHGiffen
  • marymezzomarymezzo
    Posts: 204
    Just saw this and will start today. Thanks.
  • rollingrj
    Posts: 272
    The end of the month. The end of the liturgical year. The beginning of the end of our preparation for the Advent/Christmas/Epiphany celebrations.

    While they may be muted and restricted, they will be no less joyful and triumphant. As the most bizarre calendar year in anyone's lifetime also draws to a close, we have the opportunity to take stock of our lives, livelihood, and passion. Reminding ourselves "it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness", we turn to God in thanksgiving.

    As I have mentioned in a earlier post regarding this month's novena, there are many things which fall in and around it that I think makes our petitions even more potent. Starting with the obvious that it starts on our patroness' feast day, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and the votive Mass for Thanksgiving Day in the United States falling near or in it, and the last day embracing the feast of St. Anthony, from which we reckon Advent and the preparation for Christmas, we have great momentum in our prayers leading into December. Other than Christmas and the times when Holy Week/Easter is included in this time frame, I don't think there is more power in our raising minds and hearts to God than now.

    This is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Sunday, November 22 through Monday, 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 of the litany are provided.
    Thanked by 1CHGiffen