Call for a CMAA member-wide novena
  • rollingrj
    Posts: 321
    ("A day late and dollar short". Again. Mea culpa.)

    The seemingly slower pace of summer has settled upon us, with the "dog days" of August not far behind. While it may be more relaxed for many of us, it is far from being a vacation. It is a time to reflect on where were are. It is a time to plan for the upcoming "Big Three" and perhaps some more ambitious projects. It is a time to take stock of our wares and see where there can be increase.

    They may be hazy and a bit crazy, but the summer is definitely not lazy. As we tale the time to rest and rejuvenate, may we continue to pray for each other. May our vineyard continue to be productive as we continue to cultivate them.

    This is an invitation to pray a novena with other CMAA members from Friday, July 22 through Saturday, 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
  • rollingrj
    Posts: 321
    It is here--the last days of summer. Vacations (hopefully) have been taken. Schools are or will be in session. And, for many of us, our return to our vineyards is nearly at hand.

    Resting and recuperating, dreaming and scheming, planning and preparing have occupied some of this time. Soon we will re-acquaint ourselves with familiar faces and new voices and the routine the liturgical calendar imposes upon us. (And to think the first major block of liturgical celebrations is "only" four months away.) Let us continue to pray for each other as we ready ourselves to "make a joyful noise unto the Lord".

    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 2CharlesW CHGiffen
  • rollingrj
    Posts: 321
    It is here- the first day of the autumnal equinox. The school calendar now competes with the liturgical calendar. We have had a few rehearsals, with the plan from now until the end of the Gregorian calendar presented to us. We are now in a familiar routine of practices and ritual performances.

    As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, the gradual crescendo to the first major block of liturgical celebrations begins in earnest. We steadily toil in our vineyards, preparing for the fruits of this particular harvest. We allow God's grace to build upon our nature and natural talents. We pray that 30-, 60-, or 100-fold results are produced.

    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: 321
    "From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!"

    (And also from two day lags in posting. I hope you started this month's novena without prompting.)

    Fall is upon us in the Northern Hemisphere. Frost and early freezing hint at the arrival of winter. The harvest progresses.

    We can say the same about our preparation. Between getting ready for now as well as later is a skill we almost do in our sleep. And before one realizes it, Advent will be upon us. Let us continue to pray for one another as well as our own endeavors.

    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.
    Thanked by 2CharlesW CHGiffen
  • Happy feast day to everyone. 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.
  • rollingrj
    Posts: 321
    From the "Litany of St. Cecilia":

    O Eternal God, Who gave us, in the person of St. Cecilia, a powerful protectress, grant that after having faithfully passed our days like herself, in innocence and holiness, we may one day attain the land of beatitude, where in concert with her, we may praise You and bless You forevermore in eternity. Amen.


    On this day in November, when the end of the liturgical year is in sight, where those in the United States will soon celebrate Thanksgiving, when final preparation for the Advent/Christmas/Epiphany season takes flight amongst all our other liturgical duties and obligations, we who "pray twice" find ourselves in need of more prayer. What better way than this litany this month, when, starting on the feast day of a church musician's main patroness, her intercession may prove more powerful.

    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.
    Thanked by 1CHGiffen