Spotify Playlist: Sing We Now of Christmas

Posted by Carolyn Pirtle on Dec 24, 2019 7:15:00 AM

Editorial Note: As our gift to you this Christmas, we've curated a Spotify playlist as a way of entering more deeply through music into the mystery of the Incarnation. You can learn more about this music in this Church Life Journal article

All around the world this Christmas season, Christians will be raising their voices in joyous praise, singing carols both old and new. Christmas music is unique in the liturgical music canon, because it becomes imprinted with the joys and sorrows of each holiday season; every year, there are carols that will never fail to bring a smile, but there are also carols that can pierce the heart by conjuring up memories of Christmases past or of loved ones long deceased. The beautiful thing is, the mystery of Christmas itself is capacious enough to hold all of it—the unbridled joy, the weariness, the uncertainty, even the sorrow, for all of these are found in the Gospel narratives of Christ’s birth. 

Read More

Topics: Incarnation, liturgical music, music, Christmas, Christmas carols

Music of Darkness and Light

Posted by Carolyn Pirtle on Dec 9, 2019 7:03:00 AM

With the release of Vespers for the Immaculate Conception, Grammy-winning composer and Notre Dame Folk Choir director J.J. Wright follows up on the musical fusion of 2016’s Billboard Classical chart-topping album O Emmanuel.

Read More

Topics: devotional music, Mary, music, Immaculate Conception

Songs for the Advent Season

Posted by Carolyn Pirtle on Dec 6, 2019 6:58:00 AM

On the feast of St. Nicholas, it’s customary among Christians to give gifts to loved ones, in anticipation of the greater gift-giving to come at Christmas, and to honor the Myran bishop and his unfailing generosity to those in need.

As our gift this year, I’d like to share a playlist I curated several Advents ago, featuring music to mark this beautiful season. 

Read More

Topics: devotional music, liturgical music, music, Advent

The Kanye Moment

Posted by Brett Robinson on Nov 22, 2019 3:15:04 PM

Kanye West’s Jesus is King album is the centerpiece of his “Sunday Service,” a Gospel choir performance of his discography held in churches and concert venues on a weekly basis. The mix of pop culture entertainment and religious exuberance is a self-conscious expression of the entertainment complex writ large, a cultural liturgy led by a self-styled prophet that also generates a profit.

Read More

Topics: Culture, liturgy, Hamilton, music, Kanye West

Ben Howard's Beatific Vision

Posted by Francesca Patti on Nov 15, 2019 7:07:00 AM
Read More

Topics: Culture, death, All Souls, music, Ben Howard

Living and Handing on the Faith

The McGrath Institute Blog helps Catholics live and hand on their faith in Jesus Christ, especially in the family, home and parish, and cultivates and inspires everyday leaders to live out the fullness and richness of their faith in the simple, little ways that make up Church life.

Connect with us!

Subscribe Here

Most Popular

Posts by Tag

See all