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James Kendall plays the organ during an "Advent Lessons and Carols" service on the first Sunday of Advent at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Lindenhurst, N.Y., on Nov. 28, 2021. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
FaithShort Take
Jessica Carney
We need some criteria in deciding what music is best for Mass. St. Thomas Aquinas offers us three qualities that anything beautiful must have.
Arts & CultureMusic
Benjamin Ivry
“O Come, All Ye Faithful” is a song almost everyone knows. But where did it come from, and why is it so popular?
Photo: iStock
Arts & CultureMusic
Addison Del Mastro
You might call it the Walmart of hymnals. It doesn’t drill down into any one category. It doesn’t specialize. But it covers most of the bases that most parishes and parishioners would expect.
Giovanna Dell’Orto – Associated Press
“The Mass itself is a reminder that you don’t just have mariachis you tip at tableside in a cantina,” said Alberto Ranjel. “It is a representation of my culture.”
FaithFaith in Focus
Kim R. Harris
This historic and traditional music reflects the experience, thoughts, sorrows, joys and spirituality of our enslaved and free ancestors.
Arts & CultureNews
The Associated Press
One of Germany’s most famous Catholic boys’ choirs, the Regensburg Cathedral Choir, plans to establish a separate choral group for girls for the first time in its more than 1000-year history.