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Saturday, 31 December 2022

Benedict XVI is dead.

Benedict XVI died this morning. May God have mercy upon his soul.

I remember well the day he was elected. The Catholic institution where I work made the announcement that the "Habemus Papam" was imminent and that televisions were set up in the atrium. As Jorge Cardinal Medina, the Camerlengo said the words, "Eminentissimum ac Reverendissimum Dominium, Dominum Josephus Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae Cardinalem Ratzinger," I put my fist in the air with a shout of "YES!". One clerk clapped. The executives and other senior staff stood in silence and walked away in shock and horror. It was quite the moment. I read The Ratzinger Report after my awakening to tradition in Ottawa at the time of the fledgling Ottawa Oratory of St. Philip Neri. He was the Pope of my reversion and my liturgical coming of age. To me, he died nearly a decade ago. He abandoned me, he abandoned my family, he abandoned all of us. There is not much else to write without speaking ill of the dead. The greatest thing he will be remembered for is Summorum Pontificum and the weakness of the document itself is apparent. An Apostolic Constitution and a suri juris structure would have been the better way. 

Bergoglio's time is also short. He will now move quickly, very quickly with the rest of his plan.

God help us. 

God in heaven, have mercy upon your servant, Joseph Ratzinger.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen

Saturday, 24 December 2022

A blessed Christmas to you.

From our house to yours, may you be blest by the Child born in Bethlehem, and may you have a joyful Christmas. Thank you for your comments and kindness over the years. 

Tuesday, 20 December 2022

Bergoglio's Pachamma Pervert!



O Clavis

O KEY of David and sceptre of the House of Israel;
you open and no one can shut;
you shut and no one can open:
Come and lead the prisoners from the prison house,
those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

"I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David; he shall open, and no one shall shut; he shall shut, and no one shall open." Isaiah 22:22
"His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onwards and for evermore." Isaiah 9:7
 "To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house." Isaiah 42:7.

Monday, 19 December 2022

O Radix

O ROOT of Jesse, standing as a sign among the peoples;
before you kings will shut their mouths,
to you the nations will make their prayer:
Come and deliver us, and delay no longer.

"On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious." Isaiah 11:10 
"A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots." Isaiah 11:1

Who is the real blasphemer?

Regarding Father Frank Pavone, Bishop Strickland of Tyler calls out the real "blasphemers!"

 Bishop Strickland of Tyler is a man without fear. 

Father Pavone responds to the putrid action of the Vatican apparatchiks.

Make no mistake, Bergoglio made this decision.

Priests for Life Library: Fr. Frank Comments on Latest Developments

Sunday, 18 December 2022

O Adonai

O ADONAI, and leader of the House of Israel,
who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush
and gave him the law on Sinai:
Come and redeem us with an outstretched arm.

"But with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins." Isaiah 11:4-5
"For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our ruler, the Lord is our king; he will save us." Isaiah 33:22



Father Frank Pavone, founder of Priests for Life and a warrior in the fight against the murder of babies in the womb has been "laicized" by the Vatican where they actually refer to him as "Mr." The details can be read here: BREAKING: Vatican Dismisses Father Frank Pavone From Priesthood| National Catholic Register (ncregister.com) The dicastery decision, no doubt approved by Bergoglio, even goes so far as stating that there can be no appeals. Make no mistake, this repugnant and diabolical action would not have happened without the full knowledge and approval of Jorge Bergoglio.

I cannot even imagine where Father Pavone goes from here. I won't sink so low as to refer to him as, "Mister." However, I imagine he knows much on which he has kept silent. What does he know about bishops and cardinals and others who have milked the Church for their own gain and have worked against the Gospel of Life? As Musk now knows, Father Pavone knows where many bodies are buried, and I'm not speaking of those aborted.

The dichotomy between the two priests and their actions in the above cannot be more apparent. On the left is a priest accused of "blasphemy" by uttering a curse using the name of God (from which he repented) and on the right, a priest who blasphemes the truth of Catholic teaching on the sin of sodomy of which he has never repented and is left to continue. On the left, is a priest that has been accused of disobeying his bishop and being too aggressive on the matter of abortion, and on the right is a priest whose error is ignored consistently by the Superiors of his Society and the Archbishop of New York where he ministers. On the left, a priest upholds Catholic sexual morality, and on the right, one embraces and promotes the opposite. 

Just over a year ago, Phil Lawler wrote of the "coming showdown" Father Pavone's last stand | Catholic Culture. Father Pavone is a zealot for the unborn. Perhaps, in his zealousness, he has made some errors. Again, I refer back to the comparison above. The disobedience to the bishop is a serious one. Even St. Pio obeyed and went silent when it was ordered. But St. Pio was not dealing with mass murder. One wonders if this were the case, would he have retreated for the years that he did?

Look, this is not about uttering "g--- damn" or displaying fetal remains on a table sometimes used for Mass (not that it should ever have been, we are not in the catacombs, yet). This is about shutting him up and getting rid of him because of his zealous fight against the murder of the unborn.

This is the Vatican and Papacy that gives office space to Jeffery Sachs.

This is the Vatican and Papacy that has signed on and promoted the United Nations' anti-life sustainability goals.

This is the Vatican and Papacy that has utterly destroyed the Pontifical Academy for Life and is turning Catholic moral teaching on its head. 

This is from the Pope that praised Italy's Emma Bonino, a notorious abortionist. A post on this blog about his praise of her remains the most widely read in the history of this blog. Vox Cantoris: Pope Bergoglio! Shall we look at what she did?

I could go on.

No, this is not about an argument with a bishop, profanity, or bad judgment in presenting a visual argument. This is about those Vatican rats shutting up a man who is an attack on their own consciences and the Democrat Party politburo who has had enough of these uppity Catholics.

A stinking disgrace.

Saturday, 17 December 2022

O Sapientia

O WISDOM, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High,
reaching from one end to the other,
mightily and sweetly ordering all things:
Come and teach us the way of prudence.

"The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord." Isaiah 11:2-3 
"He is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in wisdom." Isaiah 28:29

The beauty and holiness of the sung Advent Ember Saturday

Today is the Advent Ember Saturday. It also happens to be the day, when at Vespers, we sing the great "O" Antiphons at the Magnificat. At noon today, I will chant the Advent Ember liturgy in a small country church. A friend will vest and chant the lections from the sanctuary and I will sing the great Graduals looking down from the small loft. Vox will be joined by Fox (a name coined by the dearly missed Kinkora priest). We will sing the simple Advent ferial Mass, Veni, Veni Emmanuel, Rorate Caeli, Conditor Alme Siderum, and the Alma Redemptoris. Simple and beautiful chants preparing in our hearts and minds for the Nativity of the Lord.

"Today is Ember Saturday in Advent. It is a day of Fast and Partial Abstinence as we prepare for one week from today the coming of the Lord. Today is a Major Feria, not Privileged Station at St. Peter‘s. In the first ages ordinations took place in Rome only in the month of December usually at the tomb of St. Peter. The Pope alone inherits the plenitude of St. Peter’s primacy, and in the Twelfth Century it came to be the rule that the papal consecration alone was carried out at the altar over the tomb of the Apostle. The long Mass contains the traces of the fast which began after supper on Friday and lasted until the dawn of Sunday; in that period there was no Mass on Saturday. St. Gregory shortened the primitive vigil and the Mass assumed the form in which we have it today. The Mass includes the great canticle of the Blessings which, in the earlier rite formed the morning doxology. According to the Pontifical now in use, Tonsure is conferred after the Kyrie Eleison; the ordination of Porters follows the first lesson; of Readers, the second; of Exorcists, the third; of Acolytes, the fourth; of sub-deacons, the fifth. Deaconship is conferred at the end of the Epistle; the priesthood is conferred after the first versicle of the Tract. Christianity came into a world in which events were carefully noted; the oriental religions arose in a primitive world lost in the haze of primitive barbarism. It is for this reason that St. Luke begins the narrative of the Gospel of Jesus with chronological notes concerning the rulers who were then controlling the destinies of Palestine. The Messias assumes the consoling name of Emmanuel, God with us. The Word Himself will soon come to make, His dwellIng-place amongst us and to redeem us, and in order to show by His very name all this merciful plan of salvation, He will be called Emmanuel and Jesus– that is, Saviour."

Dr. Peter Kwasniewski writes of The Demanding Glory of Advent’s Ember Saturday - OnePeterFive. He recalls his first time attending and singing the great hymn from the Book of Daniel - Benedictus es. My first Ember was not the first time I had sung that hymn. When the Toronto Oratory offered the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite in Latin, we sang it on Trinity Sunday. It is actually an option in the new Missal to substitute it for the Gradual in the new Latin missal and it does show up as Responsory Psalm every three years. 

I recall. my own first experience with the full Advent Ember Saturday. At the time, I was the cantor at a lovely church in the bucolic hamlet of Kinkora, 2 hours west of Toronto where each Sunday the diocesan priest offered the Mass in the extraordinary form. We scheduled a Rorate Mass for the early morning. It was December 22, 2012, ten years ago. I began to sing at St. Patrick's Kinkora in January 2011. Admittedly, Father and I were both not as acquainted with the calendar as we should have been, it was, yes, even for Vox Cantoris, a learning process. I received a call from Father on Thursday in a panic. He had just spoken with a priest from the Fraternity of St. Peter and mentioned the Rorate. To his horror, the Fraternity priest issued a rebuke! "It's Ember Saturday, it outranks, you cannot do a Rorate!" A simple solution I advised was to simply keep the schedule. The people are coming, we light the candles, and have the Ember Saturday at 5:30 A.M. I went the night before and we reviewed the Lessons which he would sing and the glorious Graduals which I would sing. From that point, the only time I have not sung the Advent Ember Saturday was when it was outranked by the Feast of St. Thomas or the tyrannical challenges of 2020 and 2021. In the 1962 Roman Missal, the Ember Saturday is stripped, having just one Lesson. Embers were to be part of the new calendar as determined by national bishop conferences. They all determined the four Ember Weeks should be discarded. 

Here is what was lost and which we have reclaimed and having done so, will never let go.

INTROIT Ps 79:4, 2.

Come, O Lord, from Your throne upon the Cherubim; if Your face shine upon us, then we shall be safe. Ps 79:2 O Shepherd of Israel, hearken, O Guide of the flock of Joseph! V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Come, O Lord, from Your throne upon the Cherubim; if Your face shine upon us, then we shall be saved.
Let us pray.
V. Let us kneel.
R. Arise.
O God, You Who see how we are troubled by our evil tendencies, mercifully grant that we may find consolation in Your coming. Who livest and reignest with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. R. Amen

Lesson  Isa 19:20-22
Lesson from the book of Isaias: In those days, they shall cry out to the Lord against their oppressors, and He shall send them a Savior to defend and deliver them. The Lord shall make Himself known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the Lord in that day; they shall offer sacrifices and oblations, and fulfill the vows they make to the Lord. Although the Lord shall smite Egypt severely, He shall heal them; they shall turn to the Lord and He shall be won over, and the Lord, our God, shall heal them.
Gradual Ps 18:7, 2.
At one end of the heavens, He comes forth, and His course is to their other end. V. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims His handiwork.
Let us pray.
V. Let us kneel.
R. Arise.
Grant, we beseech You, almighty God, that we who are heavy-laden under the yoke of sin may be delivered from the bondage of old by the long-awaited new birth of Your only-begotten Son. Who livest and reignest with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. R. Amen

Lesson  Isa 35:1-7
Lesson from the book of Isaias: Thus says the Lord: The desert and the parched land will exult; the steppe will rejoice and bloom. They will bloom with abundant flowers, and rejoice with joyful song. The glory of Lebanon will be given to them, the splendor of Carmel and Saron; they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God. Strengthen the hands that are feeble, make firm the knees that are weak, say to those whose hearts are frightened: ‘Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, He comes with vindication; with divine recompense, He comes to save you.’ Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the dumb will sing. Streams will burst forth in the desert, and rivers in the steppe. The burning sands will become pools, and the thirsty ground, springs of water, says the Lord almighty.
Gradual Ps 18:6-7
He has pitched His tent in the sun, and He comes forth like the groom from his bridal chamber. V. At one end of the heavens He comes forth, and His course is to their other end.
Let us pray.
V. Let us kneel.
R. Arise.
Saddened by the guilt of our deeds, we, Your unworthy servants, beseech You, O Lord, to gladden us by the coming of Your only-begotten Son. Who livest and reignest with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. R. Amen

Lesson Isa 40:9-11
Lesson from the book of Isaias: Thus says the Lord: Go up onto a high mountain, Sion, herald of glad tidings; cry out at the top of your voice, Jerusalem, herald of good news! Fear not to cry out and say to the cities of Juda: ‘Here is your God! Here comes with power the Lord God, Who rules by His strong arm; here is His reward with Him, His recompense before Him. Like a shepherd He feeds His flock; in His arms He gathers the lambs, carrying them in His bosom, the Lord, our God.’
Gradual Ps 79:20; 79:3
O Lord God of Hosts, restore us; if Your face shine upon us, then we shall be safe.
V. Rouse Your power, O Lord, and come to save us.
Let us pray.
V. Let us kneel.
R. Arise.
Grant, we beseech You, almighty God, that the coming festival of Your Son may bring us healing today and rewards eternal. Through the same Jesus Christ, thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.

Lesson  Isa. 45:1-8
Lesson from the book of Isaias: Thus says the Lord to His anointed, Cyrus, whose right hand I grasp, subduing nations before him, and disarming kings, opening doors before him and leaving the gates unbarred: I will go before you and level the mountains; bronze doors I will shatter, and iron bars I will snap. I will give you treasures out of the darkness, and riches that have been hidden away, that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, Who calls you by your name. For the sake of Jacob, My servant, of Israel. My chosen one, I have called you by your name, giving you a title, though you knew Me not. I am the Lord and there is no other, there is no God besides Me. It is I Who arm you, though you know Me not, so that toward the rising and the setting of the sun men may know that there is none besides Me. I am the Lord, there is no other; I form the light, and create the darkness, I make well-being and create woe; I, the Lord, do all these things. Let the Just One descend, O heavens, like dew from above, like gentle rain let the skies drop Him down. Let the earth open and a Savior bud forth; let justice also spring up! I, the Lord, have created this.
Gradual Ps 79:3, 2, 3.
Rouse Your power, O Lord, and come to save us. V. O Shepherd of Israel, hearken, O Guide of the flock of Joseph! From Your throne upon the Cherubim, shine forth before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasse.
Let us pray.
V. Let us kneel.
R. Arise.
Heed in Your mercy, we beseech You, O Lord, the prayers of Your people, that we, who are justly chastised for our sins, may be consoled by the coming of Your goodness. Who livest and reignest with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. R. Amen

Lesson  Dan. 3:47-51
Lesson from the book of Daniel: In those days, the Angel of the Lord went down into the furnace with Azaria and his companions, drove the fiery flames out of the furnace, and made the inside of the furnace as though a dew-laden breeze were blowing through it. And the flames rose forty-nine cubits above the furnace, and spread out, burning the Chaldeans nearby, the king’s men who were stoking the furnace. And the fire in no way touched them or caused them pain or harm. Then these three in the furnace with one voice sang, glorifying and blessing God:

HYMN Dan. 3:52-56
Blessed are You, O Lord, the God of our fathers, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever. And blessed is Your holy and glorious name, praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages. Blessed are You in the temple of Your holy glory, praiseworthy and glorious above all forever. Blessed are You on the holy throne of Your kingdom, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever. Blessed are You upon the sceptre of Your divinity, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever. Blessed are You Who look into the depths from Your throne upon the Cherubim, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever. Blessed are You Who walk upon the wings of the wind, and on the waves of the sea, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever. Let all Your Angels and Saints bless You, and praise You and exalt You above all forever. Let the heavens, the earth, the sea and all the things that are in them bless You, and praise You and exalt You above all forever. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Praiseworthy and exalted above all forever. Blessed are You, O Lord, the God of our father, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.
Let us pray.
O God, You Who tempered the flames of fire for the three young men, mercifully grant that the flames of sin may not burn us, Your servants. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. R. Amen.

EPISTLE 2 Thess. 2:1-8
Lesson from the second letter of St Paul the Apostle to the Thessalonians: We beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together unto Him, not to be hastily shaken from your right mind, nor terrified, whether by spirit, or by utterance, or by letter attributed to us, as though the day of the Lord were near at hand. Let no one deceive you in any way, for the day of the Lord will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and is exalted above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he sits in the temple of God and gives himself out as if he were God. Do you not remember that when I was still with you, I used to tell you these things? And now you know what restrains him, that he may be revealed in his proper time. For the mystery of iniquity is already at work; provided only that he who is at present restraining it, does still restrain, until he is gotten out of the way. And then the wicked one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will slay with the breath of His mouth and will destroy with the brightness of His coming. R. Thanks be to God.

GRADUAL Ps 79:2-3
O Shepherd of Israel, hearken, O Guide of the flock of Joseph! V. From Your throne upon the Cherubim, shine forth before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasse. V. Rouse Your power, O Lord, and come to save us.

GOSPEL St Luke 3:1-6
Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was procurator of Judea, and Herod tetrarch of Galilee, and Philip his brother tetrarch of the district of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiphas, the word of God came to John, the son of Zachary, in the desert. And he went into all the region about the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of Isaias the prophet. The voice of one crying in the desert, ‘Make ready the way of the Lord, make straight His paths. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low, and the crooked ways shall be made straight, and the rough ways smooth; and all mankind shall see the salvation of God.’

Rejoice heartily, O daughter of Sion, shout for joy, O daughter of Jerusalem! See, your King shall come to you, a just Savior is He.

Look with favor, we beseech You, O Lord, upon the offerings here before You, that they may be beneficial for our devotion and for our salvation. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. R. Amen.

PREFACE of the Common
It is truly meet and just, and profitable unto salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks to thee, O Holy Lord, Father Almighty, eternal God, through Christ, our Lord. Though whom the angels praise thy majesty, the dominions adore it, the powers are in awe. Which the heavens and the hosts of heaven together with the blessed seraphim joyfully do magnify. And do thou command that it be permitted to us join with them in confessing thee, while we say with lowly praise:

He has rejoiced as a giant to run the way: at one end of the heavens He comes forth, and His course is to their other end.

We beseech You, O Lord our God, that the sacrament You have given as the bulwark of our atonement may be made a saving remedy for us in this life and in the life to come. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. R. Amen.

Friday, 16 December 2022

Well, that didn't take long - Tom Rosica cancelled!

Well, what do we have here? An email from The Jesuits of Canada.

Chalk up another victory for Vox Cantoris!

Back to the bedpans, Tom!

Dear David,

For reasons beyond his control, Fr Thomas Rosica is unable to present his webinar
Discerning and Reimagining the Church Through the Lenses of Matthew's Gospel

We are forced to cancel the session. Please accept our apologies.

We will soon confirm other insightful webinars. For now, we invite you to our next one:
What Should I Do? Making Good Decisions, Individually and in Groups. Drawing from 500 years of Ignatian wisdom, Sr. Laurence Loubières will share tested steps to deepen authentic inner listening and communal discernment that leads to good decisions.

To learn more or to register,
click here.


The Jesuits of Canada

His Wikipedia appropriately documents the history.

Tuesday, 13 December 2022

Tom Rosica makes a comeback - being hosted in a Zoom broadcast by the Jesuits of Canada!

There is an old saying about birds of a feather flocking together.

After a recent appearance at St. Peter's Church in Toronto, the Jesuits of Canada announce a major rehabilitation of Tom Rosica where he will give us his erudite thoughts, (well, will they be?) on discerning the Church today and re-imagining it through the Gospel of St. Matthew. 

For those not familiar, not only did old Tom try to sue me for writing the truth but he faced a worldwide mock-down for his actions and went away with his tail between his legs when Fogler Rubinoff decided that pro-bono only went so far and global crowd-funding would go further.

This was the first to actually expose Tom as a plagiariser. Ah, I remember it well.

"Will Francis change doctrine? No, that's not how doctrine changes. Doctrine changes when pastoral contexts shift and new insights emerge." Blah. Blah. Blah. The quote was from the National Catholic Reporter Richard Gailladartz and it was used repeatedly by Tom without attribution. Of course, after a few years, it was discovered that Rosciagate extended to twenty or thirty years of plagiarism noted previously on this blog and by Dorothy Cummings Maclean at LifeSiteNews. Yet, only a few months ago, he was again publicly exposed for doing it again. 

And the Jesuits of Canada now wish to associate with a serial plagiarist?

I can imagine a recent conversation between Tom and Gilles Mongeau, EssJay, the "Socius" of the Canada Province of the Jesuits.

Tom:     "Tell me Gilles, may I plagiarise whilst I pray?

Gilles:    "No Tom, but you may pray whilst you plagiarise!

Be sure to register!


Sunday, 11 December 2022

This Is the Record of John


This Is the Record of John

"This is the record of John. When the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? And he confessed and denied not, and said plainly, 'I am not the Christ.' And they asked him, What art thou then? Art thou Elias?  And he said, 'I am not.'  Art thou the prophet?  And he answered, 'No.' Then said they unto him, What art thou? that we may give an answer unto them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? And he said, "I am the voice of him that crieth in the wilderness: make straight the way of the Lord."

Composed by Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625). Arranged by David Domet. Text: Saint John 1:19-23. Renaissance treasure. Advent. Octavo. Published by CanticaNOVA Publications (C5.7110).

Item Number: C5.7110

The original verse anthem, telling the story of Saint John the Baptist, was written by Orlando Gibbons in (1583-1625) for countertenor alternating with full SAATB chorus. David Domet has arranged this for 2-part mixed choir (occasionally 3-pt), bass soloist, violin and organ, making it much more practical for the church choir. The arrangement is faithful to the music of the original, and retains the distinctive alternation between soloist and chorus that defines a verse anthem. The text dialogue comes from the Gospel of John [Jn 1:19-23]. The story is told by the soloist, with the chorus echoing some of the dialogue for emphasis. Ideal for the second or third Sunday of Advent, the anthem is also useful for the Solemnity of the Nativity 

Friday, 9 December 2022

Thanks Tom.

Before Rosicagate, 600,000 and that took over a decade. It's called The Rosica Effect.