Hello Wonderful Students!
I hope that you are having a beautiful day with your family. This is a trying time, yes, but it is also a blessed time to be with the people we love (and I know that this isn’t easy, sometimes, but it is special). I am starting, now, to post special, listening assignments of the best music I know.
I’ll begin with one of my favorites (that my children love, too!). It is the fourth movement from Symphony No. 9 (Known as “The New World Symphony”) by Antonin Dvorak. Just click on this link to see the performance by the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel that was VERY PASSIONATELY (understatement!) performed for Pope Emeritus Benedict:
Enjoy, and feel free to SHARE THIS with the people you love!!!
On this Wednesday, at Noon, Pope Francis has invited all Christians in the entire world to pray the Our Father together, for deliverance from the Corona Virus.
On Friday, Pope Francis will give his “Urbi et Orbi” (“City and World”) blessing to the entire world for deliverance from the Corona Virus. This blessing is normally given only at Christmas and Easter, but is being given now because of the extraordinary time we are living through.
Pope Francis calls on all of us to pray constantly (especially the “Our Father”) for our world in this time.
Here is the link for today’s beautiful song, sung by the Concert Choir on TV this past December:
Today is the Solemnity of the Annunciation, the day (exactly nine months before Christmas) that the Angel Gabriel came to ask Mary to become the Mother of Jesus. Mary’s “Yes” changed human history!
If you would like to learn more, and pray more, you can go to this link, below:
These are the readings for Mass today….Just because we can’t be together doesn’t mean we can’t pray
P.S. Pope Francis has asked “ALL CHRISTIANS IN THE ENTIRE WORLD” to pray an Our Father, today at Noon, for the healing of our world from the Coronavirus. Please join me in praying the prayer Jesus taught us at Noon today!
Here is the music that we will be singing for the Feast of the Ascension. See music here.
- Music Video Lessons
Music Break #1
Dancing is optional but recommended…Who doesn’t love giraffes?!?
Music Break #2
John Williams conducts, Jurassic Park
Music Break #3
Feel free to dance….and smile!
Music Break #4
O Sacred Heart Surrounded (great for lent) & an American tune!
Music Break #5
Some beautiful music to share from Italy!
Music Break #6
This is my favorite children’s book of all time: The Selfish Giant, by Oscar Wilde.
I hope that you have a blessed weekend.
Yes, you guessed it: I have declared it MAMBO FRIDAY!!!
Get your MAMBO going!!!
This is the Miserere (Psalm 51) by Gregorio Allegri
(This is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever composed, but I’ll let you be the judge.)
This piece was originally composed to be prayed ONLY on Good Friday at the Sistine Chapel, in the presence of the Pope during Tenebrae (a service of combined Morning Prayer and the Office of Readings, parts of the Liturgy of the Hours), as the sun rises in the morning. Candles were extinguished as the sun rises, until only one remained: The Light of Christ.
Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness.
In your compassion blot out my offense.
O wash me more and more from my guilt and cleanse me from my sin.
My offenses truly I know them; my sin is always before me.
Against you, you alone, have I sinned; what is evil in your sight I have done.
That you may be justified when you give sentence and be without reproach when you judge.
O see, in guilt was I born, a sinner was I conceived.
Indeed you love truth in the heart; then in the secret of my heart teach me wisdom.
O purify me, then I shall be clean; O wash me, I shall be whiter than snow.
Make me hear rejoicing and gladness, that the bones you have crushed may revive.
From my sins turn away your face and blot out all my guilt.
A pure heart create for me, O God, put a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence, nor deprive me of your holy spirit.
Give me again the joy of your help;
with a spirit of fervor sustain me, that I may teach transgressors your ways and sinners may return to you.
O rescue me, God, my helper, and my tongue shall ring out your goodness.
O Lord, open my lips and my mouth shall declare your praise.
For in sacrifice you take no delight, burnt offering from me you would refuse; my sacrifice, a contrite spirit.
A humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn.
In your goodness, show favor to Zion: rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
Then you will be pleased with lawful sacrifice, holocausts offered on your altar.