Notes on the Music for the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15, 2018

Dr. Leon Podles

Daily, daily sing to Mary is a translation of the Latin hymn Omni die dic Mariae, by St. Bernard of Cluny. St. Casimir, patron of Poland and Lithuania (1458-1484), had a devotion to this poem, and it is sometimes attributed to him, as it was found in his tomb. It was translated by Henry Bittleston (1818-1886), an Anglican priest who converted to Catholicism and joined the Oratory at Birmingham with John Henry Newman.

Be joyful Mary, heavenly Queen is a translation of Regina coeli, iubila, an anonymous 17th century hymn. The tune was written by Johann Leisentritt (1527-1586), and published in his Catholicum Hymnologium Germanicum in 1584.

Hail Holy Queen enthroned above is an anonymous translation of Salve regina coelitum by Hermanus contractus (The Crippled or The Lame). Hermann was a son of the Count of Altshausen. He was crippled by a paralytic disease from early childhood. He was born in 1013, with a cleft palate, cerebral palsy and is said to have had spina bifida. Hermann possibly had either amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or spinal muscular atrophy. As a result, he had great difficulty moving and could hardly speak. At seven, he was placed in a Benedictine monastery by his parents who could no longer look after him. He grew up in the monastery, learning from the monks and developing a keen interest in both theology and the world around him. He spent most of his life in the Abbey of Reichenau. He was renowned as a musical composer and wrote a treatise on the science of music. When he went blind in later life, he began writing hymns, the best known of which is Salve Regina Coelitum.

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  • Friday - December 14
    St John of the Cross, Press and Doctor of the Church
    5:30 pm: Spoken Mass
    6:30 pm: Book Group
  • Saturday - December 15
    Advent Feria
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  • Sunday - December 16
    Third Sunday of Advent
    8:00 am - Spoken Mass
    9:00 am - Catechism of the Good Shepherd
    9:00 am - Adult Catechesis
    9:30 am - Confessions
    10:00 am - Sung Mass
    4:00 pm - Informal Evensong
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    O Sapientaia
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  • Tuesday - December 18
    O Adonai
    12:10 pm: Spoken Mass
  • Wednesday - December 19
    O Radix Jesse
    12:10 pm: Spoken Mass
  • Thursday - December 20
    O Clavis David
    12:10 pm: Spoken Mass
  • Friday - December 21
    O Oriens

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