Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Church of England’s purging of school hymns is reckless cultural destruction

Thursday, May 20th, 2021

It’s a long-standing joke that the Church of England exists largely to remove any idea of religion from our national life. The more the Church has sought to make its services more “inclusive” and “relevant”, the more Christians have converted to other denominations where they think things are done properly (notably Roman Catholicism), and the more those curious Read more

The liturgical medium is the message

Thursday, May 13th, 2021
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Contemporary worship music is often banal. No matter the content, the form by itself trivializes what takes place in the liturgy. We keep trying to put asunder what God has joined together—medium and message, form and content—but invariably the divorce does not end well. I’ll never forget when our kids came home with a new Read more

Call for better music at Mass

Thursday, May 6th, 2021
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Better music at Mass and carefully chosen songs would make attending Mass a more uplifting experience for churchgoers, reports a survey of nearly 2,000 Catholics. The May 4 survey reflected the views of those aged 21-39 and one of the questions the Truth Data Survey asked was: “What would you like to change at Mass?” Read more

Financial pressures occasion change at cathedral

Monday, March 22nd, 2021
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“Ongoing unsustainable losses” at Wellington’s Sacred Heart Cathedral have put the music department in the spotlight. The financial situation has been made worse because of the cathedral’s temporary closure and Covid-19. The church says it has no option but to restructure, and if the current plan is put into action, it will see the Cathedral Read more

Internationally-acclaimed musicians in concert at new Kāpiti church

Monday, August 3rd, 2020
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Two local musician, both internationally acclaimed in their own right, performed in concert to celebrate the opening of Our Lady of Kapiti Catholic Church in Kāpiti. Construction of the new church complex began January 2019, and Cardinal John Dew blessed the church and parish centre on Saturday, May 30. Organist Dr Kemp English and his Read more

Priest pens ode to supermarket workers

Monday, May 4th, 2020

Fr Chris Skinner SM of Auckland’s Marist Seminary has composed a new song, Super Supermarket Worker, a tribute to all the supermarket workers of Aotearoa New Zealand and particularly those he has met as the “designated shopper” for the eight-strong seminary community these long Lockdown weeks. “I was really conscious of all the supermarket workers Read more

Woman thinks piano in ruined church needs to be played

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

Josh Roe was live for newscasts at Faith Community Wesleyan Church. It is one of the many buildings destroyed by the Easter storms. Tracy Coats saw the piano in the rubble and told Josh that she felt it just needed to be played. Read more Related Posts:Church leaders key in sharing COVID vaccine messageBrewery bar, Read more

Priests compose songs to commemorate Christchurch Mosque tragedy

Monday, March 16th, 2020
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To mark the first anniversary of the Mosque shooting tragedy, Father James Lyons and Fr Chris Skinner have worked with each other to record two commemorative songs. Lyons sent a link to the songs to the prime minister with a note saying: “We think these songs could play a part in this current time of Read more

Mission Concert close to sold out in 7 days

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

The Mission Concert is close to a full house just seven days after announcing Phil Collins as its top billing. Promoters said the tickets have all sold bar a “small allocation” of extra tickets that will go on sale next week. continue reading Related Posts:Wairarapa church unlikely to be soldLuxury handbags for those in need3 Read more

Ta’u Pupu’a: from football player to opera singer with Dame Kiri’s help

Monday, August 6th, 2018
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Ta’u Pupu’ moved from Tonga to the United States with his family when he was about eight years old, the youngest of nine siblings. As a young man, he was accepted into Weber State University in Utah on a full football scholarship. From there he was drafted to the Cleveland Browns. He later went on to Read more