Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Zechariah: Homily on Canticle of Zechariah



by M. J. Joachim

In conclusion to this A – Z Challenge, I wanted to share a homily with you. Throughout this journey, I’ve shared videos of songs, some taking place during the Mass, so you could develop an understanding of Catholic Culture, as well as appreciate some of our history.

Priests often share beautiful insights, and remind us why our faith is so special. Many priests are Catholic historians in their own right, with phenomenal knowledge they willingly share in turn.

I sincerely hope and trust you have enjoyed this journey and understand a little bit more about being catholic and why it is such a positive choice so many people make during their journey toward heaven.





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Monday, April 29, 2013

You Are Mine

by M. J. Joachim

You Are Mine is a sentimental song for me. It was sung at my Dad’s funeral more than 15 years ago. It is a joyful song, reminding us our lives belong to God, and we are pilgrims here on earth. You Are Mine was written by David Haas, one of several American, contemporary Catholic musicians and song composers, who devoted his life to musical liturgical ministry.




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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Xeno Xerxes Masong

by M. J. Joachim
Xeno Xerxes refers to the 9th Commandment, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife. This is an Augustinian video, sharing the Catholic Catechetical teaching on this particular commandment. This is a beautiful video, showing so much about our Catholic faith and how we come to believe the things we do.





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Friday, April 26, 2013

We Gather Together

by M. J. Joachim

We Gather Together is a welcoming song, inviting us to gather at the beginning of Mass. It’s a popular song in the Church and helps energize participants for the feast and celebration at hand.



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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Veni Creator Spiritus

by M. J. Joachim

"Come Holy Ghost, creator blest, and in our hearts, take up thy rest. Come with thy grace and heavenly aid, to fill the hearts which thou hast made." Veni Creator Spiritus is a song of Pentecost and the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Catholic Church. It is a song affirming the Holy Trinity, thanking and praising God and asking God’s guidance and love to protect and direct us toward a holy life of faith until we see Him in the afterlife. 





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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Ubi Caritas

by M. J. Joachim

Ubi Caritas (where charity) is a Lenten chant. During Holy Week, Catholics sing this chant while processing with the Cross to witness our faith. Charity is not reserved for Lent, so Ubi Caritas is sung at other times during the year too.



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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

To Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King

by M. J. Joachim

To Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King is a song of jubilation sung during the Easter season, and at various times throughout the year. It is a happy song where Catholics pledge their hearts to God, proclaiming Him as Victor, Ruler and Redeemer!





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Monday, April 22, 2013

Stabat Mater

by M. J. Joachim

Stabat Mater is a Marian song focused on the Sorrows of Mary, and the sadness she endured being Mother of God. It is a solemn song, often sung on Good Friday (and throughout the Lenten season), which takes pilgrims on the journey of Mary’s sorrows as she witnessed her Son carrying the cross, being crucified and dying for our sins.



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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Regina Caeli

by M. J. Joachim

Regina Caeli is a very old, Catholic Latin hymn. It is sung during Easter Season, from Holy Saturday through Pentecost (the birthday of the Church). It is also sung or recited during particular prayers, Liturgy of the Hours and Vespers. Meaning Queen of Heaven, it is a Marian song of praise for Mary’s love and willingness to embrace her role as Mother of our Lord. The words, while making specific reference to Mary, also direct themselves to Jesus and His Resurrection, proclaiming joy and thanksgiving for the promise of everlasting life with Him in Heaven someday. 





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Friday, April 19, 2013

Hail Queen of Heaven

by M. J. Joachim

Hail Queen of Heaven was written by Fr. John Lingard at a time when Catholic persecutions in England were starting to be relaxed, allowing Catholics to practice their faith a little more freely. The words plead for Mary’s prayers during this time of trial and tribulation in the Church, and ask her to shield Catholics and keep them true to God and their holy Catholic faith.



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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Pan de Vida

by M. J. Joachim

Pan de Vida is a Communion song. Jesus is the Bread of Life. Catholics sing during Eucharist and celebrate partaking in our meal together. This is a song of worship and praise to Jesus, as we take Him – body, blood, soul and divinity, into our very beings during the Eucharistic celebration at Mass.





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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

O Sanctissima

by M. J. Joachim

O Sanctissima is a Christmas song, depicting the love of God that brought Him forth from a woman during His human birth. It is a reverent song of praise for both Jesus and Mary, helping us to remember the humility Mary must have had, to carry out the task of being Mother of our Lord.





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Monday, April 15, 2013

Nunc Dimittis

by M. J. Joachim

Nunc Dimittis is a song of the servant, being dismissed to serve the Lord. Historically known as the Canticle of Simeon, this song refers to God’s answer to Simeon’s prayer, that he should not die until he laid eyes on Jesus, the Savior of the world. It is recited during Liturgical Prayers, and at various other appropriate times throughout the Church’s liturgical year.





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Magnificat

by M. J. Joachim

The Magnificat is a Marian song based on Mary’s response to St. Elizabeth during the Visitation. It is also known as the Song of Mary or Canticle of Mary, in which Mary rejoices in God for the gift of Jesus, which God has bestowed on her.



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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Laudate Dominum

by M. J. Joachim

“Praise the Lord!” Laudate Dominum comes from the Psalm 116, which was put to music by William Byrd and Mozart. In Catholic Churches, it is sung during Benedictions of the Blessed Sacrament and as a doxology during specific parts of the Mass, or as desired for various occasions.




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Friday, April 12, 2013

The King of Glory Comes

by M. J. Joachim

The King of Glory Comes is a joyous song sung primarily on Palm Sunday, the day Christ entered Jerusalem, prior to being arrested, tried and crucified for our salvation. It is a song based on Scriptural passages from each of the four Gospels. The words express gratitude, rejoicing and recognition that Jesus is the Son of the Living God, the long awaited Savior of the world.



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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee

by M. J. Joachim

The words of Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee are set to Beethoven’s Symphony #9, Ode to Joy music. It is quite simply a joyful exaltation of love for God.





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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Immaculate Mary

by M. J. Joachim

Immaculate Mary is a song I sung often in elementary school, having attended St. Mary Catholic School in California. It’s one of my favorites. Immaculate Mary is often sung during the month of May, especially at the May Crowning of Mary. The May Crowning is an annual tradition where Catholics crown Mary’s head with a wreath of fresh flowers, to show reverence and respect for her role as Mother of God, in our faith and salvation.




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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Here I Am, Lord

by M. J. Joachim

Here I Am Lord is a song based on Scripture (Isaiah 6: 8 and 1 Samuel 3). It is a song of praise and a call to ministry in the Catholic Church, which makes it suitable to be sung at popular sacramental events, including Papal Masses and Ordinations. It was written in 1981 by Dan Schutte, a popular contemporary, Catholic musician and song writer.





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Monday, April 8, 2013

Faith of Our Fathers



by M. J. Joachim

Faith of Our Fathers, written by Frederick William Faber, was a convert to Catholicism in the early 1800’s. As a Protestant, he enjoyed the music of his former church, something that seemed to be lacking in the Catholic Church at the time. One of his goals was to bring more music into the Catholic Church.

Historically, Faith of Our Fathers refers to Catholic persecution under the reign of Henry VIII, and the hope that England would reclaim her Catholic faith someday. Faith of Our Fathers is only one song of many, Faber published to increase music in the Mass. Several of his songs were adapted (or modified) to be sung in Protestant churches as well.





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M. J.

p.s. My bad. I've been a bit under the weather these past few days and accidentally posted G before F. Ah life. And then we get back up and try again. Best of Monday to everyone! 

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Glory to God in the Highest

by M. J. Joachim

Glory to God in the Highest is one of our daily Mass prayers. It is often spoken for daily Mass, and sung for Sunday Mass and special occasions. However, depending on the culture or desired atmosphere, Glory to God may be spoken during Sunday Mass and on special occasions.



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Friday, April 5, 2013

Eucharist Song

by M. J. Joachim

This is a fun song used to teach children the catechism. It has a catchy tune and helps people of all ages understand the meaning of the Eucharist.




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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Deo Gratias

by M. J. Joachim

Latin for “Thanks be to God,” Deo Gratias is a song of praise, thanksgiving and worship in the Catholic Church. It is used during prayer, in the Mass and as a personal exaltation to praise God and thank Him for His goodness.



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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Christ the Lord is Risen Today

by M. J. Joachim

Christ the Lord is Risen Today is one of my favorite Easter songs. When you read the words and listen to the music, you’ll understand why.




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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Be Not Afraid

by M. J. Joachim

Be Not Afraid is a song about hope in our life’s journey.  It is a song of love, blessing, perseverance and guidance throughout our Christian life, but most especially at the time of our death and during periods of darkness in our lives.




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Monday, April 1, 2013

Ave Maria

by M. J. Joachim

Ave Maria is a prayer and a song. It is perhaps one of the most popular Marian songs. Translated, Ave Maria is the Hail Mary, based in scripture, written from the Gospel of Luke and passages relating to the Angel Gabriel and the Annunciation, as well as Mary’s Visitation to Elizabeth.




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