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Sacred Music Vol. 1
Sacred Music Vol. 1
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long-awaited recording, and well worth the wait, October 29, 2013
This review is from: Sacred Music Vol. 1 (Audio CD)
This superb choir of an Anglo-Catholic parish of the Episcopal Church deserves to be widely heard and known. This CD shows why, and it's a long-awaited recording of a choir that produces excellent renditions of liturgical motets, anthems, and Gregorian chant propers week in and week out during the parish's 11 a.m. Solemn High Mass. Longtime Choirmaster Thomas Wikman presides expertly over a collection of some of the finest choral singers in Chicago. The parish website is at [...]


The Saint Helena Psalter: A New Version of the Psalms in Expansive Language
The Saint Helena Psalter: A New Version of the Psalms in Expansive Language
by The Order of Saint Helena
Edition: Hardcover
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly inclusive and highly thoughtful psalter translation, May 26, 2006
Sometimes those who attempt to revise liturgical texts into inclusive language (language that eliminates unnecessary references to men, when there's no reason to specify a sex) approach the task too lightly and just blithely change all references to "Lord" to "God" and think they've inclusivized the text satisfactorily. The result in those cases is that the text pounds the reader (and the praying congregation) in the head with continual reminders that THIS IS INCLUSIVE LANGUAGE.

Much better are efforts like this one, The Saint Helena Psalter. The Order of Saint Helena is a community of Episcopal women religious who pray the psalter in its entirety every two weeks, reciting or chanting psalms four times a day in several houses around the country. A committee of OSH sisters revised the 1979 Book of Common Prayer psalter over a long period of time, praying the resulting texts and studying them for further revision. What went into this edition of the psalms is not only an eye for inclusive language but also an ear for how texts read, how they work when chanted, and how they express the words of the original Hebrew texts. The result feels not at all radical but thoughtful, poetic, and faithful to the original. It is a work done lovingly, over plenty of time, and with scholarship and prayer. This psalter forms the basis for the OSH's superb new Saint Helena Breviary, soon to arrive in its personal edition and available from the monastery in a monastic edition with chant. My only minor quibble is with the very, very tight binding of this psalter...extremely durable but tiring to hold open. You'll want to spend some time carefully massaging it to get it to flatten out somewhat. A larger-type edition with lay-flat binding (wire-O binding would be great) would be very useful. But this is not enough of a quibble to deduct a star. Thank you, OSH, for this valuable contribution to the praying of the Divine Office.


Choral Works
Choral Works
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Both uplifting and serious sacred music, August 8, 2000
This review is from: Choral Works (Audio CD)
This is excellent music for Anglican liturgy with an extra measure of joyful rhythm and delicious harmony. It's holy music that smiles. A good contemporary addition to any library of cathedral music. And the liner notes helped me finally figure out the funny lyrics to the theme from Mr. Bean.


We Give You Thanks and Praise: The Ambrosian Eucharistic Prefaces
We Give You Thanks and Praise: The Ambrosian Eucharistic Prefaces
by Alan Griffiths
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done, useful, reasonably priced resource, June 3, 2000
I've received my copy of this from Amazon, and it is very nice: more than 300 prefaces very well translated (I think...at least stylistically, they're fine). And it's refreshing to see a useful liturgical book being published in a relatively inexpensive edition.
I could easily see them being adapted for use with, say Rite II in the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer. Just lop off the formulaic first and last paragraphs and use the substantial, proper middle section with the BCP first and last paragraphs. Or not! They'd stand alone just fine with no lopping.
...after appropriate approvals from liturgical and canonical authorities, of course. Or with Rite III!


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