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Category Archives: Music at SGG

Bp. Dolan’s Anniversary: Celebrating an Influential Apostolate

NOVEMBER 30, 2018, the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, marked the 25th anniversary of the episcopal consecration of the Most. Rev. Daniel L. Dolan by the Most Rev. Mark A. Pivarunas. We observed the happy occasion at St. Gertrude the Great Church in West Chester, Ohio, with a splendid Pontifical High Mass celebrated by Bishop […]

SGG’s Young Organist Composes a Magnificent Mass

by Rev. Anthony Cekada   Note : The following article originally appeared on the Rorate Caeli blog on August 31, 2017. MOST OF Rorate’s faithful followers, whatever their opinion on a whole array of other disputed issues, would no doubt agree that the Church’s great patrimony of sacred music deserves to be preserved, augmented and […]

Veni, Sancte Spiritus: A New Musical Setting

A liturgical motet by Rev. Anthony Cekada In the Preface to my book on the New Mass, Work of Human Hands, I mention that the bad music that invaded the liturgy almost immediately after the liturgical changes began in the 1960s prompted me to study music — specifically, organ, choral conducting and musical composition. I was blessed to have […]

SGG Choir: Music for Candlemas 2016

CANDLEMAS or the Feast of the Purification on February 2 is always solemnly celebrated at St. Gertrude the Great with either a Pontifical or a Solemn High Mass, preceded by the striking ceremony of the Blessing of Candles and Procession. We are pleased to present excerpts from our choir’s outstanding selection of music for the […]

SGG Choir: Music for Epiphany 2016

WE are pleased to offer excerpts from the music sung by the St. Gertrude the Great Choir at Solemn High Mass on Epiphany 2016. The celebrant was Rev. Roberto Mardones of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, who was celebrating the the twenty-fifth anniversary of his priestly ordination. The selections include: Mass in Honor of St. Joseph Calasanctius, Oreste Ravanello […]

A Hymn to St. Pius V, “Saint of the Mass”

by Rev. Anthony Cekada AS A CHURCH musician and priest who offered the traditional Latin Mass, I always thought it a pity that the pope-saint who promulgated the Missal in 1570 did not seem to have a hymn honoring him. So more than twenty-five years ago, when I was a priest at St. Pius V […]

More Organ Music from St. Gertrude’s

A French toccata that makes the organist’s fingers fly by Rev. Anthony Cekada ON THIS DAY after Christmas, we take a break from our usual theological commentary and offer you a little present in the form of some more church music. Readers will recall that my post last month on the subject, Organ Music and […]

Organ Music and Tradition at St. Gertrude the Great

by Rev. Anthony Cekada   EVEN AT AGE 13 in 1964, the Vatican II liturgical changes that were just being introduced left me a bit uneasy, in particular, the near-immediate decline of good Catholic church music. I resolved to do something about it, so at age 14, with no keyboard training at all, I began […]