14 July 2010

Fr. Samuel Weber, OSB, Director of the Institute of Sacred Music for the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, Presents Paper at International Conference

NLM has posted the Fota III conference notes of Dom Alban Nunn, highlighting the presentation of Fr. Samuel Weber, OSB, Director of the Archdiocese's Institute of Sacred Music.

Fr. Weber's talk is thus described:

The final day commenced with Dom Samuel Weber's paper on the use of psalms. Extensive illustrations were provided with excerpts from the St Louis Gradual and the St Louis Hymnal for the Hours together with a bilingual edition of Compline. This presentation was essentially a practical exploration of what could be employed on the way to realizing a fuller use of the canonical psalter within the liturgy particularly in the proper texts which Fr Samuel identified as a particular concern in the thought of Benedict XVI.

Fr. Weber's work in the Archdiocese is vital to bringing a greater sense of the sacred into the music of ordinary parish liturgy. It is exactly the kind of approach needed to bring liturgical music of today in line with the historical patrimony of the Church -- including new liturgical texts set to classic chant and polyphonic settings in Latin and English.

It is nice to see Fr. Weber's contributions continue to be acknowledged in the international arena. Hopefully, St. Louis knows what it has, too. Toward that end, I really hope this talk is covered in the Review. The conference was entirely dedicated to Pope Benedict's vision of liturgical restoration, and in addition to Fr. Weber's talk, the Archbishop Emeritus of Saint Louis gave a presentation and presided at Vespers.
It sure seems like a great local angle to an important universal Church event.

3 comments:

j said...

coming to a parish near you? i'd like to think so ... hope so ... but i seriously doubt anytime soon. not in MY parish. 3 years ago i wrote an email merely asking our pastor if/when we could begin having *some* latin introduced to the liturgy, and he wrote me back a diatribe saying that latin will NEVER be used at our parish. he went on to commiserate about how when he was a newly ordained priest just before Vatican II, he was celebrating Mass in language he didn't understand, etc. i was stunned. at our Easter Vigil this year, the readings were interrupted by our choir and organist who would give sound effects (yes SOUND EFFECTS) during the Liturgy of the Word for the readings from Genesis. "...and the Spirit moved over the waters ..." and the reader would stop and the organ would swell with a "whoosh" sound and the choir started singing some refrain and it was just sooooooooooooo awful. < end rant >.

Neal said...

God Bless Father Samuel

Anonymous said...

I have high respect for this Benedictine monk! A brave and honest man. God bless him!