Miserere

Photography © by Andy Coan

Encountering the Word — Psalm 51:11-17

From the Miserere “Turn away your face from my sins; blot out all my guilt. A clean heart create for me, God; renew in me a steadfast spirit. Do not drive me from your presence, nor take from me your holy spirit. Restore my joy in your salvation; sustain in me a willing spirit. I will teach the wicked your […]

Photography © by Andy Coan

Encountering the Word — Psalm 51:11-17

From the Miserere “Turn away your face from my sins; blot out all my guilt. A clean heart create for me, God; renew in me a steadfast spirit. Do not drive me from your presence, nor take from me your holy spirit. Restore my joy in your salvation; sustain in me a willing spirit. I will teach the wicked your […]

"King David in Prayer (detail)" by Pieter de Grebber

Allegri’s Miserere

Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652) was an Italian priest and composer of the Roman School of composers. Allegri’s masterpiece was composed in 1638 for an annual celebration during Holy Week. It was two times during Holy Week, on Wednesday and Friday during a 3:00 a.m. service, that twenty-seven candles were extinguished one at a time until there remained a single lit candle. It was said […]

Photography © by Andy Coan

Encountering the Word — Psalm 51:11-17

From the Miserere “Turn away your face from my sins; blot out all my guilt. A clean heart create for me, God; renew in me a steadfast spirit. Do not drive me from your presence, nor take from me your holy spirit. Restore my joy in your salvation; sustain in me a willing spirit. I will teach the wicked your […]

"King David in Prayer (detail)" by Pieter de Grebber

Daily Reflection — Let’s Pray the Miserere

Fridays are penitential days for Catholics.Just as we celebrate His Resurrection each Sunday, we recall that it was on a Friday that our Lord suffered His crucifixion, dying on the Cross for each of us. On Fridays, we perform some act of self-denial to make reparation for sin and to honor our Lord by turning from sin.  We should also perform […]

Praying the Rosary

What’s Holding You Back from a Deepening Faith?

Looking back at my childhood, I am thankful for the many gifts the good God sent my way in the form of people who knew and loved Him and chose to share that knowledge and love with me. There are so many examples from the good Catholic sisters and priests who taught me to my Presbyterian friend, James, who announced […]