Musical Musings

Now Thank We All Our God

Hymn Stories
October 6, 2022


For many, our closing hymn for today (“Now Thank we All our God”) brings up memories...Read more

Here at this Table

Hymn Stories
August 17, 2022


Janèt Sullivan Whitaker

Our Communion hymn today is “Here at this Table”. This hymn was written by...Read more

For The Beauty Of The Earth

Hymn Stories
July 25, 2022

Our Closing hymn at Mass on July 31, "For the Beauty of the Earth", was written by Folliot Pierpoint in 1864.

In...Read more

Join the Music Ministry this Holiday Season

Make a Joyful Noise
November 24, 2021

Join the St Michael Music Ministry!

All those interested, please contact JaNet Handcock, Directory of Liturgy and Music

925‐292‐5071 or more

Absolute Joy and Praise to God

A Musical Walk Through the Mass: The Gloria
September 29, 2021

The Gloria (sometimes referred to as the “Glory to God”) is a beautiful prayer that we sing toward the beginning of Mass....Read more

Preparation of the Gifts

Musical Walk through the Mass: Part 5
September 21, 2021

Following our recitation of the Creed and the Prayer of the Faithful, the Liturgy of the Eucharist begins with the Presentation and Preparation...Read more

Make My Life an Alleluia: The Gospel Acclamation

Musical Walk through the Mass: Part 4
August 11, 2021


The Almighty has done great things for me: he has raised up the lowly....Read more

The Bridge Between Readings: The Responsorial Psalm

A Musical Walk through the Mass: Part 3
July 23, 2021

Many books, masters and doctors thesis have been written on the subject of the Responsorial Psalm.

In this blog entry, I will...Read more

More Than Traveling Music: Entrance Chant

Musical Walk through the Mass Part 2
July 8, 2021

Before Mass begins, we gather in a spirit of recollection, preparing for our participation in the Mass.

We sit or kneel for...Read more

A Musical Walk through the Mass

Part 1: The Entrance Antiphon
June 24, 2021

Now that we are “getting back to normal,” let’s explore the back story of the music at Mass.

Today, we look...Read more
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