One of the most ubiquitous Christmas hymns, “Angels We Have Heard on High,” sweetly captures the scene of the shepherds’ watch, of the angel that appears to them announcing Christ’s birth, and of the heavenly host singing praises to God.Read More.
When the Wisconsin Badgers’ football team travels to the Orange Bowl to play Miami Dec. 30, the players will take a 12-1 record with them — one of the best in team history. Accompanying them will be Msgr. Michael Burke — better known as “Father Mike” to the coaches and players. He has been the team’s chaplain for 40 years. He began working with the team when he was on the faculty of Madison’s Holy Name Seminary. The Badgers used the seminary fields and facilities for their summer training camp for many years.Read More.
Whether they know it or not, married couples today need lots of prayer to live their vocation well. They always have, but perhaps today they may need it more than ever. Three recently published books approach this need in rather different ways.Read More.
When Erin Bullock steps in front of the altar at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, she is there to sing parts of the liturgy and to guide members of the congregation through song. Her role as cantor at the church is as visible as the priest’s during an October Mass and much of the music she intones with her striking soprano — along with the choir and people in the pews — is the unadorned resonances of Gregorian chant. The melodic sounds are unique and often called mysterious.Read More.