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Lorenzo Candelaria
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Lorenzo Candelaria (PhD, Yale University) is a professor of music history and literature at The University of Texas at El Paso. His area of research focuses on expressions of faith through the music, art, and rituals of Roman Catholicism. He is the author of The Rosary Cantoral which received the Robert M. Stevenson Award of the American Musicological Society, and American Music: A Panorama, a leading introduction to music in American cultures. He is currently writing a book on music in Mexican Catholicism.

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A Musical Triumph by the Brides of Christ

(4) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 4:47 PM

Over three days during Lent this year, the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles -- a community of Catholic nuns in Gower, Mo. -- quietly assembled in their priory of Our Lady of Ephesus to record Angels and Saints at Ephesus, an extraordinary album of sacred...

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Christmas Comes to the Americas: Now What?

(3) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 3:31 PM

Feliz Navidad and Merry Christmas! Yes, I know that New Year's Day has already come and gone. But the beautiful Christmas songs that continue at daily Mass in the Catholic Church remind me that Dec. 25, 2012, was not the end of a season but the beginning. Everywhere around me,...

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Lent: Music for a Penitential Season

(2) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 12:09 PM

Please join the HuffPost community in "A Lenten Journey" for reflections throughout Lent, and join our online Lenten community here.

The "Golden Century" of Spanish sacred music owes much of its splendor to Cristóbal de Morales -- a Roman Catholic composer whose works were as famous...

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Madonna and the Work of God

(25) Comments | Posted December 30, 2011 | 12:46 PM

The turn of the year brings with it the usual slate of retrospective pieces -- notable stories of 2011 that, more often than not, were of a sensational variety: Osama Bin Laden, Penn State, Steve Jobs, the Arab Spring. The more circumscribed world of music and religion had its notable...

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Our Lady of Guadalupe and Mexican Independence

(102) Comments | Posted September 16, 2011 | 6:22 AM

At daybreak on Sept. 16, 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo, a Roman Catholic priest at the parish of Our Lady of Sorrows in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, led the first of several uprisings that would ultimately lead to Mexico's independence from Spain in 1821.

El dieciséis de septiembre is a momentous...

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The Biblical Roots of Christian Song

(16) Comments | Posted April 20, 2011 | 8:20 AM

Pope Benedict XVI reminds us in a thought-provoking book (The Spirit of the Liturgy) that "the importance of music in biblical religion is shown very simply by the fact that the verb 'to sing' (with related words such as 'song,' and so forth) is one of the most commonly used...

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Mozart the Catholic: What Could Have Been

(42) Comments | Posted April 3, 2011 | 10:08 PM

In April 1791, events were set in motion that would have changed the history of sacred music forever. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (whose mild notoriety as a Freemason tends to eclipse the fact that he was a Roman Catholic) had inquired about the possibility of becoming an unpaid assistant to Leopold...

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The Sacred Nature of Music

(46) Comments | Posted February 12, 2011 | 8:15 PM

Christina Aguilera's widely panned performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the start of Super Bowl XLV reminds us of the sacred nature of music. The world's religions have long recognized the power of song in worship. On Super Bowl Sunday 2011, it became clear that, even in fiercely...

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Praying Through Music: The History of Sacred Notation

(73) Comments | Posted January 23, 2011 | 10:13 PM

The musical arts of the Roman Catholic Church rank among its greatest contributions to contemporary culture. Music existed outside of the Church, of course. But it was the Catholic Church that first truly cultivated the art as we know it. In the service of praising God, it fostered a number...

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