Roy Campbell and St. John of the Cross

Continuing my practice of sharing some of my more interesting correspondence with my friends in the Inner Sanctum, here’s an e-mail I’ve just received from someone enquyiring about Roy Campbell’s translations of the poetry of St. John of the Cross.
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Ladydale Diary

The last time I wrote an entry in the Ladydale Diary, I was preparing for a pre-dawn flight to Texas. The purpose of this trip to the Lone Star State was my attendance at a C. S. Lewis Retreat in Camp Allen, a rural retreat centre near Navasota, an hour or more from Houston.
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New Music for the Old Rite

My friend Frank La Rocca, a fine composer of sacred music, has just had his setting of the Mass used at the celebration of the sacred liturgy in the Extraordinary Form at the National Shrine in Washington DC.  This is the first ever Mass of the Americas in the Extraordinary Form, celebrated by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.  

The whole Mass is beautiful and if you love liturgy, do listen to all (including much beautiful chant). However, if you just want to hear the choir singing Frank La Rocca’s music, here is where you’ll find it in the video, the link to which is below:

Cantico del Alba – 13:00
Kyrie/Gloria – 25:00
Ave Maria – 1:07:10 (Amy Broadbent, soloist)
Sanctus/Benedictus – 1:28:08
Agnus Dei – 1:32:05
Ave verum corpus – 1:40:00
Aue Maria – 2:06:40 – in Nahuatl (Crossley Hawn, soloist)
followed by the Salve Regina