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July 12, 2004


It has been a restful couple of days. I do not follow the American League much, so I did not know that the Cleveland Indians were so dominant when it come to the Oakland A's. I enjoyed the hospitality of some Cleveland fans when their team was winning, but I experienced some drunken near hostility in the section where I was sitting on the evening that the As demolished the Cleveland Bullpen with 13 runs and eventually finished the game at 16-7.

Sunday I attended Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. The Rector was the presider and preacher. I appreciated his homily a great deal, but he was a bit loose around the edges with the text of the mass. The music was simple and beautiful. One curiosity was the communion hymn. They used the antiphon from "A Simple Command" by Peloquin, and the verses came from "No Greater Love" by Joncas. I thought it worked well, and that early morning congregation sang it very well.

I enjoyed the singing of the Gloria. It was a simple chant setting by John Lee, the same one that had been used at my ordination.

Today there are no baseball games to attend. I am just relaxing, making it a mini retreat out here in the wilds of Plainsville, Ohio. Today was spent reading some of the books I brought punctuated with th psalms of the liturgy of hours. It is a muggy rainy day, but I took a side trip to the Presidential home of James Garfield and did a little tour of Presidential politics around 1880.

Tomorrow I return to Chicago for a few days before taking off again. There I will hopefully conclude the annual summer penance of putting numbers into little boxes, otherwise known as annual Financial Reports.

Posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. at July 12, 2004 2:11 PM

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Posted by: Maria Elena at July 12, 2004 5:01 PM

Peace, Fr Jeff.

Sounds like a good restful time, drunken clods notwithstanding. Don't forget to stop in if you're rumbling through KC later.

Posted by: Todd at July 14, 2004 5:36 AM

Greetings, Father Jeff.
Sounds like you're enjoying your vacation. I too like the Oakland A's, unless they're playing the Red Sox, but especially if they can beat the Yankees.

The John Lee Gloria has been a personal favorite of mine for quite some time, not only because it's through composed, but it comes off as a Psalm Tone. I used it often when I was at Holy Name in Providence. It was either that or Peloquin-Bells.

What I can't understand is using Joncas' verses to Peloquin's antiphon. OK, yes, I am a fan of Alex. Even still, too bad the Peloquin wasn't used as a whole. As my buddy Jason Pennington would say: Why spoil a fine martini (Peloquin) by throwing Clorox (Joncas) into the shaker? Even further: too bad "A Simple Command" didn't make the cut on the Peloquin tribute CD "Radiating Christ".

I've always loved your ideas on liturgy. I remember earlier postings of yours on NPM and CTN-music. I would have applied for the Music Director position at your parish had we not been on opposite coasts. Too bad. :-(


Posted by: Brian Michael Page at July 14, 2004 12:08 PM