Sunday, October 18, 2009

Kantor/Cantor, what is a Kantor, Cantor? Part III: "Becoming a Better Bach"

Southern Lutheran Kantor suggests a title for a Joel Osteen book that he might actually read:
Becoming a Better Bach: Seven Steps to Change You into the Kantor from Leipzig

Along with the title comes seven+ suggestions on becoming a better kantor.  Head on over to his blog to find out more details.

In the mean time, I have suggested other titles for this proposed book.
  • Your Best Kantor Now 
  • Be All that You Kant Be
  • Set Your Kantor Ablaze! 
  • I Kant Therefore I Am (also a good title for his philosophic writing) 
Submit your suggestions for the proposed book title in the comment section here at All for Hymn or over at Southern Lutheran Kantor.

On another note, I want to thank Southern Lutheran Kantor for providing a link to this blog in his post.

More About Iggy...

Issues, Etc. did a segment on Ignatius of Antioch this past Friday.

Of special note, the guest for this segment, Dr. Thomas von Hagel, has a book about saints and heroes of faith.  One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism can be purchased through CPH for the outrageous price of $5WOO-HOO!!!

Once again, I am having trouble getting the broadcast to embed here on the blog, but I think if you click here, a download will start.

Weedon: So Very Ordinary

It's so ordinary.

I go to church every Sunday and everything is the same.  Can't they do anything different?

Funny you should mention that!  Certain parts of the liturgy are called the Ordinary.

These are the things that remain essentially the same week-in and week-out.

Those parts include:

  • Kyrie: Lord Have Mercy
  • Gloria: Glory be to God on High/Glory to God in the Highest/This is the Feast
  • Credo: Apostles Creed/Nicene Creed/Athanasian Creed
  • Sanctus: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of Sabaoth (Power and Might)
  • Agnus Dei: Lamb of God
Pastor Wil Weedon of Weedon's Blog tackles the differences in the texts (including Luther's Chorales) in his post On Variation in Text of the Ordinary.

One might ask, if these remain constant, what does change?

The things that change every week are called the Propers.  These include:
  • Introit/Entrance Hymn
  • Collect of the Day
  • Appointed Readings from Scripture
  • Psalm or Gradual
  • Alleluia (or other Verse)
  • Hymn of the Day
  • Prayers of the Church
  • Offertory
More on those later.  For now, check out Weedon's Blog for a blub about Ordinary things.