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The David Initiative

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Elizabeth Scalia at Aleteia.org reports o the David Initiative, an effort to make liturgical music as powerful as it deserves to be.

“We celebrate David for his courage as a warrior and his strength as a King, but we should never forget that before that he was a singer, a composer. The songs that David wrote were beautiful; they were passionate. They were powerful; they were moving.”

They are currently sponsoring a competition for original music with a grand prize that will appeal to musicians everywhere.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Bringing Beauty To Those Who are Starving For It – Concerts for Hope

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Eric Genuis is a world class pianist and composer with a unique ministry. He brings concerts of his classical music to prisons, to people starved for beauty.

His website has a beautiful video that says more than I can say here.

Take a look

_________________________________________________________________Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

The Crown and the Artist

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Before class the other day in the good natured conversation that usually takes place as people filter in, the professor mentioned the Netflix series “The Crown.” In particular he mentioned the episode involving the portrait of Winston Churchill.

I was intrigued because I was at the time going through the episodes, I had not yet reached the episode in question.

I approached the series with some skepticism. As much as I love history I would not have thought a show about recent history, the story of Elizabeth II, would have had much appeal to me. I was very wrong. The series is beautifully produced and proves that beauty, in this case in the form of writing, acting, and production, will always attract.

***Spoiler alert for those who have not yet seen the series***

The ninth of the ten episodes deals with the painting of Churchill’s portrait and the nature and purpose of art. I was going to write an extended article about it but then I found it has already been done. Tod Worner over at the National Catholic Register beat me to the punch by about a month.

My favorite exchange from the episode is between Winston Churchill and the artist Graham Sutherland:

Churchill: … perhaps I can implore you not to feel the need to be too accurate.

Sutherland: Why? Accuracy is truth.

Churchill: No. For accuracy we have the camera. Painting is the higher art.

There’s actually a much longer, much more moving conversation involving a goldfish pond, but I will leave the reader to discover that for themselves.

Do go and read the wonderful article.

_________________________________________________________________Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

10 Beautiful New Churches

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The tide is beginning to turn. After decades of church architecture that is at best liturgically questionable, more and more architects are returning to traditional forms for the newest churches.

The Christian Review has a run-up of ten that are currently in various stages of construction, Enjoy!

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

The Third Issue of Altar Dei is Out

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We have just passed the 50th anniversary  of the release of De Musica Sacra, the document on sacred music by Pope Pius XII.

The most recent issue of Altar Dei features articles commemorating the anniversary of this wonderful instruction on sacred music from the Holy Father. The journal includes articles on sacred art, liturgy, and culture as well as sheet music.

You can purchase the third issue here: (you can also purchase issues #1 and #2)

_________________________________________________________________Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

 

Pope Francis on Sacred Music

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Aleteia.org has the English translation of Pope Francis’ recent address to participants in a conference on sacred music.

“At times, a certain mediocrity, superficiality and banality have prevailed to the detriment of the beauty and intensity of the liturgical celebrations. That is why the various actors in this field, musicians and composers, conductors and singers in scholae cantorum, and those involved in the liturgy, can make a valuable contribution to the renewal —especially in quality of sacred music …”

Read more here:

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

 

The Catholic Artists Society Archives

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“The Art of the Beautiful” is a lecture series sponsored by The Catholic Artists Society in New York City. The series is designed to explore how the Catholic faith informs the arts.

For those if us who do not live in the area and cannot attend the lectures, the society has made the most recent lectures available in their archives. These include:

“The Sacred Liturgy as a Primary Source for Artist’s Imagination” by Jenifer Donelson

“Art and Transformation” by James Patrick Reid

“Image and Likeness” by Anthony Visco

Take a look here.

While you’re there be sure to browse through their archives where they have material dating back to 2011.

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Christian Art Gallery Opens in Toronto

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“Miracles happen here.”

Aidan Lefebvre offers display space for Christian artists, free of charge.

Read the story from Brantnews

_________________________________________________________________Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

Caravaggio Saves the World

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Dostoyevsky famously wrote: “Beauty will save the world.”

In the 17th century, in the throes of reformation and counter-reformation, the world was very much in need of saving and beauty can to the rescue.

Elizabeth Lew at Aletia, gives us the story.

“Enter the painters. Brandishing brushes, flanked by theologians and girded with personal faith, artists worked to ignite the imagination and deepen adoration for the Eucharist in their empirical times.”

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university

The Creative Catholic: Joseph Pierce

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The Catholic World Report has an interview with author Joseph Pierce by K.V. Truly

“I’d prefer to speak of what writing is teaching me rather than what it has taught. I feel as though my relationship with the Muse is like my relationship with God, which is hardly surprising considering that the Muse is God-given. I am, therefore, always learning more about myself and my place in the scheme of things from my relationship with the Muse. It’s a teacher, to be sure, but the lessons it teaches always open out into deeper and richer lessons. As Lewis says in The Last Battle we are always called to be going Further Up and Further In.”

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Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at www.pontifex.university