Happy New Year

BCI is taking today to wish everyone a very happy and healthy new year.

We thought both the first reading and psalm for today would make for a nice way to kick off 2012.  As we celebrate the Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord and the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, the psalm is:  “May God bless us in his mercy.” (Psalm 67).

Here is a beautiful 2-minute musical version of the psalm, entitled, “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” by British composer, John Rutter.  He is among BCI’s favorite living composers.

(In case you cannot play the embedded video, here is a link to it:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PO17DIeI7Ec )

Our prayer for you today and in 2012 is that same hope which is so beautifully expressed in the song–that the Lord bless and keep you, that His Face shine upon you and be gracious, and give you peace.

ps.  We will return next time with a look back and review of 2011.

4 Responses to Happy New Year

  1. Parish Council Member says:

    Beautiful song! Thanks for sharing, and my best wishes and prayers for BCI for your continued efforts in 2012.

  2. BobofNewtn says:

    Happy New Year BCI and Happy New Year to all who frequent this site.

  3. Jack O'Malley says:

    Well, BCI, in order of calendrical priorities, a blessed Feast of the Circumcision of our Lord, and of the Solemnity of the Theotokos, and a happy secular new year as well. Of course, the liturgical year is some five weeks advanced as of now so that the “new year” has flowed long since away.

    While your musical choice has merit, it still reflects the perinsistent beat of the secular musical idiom which is the antithesis of the sublime Gregorian chant. Sursum corda musicalia ad Dominum.

    Here’s hoping that BCE learns the liturgical and canonical meaning of “auld lang syne.” Would that ould acquaintance ne’er ha’ been forgot.

    Pope Ratzinger, restore the Church. Your remaining days will tell your fate before the Judgement Seat. Deeds, not words. Celebrate the True Mass. In this New Year towards us.

    • Jack, Sorry to disappoint you both liturgically and musically. The morning greeting for most people on Jan 1 is “Happy New Year,” but it sounds like it is a little different in your home and family.

      BCI has a great appreciation for Gregorian chant, so if you have any short audio/video chant clips you would like to suggest we feature, let us know.

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