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Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary

V: O God, come to my assistance;

R: O Lord, make hast to help me

V: Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

R: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

1. I grieve for you, O Mary, most sorrowful, in the affliction of your tender heart at the prophecy of the holy and aged Simeon. Dear Mother, by your heart so afflicted, obtain for me the virtue of humility and the gift of the holy fear of God.

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

2. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the anguish of your most affectionate heart during the flight into Egypt and your sojourn there. Dear Mother, by your heart so troubled, obtain for me the virtue of generosity, especially toward the poor, and the gift of piety.

< Hail Mary… >

3. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in those anxieties which tried your troubled heart at the lost of your dear Jesus. Dear Mother, by your heart so full of anguish, obtain for me the virtue of chastity and the gift of knowledge.

< Hail Mary… >

4. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the consternation of your heart at meeting Jesus as He carried His cross. Dear Mother, by your heart so troubled, obtain for me the virtue of patience and the gift of fortitude.

< Hail Mary… >

Our Lady of the Seven Dolors5. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the martyrdom which your generous heart endured in standing near Jesus in His agony. Dear Mother, by your afflicted heart, obtain for me the virtue of temperance and the gift of counsel.

< Hail Mary… >

6. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the wounding of your compassionate heart, when the side of Jesus was struck by the lance before His Body was removed from the cross. Dear Mother, by your heart thus transfixed, obtain for me the virtue of fraternal charity and the gift of understanding.

< Hail Mary… >

7. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, for the pangs that wrenched your most loving heart at the burial of Jesus. Dear Mother, by your heart sunk in the bitterness of desolation, obtain for me the virtue of diligence and the gift of wisdom.

< Hail Mary… >

Let Us Pray

Let intercession be made for us, we beseech You, O Lord Jesus Christ, now and at the Hour of our death, before the throne of Your mercy, by the Blessed Virgin Mary, Your Mother, whose most holy soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow in the hour of Your bitter Passion. Through You, O Jesus Christ, Saviour of the world, Who with the Father and the Holy Ghost lives and reigns world without end. Amen.

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Psalm 51

Miserere mei, Deus: secundum magnam misericordiam tuam.
Have mercy upon me, O God, after Thy great goodness.

Et secundum multitudinem miserationum tuarum, dele iniquitatem meam.
According to the multitude of Thy mercies do away mine offences.

The Novena of the Divine Mercy begins on Good Friday and concludes on Divine Mercy Sunday.

The Novena of the Divine Mercy begins on Good Friday and concludes on Divine Mercy Sunday.

Amplius lava me ab iniquitate mea: et a peccato meo munda me.

Wash me throughly from my wickedness: and cleanse me from my sin.

Quoniam iniquitatem meam ego cognosco: et peccatum meum contra me est semper.

For I acknowledge my faults: and my sin is ever before me.

Tibi soli peccavi, et malum coram te feci: ut justificeris in sermonibus tuis, et vincas cum judicaris.

Against Thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that Thou mightest be justified in Thy saying, and clear when Thou art judged.

Ecce enim in iniquitatibus conceptus sum: et in peccatis concepit me mater mea.

Behold, I was shapen in wickedness: and in sin hath my mother conceived me.

Ecce enim veritatem dilexisti: incerta et occulta sapientiae tuae manifestasti mihi.

But lo, Thou requirest truth in the inward parts: and shalt make me to understand wisdom secretly. Continue reading

Sight Reading

Devonne & I both spent time in music college, though not together.

She got me into this.

Easy Classics To Moderns - Music For Millions Vols. 17 & 27

Easy Classics To Moderns – Music For Millions Vols. 17 & 27

www.amazon.com/Easy-Classics-Moderns-Piano-Millions/dp/0825640172

These 2 books are good for beginning to intermediate piano students.

There’s a simple but effective definition.

This is sight reading for beginners, and it really works. The pieces in these books are all great compositions, a number by famous composers, but others by the not-so-famous. But they’re all very interesting compositions to listen to, and all very easy play.

(It’s the reason some people dislike Mozart, he made great compositions that are easy to play.)

The player starts off on a previously unseen & unheard piece, with the goal of playing it all the way through without stopping.

However slowly the player needs to go, even if it’s glacially slow, the important thing is to play the piece through all the way without stopping, the first time.

Then the player can slowly speed it up, until the piece is at performance level.

…you don’t iron the part of the shirt that has no wrinkles, you only iron the wrinkles…

If the player falters or stops–rather than the beginner’s mistake of stopping completely at a mistake and beginning the piece over–he or she must never go back to the beginning, but pick up again at the point of pausing, and continue through to the end with uninterrupted focus.

After playing through several times, the player practices the rough parts, sometimes just playing over and over through the hard parts, until the piece becomes relatively polished.

I compare it to ironing a shirt – you don’t iron the part of the shirt that has no wrinkles, you only iron the wrinkles.

It sounds scary at first, but with patient coaching for someone starting for the first time, it really begins to work. It actually becomes a delight, not worrying about other people listening, but just playing for oneself.

And the pieces in these books, Easy Classics To Moderns – Music For Millions Vols. 17 & 27, are very entertaining, they sound great, non-players can’t tell that they’re easy.


I had a piano professor, Frank Wasko, graduate of a school most outsiders wouldn’t have heard of, not Juliard or Eastman, but Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University, we just called it IU, of some repute among piano students.

I stood outside his studio without his knowing it, and got to hear him sight-read a piece from the beginning.

He followed that basic outline, playing a piece through the first time without stopping for mistakes.

Professor Wasko played through the first time, with some mistakes.

The second time, he stopped at the mistakes, and circled them in pencil on the score, (I peeked through the studio door window), then proceeded through to the end.

Then the third time, he would go to the mistakes, practice over them repeatedly, ironing them out.

Finally, on the fourth pass, Professor Wasko played the new piece, first played sight unseen, perfectly through, a rough performance draft.

Gabriel from Heaven’s King – Annunciation Carol (March 25)

(Turn down the volume slider on the right!)

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Gabriel From Heaven’s King sheet music acrobat file

Gabriel from Heaven's King sheet music in PDF

Gabriel from Heaven’s King sheet music in PDF

Gabriel from Heaven’s King sent to the maiden sweet.
Brought to her blissful tiding and fair ‘gan her to greet.
Hail be thou full of grace aright for God’s Son this heaven’s light.
For man’s love will man become and take flesh
of thee maiden bright mankind free for to make of
sin and devil’s might.

Gently to him gave answer the gentle maiden then.
And in what wise should I bear a child that know not man?
The angel said O dread thee nought; tis through the Holy Ghost that wrought
Shall be this thing whereof tidings I bring, lost
mankind shall be bought, by thy sweet childbearing and
back from sorrow brought.

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