On Presidents Day We Should Remember That Washington and Lincoln Often Called us to Prayer

We live in a secular age. Religious utterances by government officials are greeted with surprise or even indignation by some. While the primary role of civil leaders is not a religious one, insisting that never express religious sentiment is a form of extremism rooted in exaggerated conception of the idea of the separation of Church and State

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Palestrina’s Salve, and Georgian Polyphony

As we are soon to say farewell to ‘Ordinary Time’, perhaps a rendition of Palestrina’s masterful rendition of the Salve Regina, first published in 1584, would be appropriate, the Marian antiphon for the season, before we transition – pardon the verb – to the Ave Regina Coelorum.

And, in honour of Saints Cyril and Methodius, some Georgian polyphony for meditation:

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