Franciscan Sisters Stream Radio Walsingham Triduum Music

by Sister Julie Ann on April 2, 2015

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity collaborate with Houston’s Radio Walsingham internet radio station to offer a Triduum stream of music for your prayerful listening. Radio Walsingham internet radio station broadcasts Catholic teaching and glorious music according to the liturgical calendar. The music comes from the Rites and Churches of the Catholic Church together with the Catholic best from the Anglican tradition, the Holy Orthodox Church, and others. Radio Walsingham has been broadcasting via the internet since October 2006!


Holy Thursday Jesus Servant LeaderIn times past and in some places today Holy Thursday is called Maundy Thursday.  By whatever name one of the most beloved moments of the Liturgy is the singing of the chant ‘Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est’ — ‘Where charity and love are, God is there’.  We have three settings of this text for you to pray with and enjoy.  Each carries its own flavor and insight into the text and the spirit of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.

The first setting is a recent composition by the American composer Morten Lauridsen.  It begins with the Gregorian chant melody familiar to many of us and then branches into Laurdsen’s luminous style of choral writing.  Our recording is of the British choir ‘Polyphony’ directed by Stephen Layton.

For more settings of ‘Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est” on Holy Thursday, listen to the Radio Walsingham.

Good Friday

St. Thomas University stationsOne of the most moving portions of the observance of the Passion of Christ on Good Friday is the singing of ‘Improperia’ … that is, ‘The Reproaches’ which begin “O my people, what have I done to you”.  The very ancient melodies of the chant include the singing in both Greek and Latin of the Trisagion “Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy upon us.”

The recording is sung by the ensemble ‘Consortium Vocale’ from Oslo, Norway.

For more sacred music on Good Friday, listen to the Radio Walsingham.

Holy Saturday


holy-saturday-orthodoxOur setting is by a contemporary American composer named Blake R. Henson.  Born in Texas, the composer lives in De Pere, Wisconsin and serves as Assistant Professor of Music at St. Norbert College.  I find his setting to be sheer genius as it finds a balance between the depths of grief, the wailing of the afflicted, and the clear presentation of the text.

Our recording is from the Choirs of a thriving Basilian parish, St. Anne Catholic Community in Houston, Texas. James Ross is the Director of Liturgy and Music, and Matthew McCue is the Assistant Director of Music

For more sacred music on Holy Saturday, listen to the Radio Walsingham.

Link to Internet Radio Station

Ut unum sint – That we all may be one! 

10 thoughts on “Franciscan Sisters Stream Radio Walsingham Triduum Music”

  1. N.B. says:

    God allows me to see His beauty and goodness through song.

  2. C.L. says:

    Makes me know that God loves all of us and know God will always be with us.

  3. S.R. says:


  4. SCM says:

    There is such a peaceful spirit that settles over me when I listen to these songs. Thank you

  5. Sister Kathleen says:

    This music seems to say that the glory of these holy days is rooted in and surrounded by such a mysterious love given to us. Blessing upon blessing!

  6. Sister Barbara says:

    Beautiful music during this holy time! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  7. annemarielom says:

    Thank you for this Triduum gift of music. I left it playing in my office while I worked and it was so peaceful!

  8. Sr Sarah says:

    The music carries the solemnity and the yearning of the Triduum. Brings to mind the a section on The transfiguration of death in the work of John O’Donohue, Anam Cara, a book of Celtic Wisdom.

  9. Thank you for the beautiful and moving music. I really enjoyed it!

  10. Sr. Ann Carla says:

    Grateful for this peaceful, inspirational, soothing music at this holy time.

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