The Deacon's Bench
Music Archives

For this feast of St. Francis of Assisi: here’s that beloved hymn, sung before what may well have been its largest audience ever, a worldwide congregation of tens of millions, for the funeral of Princess Diana in 1997.  (Footnote: yes, […]

And beautifully, I might add. H/T The Anchoress.

Image: “The Holy Virgin in Old Age” by James Tissot Can the human heart refrain from partaking in her pain, in that Mother’s pain untold?  Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled, she beheld her tender Child All with bloody scourges rent. For […]

This video archive shows what would become Ground Zero long before it was a target — and captures the sweet banality of life in the World Trade Center. There’s something inexplicably haunting and poignant about it all. For another spin […]

Ahead of the anniversary of 9/11, this remains one of the most powerful tributes. It never fails to move me, no matter how many times I’ve seen it:. the stunning performance by Bono and U2 at the 2002 Super Bowl […]

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