The Rosary in words and songs

Rosary newbies and longtime devotees of the devotion alike will find much enjoyment in Catholic musician Chris Padgett’s recently released album. 

“The Rosary Project: A Celebration of Prayer and Song” (Servant, $19.99), a two-disc set, intersperses original songs with Scripture readings and recitations of all four sets of Rosary mysteries. Joined by friends and family members, Padgett leads the prayers, and he clearly likes to mix things up — sometimes singing his parts, sometimes adding a Scripture passage and sometimes offering a short reflection on a mystery, such as this one for second sorrowful mystery: “The abundance of God’s love is seen in the willingness of Christ to bear his back to the scourge.” 

Padgett’s songs are well-placed so as to complement the moods evoked by the mysteries that come before or after them. For example, the ebullient “Needing You,” performed right after the recitation of the first joyful mystery, the Annunciation, tells the Lord that “I’m needing you, my plenitude, my yes becomes greater than I am.” 

“The Rosary Project” is not the only recent Marian project for Padgett. He is also the author of the new book, “Wholly Mary: Mother of God” (Servant, $12.99).



Sept. 11 musical remembrance

A Catholic musical organization aims to bring light and beauty to the anniversary of one of the darkest days in American history. 

Jubilate Deo Chorale and Orchestra, a 75-member chorus and 75-piece symphonic orchestra based in Haddon Township, N.J., will perform at a special concert on Sept. 11 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, on the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and in Shanksville, Pa.  

The patriotic-themed concert, titled “God Bless America: Remembering 9-11,” will pay tribute to all who lost their lives in the attacks. The concert will also honor current and past military members. The concert will be at 2:30 p.m., Sept. 11, at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.  

Formed by two priests, Msgrs. Carl and Louis Marucci, the musical group’s current executive director, the goal of Jubilate Deo — which translates to “Sing joyfully to God” — is to evangelize through providing musical performances — from Gregorian chant to contemporary compositions — throughout the Diocese of Camden, N.J., and the surrounding area. 

For more information on the Sept. 11 concert and the group, including a listing of recordings, visit


Finding Fátima

In 1917, in an “unknown, unremarkable place,” the Blessed Mother appeared to three Portuguese shepherd children — carrying a message of great importance to the entire world.  

A new documentary explores the many fruits of Our Lady of Fátima, who appeared to Francisco and Jacinta Marto and Lucia Dos Santos on the 13th day of several months in 1917. Dominic and Ian Higgins, creators of “The 13th Day,” a dramatic retelling of Fátima, delve deeper into the miracles in “Finding Fátima” (Ignatius Press, $19.95.)  

Re-creations of events — some from “The 13th Day” — accompany archival footage and interviews with Fatima experts and relatives of the visionaries and eyewitnesses. Especially interesting are the accounts of the Miracle of the Sun and discussions of an angel’s apparitions to the children in 1916 that prepared them for the Marian visions. 

Bonuses include “Fátima: A Message of Hope for Our Times,” in which Father Andrew Apostoli of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal discusses the significance of Fátima.