Thank you for visiting the website of Roman Catholic liturgist, sacred musician & published composer John Gaffney. John is committed to helping parishes achieve the authentic liturgical/musical vision of Vatican Council II, documented in Sacrosanctum Concilium through musical compositions for the liturgy (both choral and ritual music), catechetical resources and workshops/presentations.
Gia Publications has finally included a recording of John’s simple, yet noble setting of the “Song of Farewell” appointed to be sung during the incensation of the body during the Funeral Mass (all too often this rich theological, official sung text is replaced with another song…let us sing the liturgy)! Preview score and listen to recording.
Resource Page has been replaced with the new liturgical catechesis website Foretaste of Heaven to aid your parish in celebrating more authentic, noble and prayerful liturgy through a continuously growing archive of catechetical articles and videos on various topics in Roman Catholic liturgy/music.
The Workshops Page has been updated with detailed information about the three most popular workshops John Gaffney has created and presented! These three workshops are also on topics that are the most misunderstood in the Roman Church and each workshop is guaranteed to lead any diocese, parish, worshiping community, to celebrate more authentic, noble and prayerful Roman liturgy!
Elevate your parish to more authentic, noble and prayerful Roman liturgy at the completely free, catechetical web resource: foretasteofheaven.com
John Gaffney’s simple yet noble, modal, plainchant, a capella, extremely accessible setting of the “Song of Farewell” (“Order of Christian Funerals” text) is available for preview and purchase at GIA Publications, Inc. No more replacing the sung appointed text with another “song!”
To pray for all those who are suffering with COVID-19, John would like to offer free scores (with reprint permission for your choir/schola) of his choral anthem, “Prayer to Mary in Times of Distress”. Listen and Request a Free Score with Reprint Permission!
John Gaffney’s new choral setting of, “Ubi Caritas” (the appointed text for offertory on “Holy Thursday of the Lord’s Supper”) is now available for listening.