Sacrosanctum Concilium 127

There is a certain parallel with music, namely a “special” relationship with artists, and the cultivation of the “spirit” of art and of liturgy.

Bishops should have a special concern for artists, so as to imbue them with the spirit of sacred art and of the sacred liturgy. This they may do in person or through suitable priests who are gifted with a knowledge and love of art.

And like musicians, schools for the training of artists are urged. These might possibly be rarer than music programs dedicated to liturgy.

It is also desirable that schools or academies of sacred art should be founded in those parts of the world where they would be useful, so that artists may be trained.

All artists who, prompted by their talents, desire to serve God’s glory in holy Church, should ever bear in mind that they are engaged in a kind of sacred imitation of God the Creator, and are concerned with works destined to be used in Catholic worship, to edify the faithful, and to foster their piety and their religious formation.

Artists themselves are given a commission by the council. Every word may well apply to musicians, I’d think. What about your thoughts?

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2 Responses to Sacrosanctum Concilium 127

  1. Liam says:

    I’m ba-ack. I hope everyone’s Christmas exceeded positive expectations.

    Well, there are coteries and families of artists in the US that had been long established in liturgical art circles. For example, the Schickels of NY state, who are cousins-in-law (twice over, no less) of my family. But the American urge for Now! meant that catalogues of ready-to-wear “art” won over more pastors and donors (because it’s a lot easier to get donors to give $ for art when they are going to see it Soon! as opposed to perhaps 10-20 years from Now!).

    Then again, I am not so sure all genuine liturgical artists feel bereft by lack of attention from the Powers That Be.

  2. Todd says:

    Welcome back, Liam.

    “Then again, I am not so sure all genuine liturgical artists feel bereft by lack of attention from the Powers That Be.”

    Indeed. However, if Bishop Finn wanted to commission liturgical music from me, I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to bank the check.

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