Category Archives: Chirograph for the Centenary of TLS

CCTLS 15: John Paul’s Hopes

Let’s wrap up our examination of John Paul’s chirograph on sacred music. The last entry: 15. I hope that the centenary commemoration of the Motu Proprio Tra le Sollecitudini, through the intercession of their holy Author together with that of St … Continue reading

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CCTLS 14: Musical Instruments

Pope John Paul II is certainly aware that the primary musical instrument of the liturgy is the human voice. That said, other musical instruments are used to accompany singers or to stand on their own as part of an effort of … Continue reading

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CCTLS 13: Commissions and Other Groups

Pope John Paul II advises support for the bishops to make good discernments in the efforts of promoting sacred music: 13. Lastly, I would like to recall what St Pius X disposed at the practical level so as to encourage … Continue reading

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CCTLS 12: Composing Liturgical Music

People still compose music for liturgy. Maybe as much as they did one or two generations ago. Let’s see what John Paul II said about it. 12. With regard to compositions of liturgical music, I make my own the “general … Continue reading

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CCTLS 11: Popular Religious Song

I had to go back to see what Sacrosanctum concilium said about “popular religious song” to get to the bottom of what John Paul II was trying to tell us, referring to this term. I confess I still don’t get … Continue reading

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CCTLS 10: New Compositions

If you are new to the discussion of this document, don’t be shy: chime in. Feel free to comment on previous posts, too. Today let’s have a look at John Paul II’s brief thoughts on contemporary compositions: 10. Since the Church has … Continue reading

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CCTLS 9: Musical Formation

Good musicians don’t grow on trees. John Paul II knew that, as did his predecessors. Vatican II endorsed the musical formation of the clergy: 9. In this area, therefore, the urgent need to encourage the sound formation of both pastors and … Continue reading

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