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GILH 280-284: Final Musical Considerations

Our last post on the text of the GILH. 280. Even when the hours are recited, hymns can nourish prayer, provided they have doctrinal and literary excellence; but of their nature they are designed for singing and so, as far … Continue reading

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GILH 278-279: Singing The Psalms

The Psalms are not just the pedestrian background for the Hours, and the utilization of singing to pray them is a priority: 278. Clearly the psalms are closely bound up with music (see GILH 103-120), as both Jewish and Christian … Continue reading

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GILH 274-277: More Musical Considerations

The oft-quoted “pride of place” designation for Gregorian chant has another condition attached here: services sung in Latin. 274. For liturgical celebrations sung in Latin, Gregorian chant, as the music proper to the Roman liturgy, should have pride of place, … Continue reading

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GILH 271-273: Progressive Solemnity

The concession of #271 assumes that daily singing is the ideal. 271. It is particularly appropriate that there be singing at least on Sundays and holydays, so that the different degrees of solemnity will thus come to be recognized. Musicians … Continue reading

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GILH 270: Music is not an Embellishment

Music itself is part of the language God uses to communicate to us and we use to worship God. Excising it from worship would be like eliminating vowels from written language or sibilants from spoken language. Maybe you could get … Continue reading

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GILH 267-269: Singing in the Office

We’re now in th estretch run of GILH. From here on out, we talk about music, that lifting factor to Catholic blogs everywhere. Part II of Chapter V gives direction as to the role of music at the LH. In … Continue reading

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GILH 259-266: Other Ministries; Posture

With the continuation of Chapter V, section I, we get the litany of liturgical ministries, starting with the lectors and psalmists: 259. Those who act as readers, standing in a convenient place, read either the long readings or the short … Continue reading

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