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Sacrosanctum Concilium 125

This is a bit that has gotten some accused of iconoclasm: The practice of placing sacred images in churches so that they may be venerated by the faithful is to be maintained. Nevertheless their number should be moderate and their … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 124

Ordinaries, by the encouragement and favor they show to art which is truly sacred, should strive after noble beauty rather than mere sumptuous display. This principle is to apply also in the matter of sacred vestments and ornaments. Nobility versus … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 123

There is no equivalent of Gregorian chant in the realm of art: The Church has not adopted any particular style of art as her very own; she has admitted styles from every period according to the natural talents and circumstances … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 122

As we head into the stretch run of Sacrosanctum Concilium, let’s start the seventh chapter “SACRED ART AND SACRED FURNISHINGS” Very rightly the fine arts are considered to rank among the noblest activities of (human) genius, and this applies especially … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 121

Finishing up Vatican II’s ten-section look at sacred music, we turn to one of the most maligned groups, composers: Composers, filled with the Christian spirit, should feel that their vocation is to cultivate sacred music and increase its store of … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 120

In the Latin Church the pipe organ is to be held in high esteem, for it is the traditional musical instrument which adds a wonderful splendor to the Church’s ceremonies and powerfully lifts up (the human) mind to God and to higher … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 119

Look out: another wiggle-room section: In certain parts of the world, especially mission lands, there are peoples who have their own musical traditions, and these play a great part in their religious and social life. For this reason due importance … Continue reading

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