Category Archives: Liturgical Music

Care in the Choice of Music: SttL 122-125

Paragraphs 122 through 125 of the US Bishops’ document Sing to the Lord offers some good advice for those preparing the music at liturgy. It should go without saying that choosing music is a serious matter and it likely doesn’t … Continue reading

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Preparing Music for Liturgy: SttL Outline

Section IV of the US Bishops’ document Sing to the Lord treats the matter of “Preparing Music For Catholic Worship.” This is a vitally important topic, and our shepherds devote nearly 3,000 words to it–a bit more than one-tenth of … Continue reading

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CDCN: Conclusion

I like the conclusion offered by the concerned musicians: Pope Francis, in his encyclical Lumen Fidei, has reminded us of the way faith binds together past and future: As a response to a word which preceded it, Abraham’s faith would … Continue reading

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CDCN Positive Proposal #8: Liturgists

The concerned musicians consider liturgists who are not musicians. I wouldn’t disagree with the suggestion for music education and appreciation: 8. The formation of liturgists is also fundamental. Just as musicians need to understand the essentials of liturgical history and … Continue reading

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CDCN Positive Proposal #7: Publishers

Of the positive proposals offered by the concerned musicians of earlier this year, the seventh is the one I find most troubling. 7. In the past, Catholic publishers played a great role in spreading good examples of sacred music, old … Continue reading

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CDCN Positive Proposal #6: Training in Music and Liturgy

Leaving off from positive proposal #5, I can’t argue with a stronger effort to form clergy in music. 6. Liturgical and musical training of clergy should be a priority for the Bishops. Clergy have a responsibility to learn and practice … Continue reading

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CDCN Positive Proposal #5: Latin Mass, Fully-Sung Mass

More on the importance of cathedrals and basilicas: 5. We suggest that in every basilica and cathedral there be the encouragement of a weekly Mass celebrated in Latin (in either Form of the Roman Rite) so as to maintain the … Continue reading

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