Category Archives: Liturgical Music

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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CDCN Positive Proposal #4: Cathedrals and Basilicas

Big and important churches, especially where the bishop resides, should set a good example for exemplary liturgy: I agree. 4. Higher standards for musical repertoire and skill should be insisted on for cathedrals and basilicas. Bishops in every diocese should … Continue reading

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