Category Archives: Liturgical Music

The Gathered Liturgical Assembly: SttL 24-27

Section II (The Church at Prayer) treats the various components of God’s people and their liturgical and music ministers. Numbered sections 24-27 address “the Gathered Liturgical Assembly.” Commentators have noted that in the Vatican II Constitution on the Church, the council … Continue reading

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Music For The Sprinkling Rite

The full name as given in the appendix of the Roman Missal is RITE FOR THE BLESSING AND SPRINKLING OF WATER. But if I write “Sprinkling Rite,” you’ll know what I mean. What I’d like to do with this short … Continue reading

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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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