Category Archives: USCCB documents

Who Prepares Music For Worship? SttL 119-121

Ten years ago, the US Bishops released a much-anticipated document on church music, Sing to the Lord (SttL). One of the topics they addressed was the preparation of music for liturgy. Who does this? It’s a question addressed in numbered sections 119 … 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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GMD 137-141: Concluding Prayer

The bishops conclude Go and Make Disciples with a prayer. We need this prayer. I would certainly agree that Catholics in the United States need renewal. With the bishops, I believe there is indeed a “hunger of our nation for … Continue reading

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GMD 136: Every Catholic an Evangelizer

Structures don’t work unless people make them work. The bishops offer five ways in which believers can affirm the mission of Jesus Christ, even if their parish, diocese, and national conference offers them little or nothing: 1. Each individual Catholic … Continue reading

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GMD 133-135: National and Diocesan Structures

A brief chapter (GMD 133-136) discusses the bishops’ commitment to devoting personnel and personal effort to the cause. The bishops begin with themselves. Because this plan must involve every one of us, we bishops first of all pledge to implement it … Continue reading

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GMD 128-132: An Invitation

One of the shortest chapters (GMD 128-132) offers believers an invitation. Let’s examine it briefly. Click on the link if you’d like more detail. But it has a nice argument to it. GMD 128 recounts Jesus calling the fishermen (Mark … Continue reading

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