Liturgical Music

Music for the Church must be in accord with the spirit of the liturgy.  Music has always be a traditional part of the Eucharistic celebration.  The reform of the Liturgy brought about by Vatican II placed greater emphasis upon music as a communication medium and a participation in the liturgy.

Music is both traditional and a development in an ongoing process, but all music of the Church should be worthy of the worship of God in whatever celebration this takes place.  Such a process is carried on through a training in the priestly and diaconal candidacy, the study in religious houses of both sexes, and the catechesis of all Church members regarding liturgical appreciation.

The importance of singing as participation in the liturgy is stressed: All the faithful who gather to await the Lord’s coming are urged by the Apostle Paul to sing psalms, hymns, and inspired songs (Col. 3:16).

Song is the sign of the heart’s joy.  Even in antiquity it was proverbial to say that one prays twice who sings well.

Music is the ordered sound, reflective of thoughts and feelings.  The sound is that of musical instrument and human voice, the voice being the most versatile of all instruments.  It is heard in a holy setting, a moment of prayer.

It ought to be an honest sound, a true sound, a beautiful sound.  It ought above all to be a servant sound to prayer—that music is clearly the servant of prayer.  There is no other reason for the musical utterance than to serve the prayer of the community.

The faithful are not praying at a musical performance when celebrating liturgy.

The selected hymns and songs used at Sunday worship are not random selections of self-interest.  Rather, an individual serving the parish looks ahead in the liturgical calendar to pray over, prepare for, and utilize appropriate music that is intimately linked with the liturgical action to enrich and better communicate the prayer texts to the people.

We must celebrate and gives thanks for the gift our music coordinator and musicians are to our parish and their role in elevating our songs of prayer in worship to God. (6:33)