Welcome to our congregational singing blog! Here we'll post our weekly “From the Choir Loft” articles, frequently asked questions, and other resources that discuss how we can improve our participation in liturgy through sung prayer. Please check out the educational resources below.
So, Who Is the “Leader of Song” Anyway? By Richard J. Clark
Pastoral Letter on Sacred Music in Divine Worship from Archbishop Alexander K. Sample
“Sing to the LORD a New Song”
“Welcome to Square Notes: The Sacred Music Podcast with your hosts Peter Carter and Dr. Jennifer Donelson. We address topics of interest both to priests and liturgical musicians, as well as a general audience of Catholics interested in learning more about the Catholic Church’s teachings and treasury of sacred music.”
An Archbishop’s Reflections on Sacred Music – with Archbishop Alexander K. Sample:
Beauty and Catholic Culture: a Story of Conversion – with Vida and Josh Hernandez:
CONSTITUTION ON THE SACRED LITURGY
SOLEMNLY PROMULGATED BY
POPE PAUL VI
ON DECEMBER 4, 1963
Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship
One of God's greatest gifts to us, his creation, was the gift of song. In words and music, our ancestors in faith—Moses, David, Deborah, Paul, St. Gregory—have taught us how to revel in God's infinite love, proclaim his glory, give thanks for his abounding generosity, and plead for mercy and forgiveness. Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship, guidelines approved by the bishops of the United States in 2007, recalls this vast, rich musical tradition as it provides basic guidelines for understanding the role and ministry of music in the liturgy. Standing on the foundational work of the Council fathers, Sing to the Lord echoes the call to full, active, and conscious participation in the Liturgy through its sung elements. It addresses the practical concerns of pastoral leaders: appropriate ministers, cultural diversity, instrumentation, formation, acoustics, and copyrights. It also outlines considerations for preparing and judging music for worship with an in-depth review of the musical structure of Liturgy.