Sacred Music Reflections

 Article 1 of 4:  Musicam Sacrum 

Happy Easter!  I hope the celebration of Christ's resurrection brings true joy to your heart this Easter season!  Over the next eight to nine months, Brad Cunningham and I will begin an education series, Musicam Sacram (Sacred Music).  This series will cover an array of topics including; the qualities defining sacred music, history of the Pipe Organ, Sacred Music Myths Debunked, and the evolution of sacred music in the Catholic church.  These weekly articles will be found in the bulletin, parish newsletter eblast, social media pages, and the sacred music portion of the St. Joseph website.  We will keep all the articles archived on our website so you can always easily access.  If you find something interesting or have a question, please do not hesitate to reach out to either one of us.  Also, if you have a topic that you would like to learn more about, please let us know and we will be happy to incorporate it into this series.  Our first topic, What Is Sacred Music?, will begin next week.  We hope that you will find these short articles informative and that they will build excitement for the sacred liturgy among our parish family. 

In the meantime, as you feel comfortable, we invite you to continue to sing during Mass.  Studies that have been coming out over the past few months have shown masked singing with social distancing measures in place is effective at mitigating the risk of spreading COVID19.  As you feel comfortable, we invite you to join in singing together as we sing God’s praises this Easter season.  St. Joseph… Pray for us!

David J. Cochrane, Director of Music


Please check out other resources below:

So, Who Is the “Leader of Song” Anyway?

Richard J. Clark

Sing to the LORD a New Song

Archbishop Alexander K. Sample

An Archbishop’s Reflections on Sacred Music 

Archbishop Alexander K. Sample 

Beauty and Catholic Culture: a Story of Conversion

Vida and Josh Hernandez:

Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy

Promulgated by his holiness Pope Paul VI, Dec. 4, 1963

Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship

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.


St. Joseph Catholic Church

3512 Devine Street

Columbia, SC  29205


Fax: 803.799.7607


St. Joseph Catholic School


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