“Breathing Together”—Modern Technology in Harmony with Traditional Music: An Interview with Matthew Curtis
Adam Bartlett speaks with choral musician Matthew Curtis about how his venture Choral Tracks helps train the faithful in ancient music with the engine of modern technology.
Has the Liturgical Movement Turned Itself Around?
An Austrian pastor following World War I until his death in 1954, Father Parsch opened the treasures of the liturgy and the Bible to his people.
Father Rutler’s Book on Traditional Hymns Reexamines Place of Hymnody in Liturgy
The Stories of Hymns: The History Behind 100 of Christianity’s Greatest Hymns by Fr. George William Rutler. Irondale, Ala.: EWTN…
Pope John XXIII’s “Quiet” Theology of the Noble Pipe Organ Resounds with Liturgical Implications
Just days before the opening of the Second Vatican Council, Pope John XXIII delivered a now little-known allocution at the blessing of the newly renovated pipe organ in St. Peter’s Basilica. While it may seem unremarkable that the pope would say a few words on such an occasion, his text gives an intriguing theological explanation of the nature of the pipe organ in Catholic worship not found in other ecclesiastical documents.
Music and Church in History and Mystery: A Report from Rome
At the conference “Music and Church: Cult and Culture—50 years after Musicam Sacram,” held in Rome, March 2-4, 2017, Adoremus…
Musicam Sacram: Parts II – VII
Editor’s Note: We continue in this Bulletin a reprint of excerpts from Musicam Sacram, the Holy See’s 1967 Instruction on…
A Call to Action: Take Up Thy Cross in Proper Style!
The omnipresent replacement of proper texts with popular hymnody threatens to deprive Mass participants of a great richness.
Musicam Sacram: Preface and Part I
It’s one thing to have an opinion about liturgical music; in fact, it is difficult not to have an opinion. But having an informed opinion—one shaped by the Magisterium, the Church’s tradition, and sound pastoral practice—is quite another.
Ever Ancient—Ever New: Implementing Musicam Sacram Today: Part II
Progressive solemnity, as put forth by the sacred music instruction, is a pastoral and practical tool that seeks to enable every parish—no matter its size, resources, capabilities or present pastoral realities—to begin singing the liturgy with integrity and to establish the sung liturgy universally as its normal form of celebration.
Ever Ancient—Ever New: Implementing Musicam Sacram Today
On March 5th, 2017 the universal Church will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Musicam Sacram, the post-conciliar Instruction on Music in the Liturgy issued by the Holy See in the Spring of 1967.