Music in Catholic Liturgy draws on the norms and directives of the recent USCCB document, Sing to the Lord:Music in Catholic Worship, providing practical and accessible insight into the sung celebration of the Liturgy.
Part one provides information about the basics of liturgical music including:
Part two explores Liturgical Music: Patterns and Choices.
Liturgical music has its own logic for answering the questions of how it is prepared, as well as how to determine the quality of the music for the sung parts of the liturgical rites. In the reformed rites of the Roman Liturgy, it is expected that the Sacred Liturgy be sung. There is an inherent schema or pattern for when and what to sing.This part includes discussions regarding:
Part three carefully reviews what is established and suggested in the liturgical books for singing the Sacred Liturgy today. Fr. Gill examines all of the liturgical rites with an explicit focus and identification on what is said about singing the celebration. He provides complete information and explanation, theologically and liturgically, to underscore what is sung and why it is sung in liturgical celebrations.
Music in Catholic Liturgy also provides readers with patterns for progressive solemnity worksheets as well as a detailed bibliography and index, making it an important resource for pastors, liturgists, music ministers, seminarians and students of the liturgy seeking to understand and implement the directives found in Sing to the Lord.
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Praise for Music in Catholic Liturgy:
"Many of today's priests, seminarians, pastoral musicians, and others concerned with the selection, preparation, and singing of liturgical music may be surprised that such music is governed by norms that cannot be reduced to mere taste or to other subjective criteria, or that adherence to such norms actually affects the 'authenticity' of the celebration itself. Our bishops, in Sing to the Lord: Music in Catholic Liturgy, have moved us toward a renewal of liturgical music consisting in the recovery of principles that have guided its development since antiquity. In this book, Father Gill guides us through the bishops' remarkable document by applying those principles of authenticity applicable to every time and place, to today's liturgical music."
Msgr. Michael K. Magee,
Chair of the Department of Systematic Theology
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook
"The area of liturgical music continues to be one of the most challenging in our parishes today. What guidelines exist, and how ought they to be applied, to what seems to be such a subjective form of expression? Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship, together with Father Gill's splendid companion volume, Music in Catholic Liturgy: A Pastoral and Theological Companion to Sing to the Lord, brings clarity to this otherwise confusing state. Taken together, these resources can help any Catholic community to realize one of the goals of the Second Vatican Council: to sing the liturgy itself."
Director, Office of Sacred Worship
Diocese of Lacrosse Wisconsin
About the Author:
Reverend Gerald Dennis Gill, a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was ordained in 1983. Father Gill holds degrees in the Sacred Liturgy from Sant'Anselmo's Pontificio Istituto Liturgico in Rome. He served for 14 years as a parochial vicar in two large suburban parishes and one year as Associate Director of the Office of Worship in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He was professor of Sacred Liturgy at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and Immaculata University. Most recently he completed a five-year term as the Director of Liturgy at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.
Pastoral Resources, Paperback, 6 x 9, 160 pages