Bishop Grosz Addresses Guild to Open 2014-15 Season
The Church Musicians Guild presented Bishop Edward M.
Grosz at the Guild's first meeting of the season. The presentation was held
at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Williamsville on September 16. Bishop Grosz spoke on "The
Liturgy: Where do we go from Here?" Bishop Grosz led the members in
discovering the true intentions of the Second Vatican Council, and where we
need to be as liturgists and music ministers. Watch the presentation here:
the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, is one of the constitutions
of the Second Vatican Council. It was approved by the assembled bishops by a
vote of 2,147 to 4 and promulgated by Pope Paul VI on December 4, 1963.
Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship,
a revision of Music in Catholic
Worship, was developed by the Committee on Divine Worship of the United
States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). On November 14, 2007, the Latin Church
members of the USCCB approved these guidelines. These guidelines are designed to provide
direction to those preparing for the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy according to the current
liturgical books (in the ordinary form of celebration).
Liturgiam Authenticam is an
instruction of the Holy See, dated March 28, 2001, that included the
requirement that, in translations of the liturgical texts from the official
Latin originals, "the original text, insofar as possible, must be translated
integrally and in the most exact manner, without omissions or additions in
terms of their content, and without paraphrases or glosses. Any adaptation
to the characteristics or the nature of the various vernacular languages is
to be sober and discreet."
This is in contrast with the principle of
dynamic equivalence promoted in translations after Vatican II.
Musicam Sacram is the title
of an instruction on Sacred Music issued by the Sacred Congregation for
Divine Worship on March 5, 1967, in conjunction with the Second Vatican
Council.The instruction deals with
the form and nature of worship music within the framework of
The Holy Father's "chirograph", written on the 100th
anniversary of Pope Pius X document on Sacred Music (Tra
le sollecitudini) intends to promote the authentic renewal of sacred music in order
to assure its dignity, authenticity, and appropriateness for Catholic
worship. Dated November 22, 2003.
Adoremus Society for the Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy lists a large
selection of documents that are particularly relevant to the Liturgy, given
in reverse chronological order, the most recent appearing first. There are
three categories of documents: papal, Vatican, (includes Vatican II's
Constitution on the Liturgy) and US Bishops.
Publishes music for the church in all styles
and instrumentation. Includes hymnals, choral works, psalm settings,
"folk"-style music, education materials and more.
HymnPrint.net, a service of GIA Publications, is a tool that brings you
the convenience of downloading high quality reprint boxes of your favorite
hymns and songs. Creating worship aids and service bulletins was never so
easy. Best of all, the only cutting and pasting you'll do will be on your
Founded in 1978 by Fr. Joseph D. Fessio, SJ, Ignatius Press is now one
of the largest religious publishers in the country. Ignatius Press is
the primary English language publisher of the works of Joseph
Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI).
Corpus Christi Watershed is a non-profit organization dedicated to
exploring and embodying as our calling the relationship of religion,
culture and the arts. They employ the arts and creative media in the service
of theology, the Church and Christian culture for the enrichment and
enjoyment of the public. They are the publishers of missals, hymnals and
many other musical collections for liturgical use, many of which are offered
for free download.
Illuminare Publications is a publisher of
sacred music and liturgical resources that is committed to assisting your
parish in the work of authentic liturgical renewal. Introducing the Lumen
Christi Series: A complete parish Sacred Music Program.
CanticaNOVA Publications (CNP) provides quality
liturgical music for today's Catholic Church. CNP believes that the texts
and rites of Catholic liturgy give ample sources for creative musical
expression. Using what the Church has already given us, CNP publishes
quality music grounded in, and often directly flowing from, the traditions
of the Church.
American Catholic Press (ACP) is a
publisher of hymnals, missals, books, and other materials for the
liturgy, both in celebration and education. Since 1929, our
Leaflet Missal®prayerbook has been helping people pray; it is
missalette. Since 1967, our principal hymnal, now called the
American Catholic Hymnbook, has been available as a help to prayer that
is sung by the congregation.
Liturgical Press (publisher of The Collegeville
Hymnal) began publishing for the Church in 1926. Since then,
85 gratifying years have passed, and our dedicated staff continues to
sustain our original mission of proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ.
We are truly committed to providing religious and spiritual resources of the
highest relevance and quality to the Christian community.
International Liturgy Publications (ILP Music),
publisher of The St.
Augustine Hymnal, was founded to do two things: 1) publish extraordinary
sacred music, and 2) enliven parishes throughout the United States and the
The St. Michael Hymnal aspires first and
foremost to be faithful to that original vision of sacred music presented by
the Second Vatican Council. Originally, in the early 1990’s, St. Boniface
Parish in Lafayette, Indiana, in response to a gradual politicization of
traditional hymn texts, searched for a hymnal or missalette that preserved
the original language, but could find none; and so the parish began working
to produce for its own use a simple supplement with traditional hymns. The
St. Michael Hymnal was the result of this initial desire to promote the
musical treasures of the Church’s tradition and to maintain unadulterated
language in traditional hymns. The hymnal is unique among most contemporary
hymnals precisely because of its concern for authentic texts and its
particular promotion of Gregorian chant.
published on this site are distributed under the terms of the Free Art
License (read it
All scores provided by contributors retain their original copyright (if
any). Cipoo.net has been authorized to publish such scores and to distribute
them for free.
The #1 Hymn site on the web, featuring over
10,000 Christian hymns, Author Bios,
Composer Biographies, Hymn Histories and Gospel songs from many
denominations. You’ll find lyrics, scores, MIDI files, pictures, history, &
This is the Petrucci Music Library. Its goal is to create a virtual library containing all
domain music scores, as well as scores from composers who are
willing to share their music with the world
Website of the parish choir attached to St.
Michael’s the Archangel Catholic Church in Auburn, Alabama, with a
particular emphasis on using chant and polyphony as an integral part of
modern liturgy. Site publishes church docs, traditional music and articles
to aid other parishes in participating in the revival of the traditional
An interesting project of Australian Clyde
McLennan who is an ordained Baptist minister as well as an organist and a
software designer. Its purpose is to provide mp3 recordings of music for
worship in various styles geared toward small churches which may not be able
to find or afford live musicians to accompany their services. The site
includes hundreds of public domain pieces with sheet music, midi files, mp3
recordings and even video files which display the lyrics as the music is
being played (presumably to be displayed for a congregation - karaoke
Each year, the Secretariat of Divine Worship of
the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops publishes the Liturgical
Calendar for the Dioceses of the United States of America. This calendar is
used by authors of ordines and other liturgical aids published to foster the
celebration of the liturgy in our country.
range of Lectionary based liturgical and catechetical resources designed to
assist the key ministries in the parish to better prepare for liturgy and
catechetics, integrating liturgy into their diverse ministries. (Requires
This site is dedicated to providing accurate
historical and current information about the liturgies of the Latin
(Roman) rite of the Catholic Church. Currently this includes the missal of
1970 (Novus Ordo) and the missal of 1962 (Tridentine).
The National Association of Pastoral Musicians
fosters the art of musical liturgy. The members of NPM serve the Catholic
Church in the United States as musicians, clergy, liturgists, and other
leaders of prayer.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
The purpose of the
American Guild of Organists is to promote the organ in its historic and
evolving roles, to encourage excellence in the performance of organ and
choral music, and to provide a forum for mutual support, inspiration,
education, and certification of Guild members.
The Church Music Association of America
(founded in 1874) is an association of Catholic musicians, and those who
have a special interest in music and liturgy, active in advancing Gregorian
chant, Renaissance polyphony, and other forms of sacred music, including new
composition, for liturgical use. The CMAA’s purpose is the advancement of
musica sacra in keeping with the norms established by competent
ChoralNet is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization
whose purpose is to be a central portal to online resources and
communications for the global choral music community. ChoralNet's extensive
resources and links
include repertoire lists, reference materials, rehearsal tips, choral
accessories and technology, and specialized sections for Church Music and
choirs in educational institutions.
Society for the
Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy. Adoremus publishes a liturgical journal, Adoremus Bulletin, which
features informative articles, news reports, commentary and opinion on the
undertakes other projects in response to the desires expressed by clergy and
laity for sound materials to promote a more reverent, beautiful, holy and
traditional Liturgy, such as the Adoremus Hymnal,
and other materials as may further this goal.
International Commission on English in the
The International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL)
is a mixed commission of Catholic Bishops' Conferences in countries where
English is used in the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy according to the
Roman Rite. The purpose of the Commission is to prepare English translations
of each of the Latin liturgical books and any individual liturgical texts in
accord with the directives of the Holy See.
This section will offer samples of various music programs around
our diocese that members may refer to as an aid in their own planning.