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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:


Church Documents

Name/Link Description
Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium) Sacrosanctum Concilium, 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.
General Instruction on the Roman Missal (GIRM) This is the document that lays out the rubrics for the liturgy of the Roman rite of the Catholic Church.
Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship (2007)

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 (2001) 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 (1967) 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 Sacrosanctum Concilium.
Instruction on Sacred Music (1958) De musica sacra et sacra liturgia - Instruction on Sacred Music and Sacred Liturgy

Sacred Congregation for Rites - September 3, 1958

John Paul II Chirograph on Sacred Music (2003) 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-List of Church Documents  

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.



Name/Link Description
GIA Publications, Inc.

Publishes music for the church in all styles and instrumentation. Includes hymnals, choral works, psalm settings, "folk"-style music, education materials and more., 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 computer.

World Library Publications

A division of J. S. Paluch Company, Inc., Franklin Park, IL, publishes the finest in Catholic music and resources for liturgy and worship.
Oregon Catholic Press

OCP is a self-supporting, not-for-profit, Catholic publishing company which, for more than 80 years, has responded to the diverse and changing needs of churches and worshipers around the world.
Ignatius Press

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

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


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

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

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 the original 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

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.
ILP Music

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 world.
St. Boniface Parish, Lafayette, IN

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.


Music Online

Name/Link Description
Choral Public Domain Library

ChoralWiki, home of the Choral Public Domain Library, is one of the world's largest free sheet music sites. You can use CPDL to find scores, texts, translations, and information about composers.
Public Domain Choral Music

All scores published on this site are distributed under the terms of the Free Art License (read it here). All scores provided by contributors retain their original copyright (if any). has been authorized to publish such scores and to distribute them for free.
The Cyber Hymnal

The Cyber Hymnal

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, & more. 
Classic Cat

Free Classical Catalogue - the index to some 6000 free classical music performances.
IMSLP - Free Public Domain Sheet Music Library

This is the Petrucci Music Library. Its goal is to create a virtual library containing all public domain music scores, as well as scores from composers who are willing to share their music with the world without charge.
St. Cecilia Schola Cantorum

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 Roman rite.

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 style!).


Liturgy Planning Help

Name/Link Description
The Liturgical Calendar from the USCCB

Liturgical Calendar

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. Online liturgy preparation system including a comprehensive planner with music suggestions. (Requires subscription) A comprehensive 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 subscription)
GIA Planner contains the on-line tools you need to plan effective liturgies quickly and easily, combining expert suggestions with the best a price you can afford.
CanticaNOVA Publications

CanticaNOVA Publications (CNP) provides quality liturgical music for today's Catholic Church. The web site includes Liturgy Planning pages for the entire church year.
The Society for Catholic Liturgy

The non-profit Society is committed to promoting scholarly study and practical renewal of the Church’s liturgy.
The Catholic Liturgical Library

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).


Other Helpful Links

Name/Link Description
National Association of Pastoral Musicians

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)

An assembly of the hierarchy of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands who jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of the United States.
American Guild of Organists

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.
Diocese of Buffalo

Official web site of the diocese.
The Holy See

Vatican Web Site

The Official Vatican Website. Includes many church documents on music and liturgy.
Music Sacra - Church Music Association of America

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 ecclesiastical authority.

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 Liturgy. Adoremus 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 Liturgy (ICEL)

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.


Music Programs

This section will offer samples of various music programs around our diocese that members may refer to as an aid in their own planning.

Chrism Mass 2014 at St. Joseph's Cathedral - pdf

Christmas Eve Mass 2012 at Blessed John XXIII Parish Bill Fay, Music Director - pdf

Lent/Easter Music 2012 at St. Joseph's Cathedral - pdf


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