Sacred Music Series - Saint Cecilia
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This is packet, with its eight parts is based on Chapter VI “Sacred Music” taken from the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium solemnly promulgated by His Holiness Pope Paul VI on December 4, 1963. It includes the following lessons:

Saint Cecilia – Lesson and Discussion
Sacred vs. Secular Music – Lesson and Discussion 
Sacred Music: The Church’s Treasure – Lesson and Discussion
“a treasure of inestimable value”
Sacred Music: Purpose and Qualities – Lesson and Discussion 
“the purpose of sacred music”
Active Participation – Lesson and Discussion 
“the whole body of the faithful may be able to contribute that active participation which is rightly theirs”
Gregorian Chant: Pride of Place – Lesson and Discussion
“The Church acknowledges Gregorian chant as specially suited to the Roman liturgy”
Musical Instruments in the Mass – Lesson and Discussion
“In the Latin Church the pipe organ is to be held in high esteem”
Latin or Not? – Lesson and Discussion
“the use of the Latin language is to be preserved”
Sacred Music: Religious Singing – Lesson and Discussion
“Religious singing by the people is to be intelligently fostered”


Key Words / Themes

Saint Cecilia, Sacred Music, Secular Music, Active Participation, Vatican II, Gregorian Chant, Musical Instruments, Mass, Latin, Religious Singing, Hymns, Praise and Worship, Sacrosanctum Concilium, Kurt Poterack, polyphony, Catholic art, solemn liturgy, Mass, goal of liturgy, propers, responses, ordinaries, organ, worldly songs.

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