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Update on Sacred Music Colloquium XX

March 16th, 2010, Promulgated by Gen

When I posted last week about the Sacred Music Colloquium, I was planning on doing a lot of smiling and nodding, not really knowing anyone there, but knowing that we’re all basking in the radiance of the true spirit of Vatican II. Remember, “principum locum.”

From Sacrosanctum Concilium:

36. 1. Particular law remaining in force, the use of the Latin language is to be preserved in the Latin rites.
2. But since the use of the mother tongue, whether in the Mass, the administration of the sacraments, or other parts of the liturgy, frequently may be of great advantage to the people, the limits of its employment may be extended. This will apply in the first place to the readings and directives, and to some of the prayers and chants, according to the regulations on this matter to be laid down separately in subsequent chapters.
3. These norms being observed, it is for the competent territorial ecclesiastical authority mentioned in Art. 22, 2, to decide whether, and to what extent, the vernacular language is to be used; their decrees are to be approved, that is, confirmed, by the Apostolic See. And, whenever it seems to be called for, this authority is to consult with bishops of neighboring regions which have the same language.
4. Translations from the Latin text into the mother tongue intended for use in the liturgy must be approved by the competent territorial ecclesiastical authority mentioned above.

 Note that this document of Vatican II, dealing with the liturgy, verified by myriads of bishops and cardinals, let alone the pope, uses the phrases, “some of the prayers and chants” and “whether, an to what extent.” This is not the Vatican saying, “We need people music.” No, it is saying that we must open up the gift of sacred music in the mother tongue, Latin, to everyone. We weren’t supposed to dive into folk songs and guitars, but rather, educate ourselves and others about what the chant really means.

And this is why I was so excited to go to the Colloquium – it’s a group of 250 musicians who have the right idea.

However, I’m even more excited now because two of our dearest contributors to this blog are joining me in this quest to rediscover the Novus Ordo, done right. Aside from a handful of priests whom we all know and love, I think we can all agree that the Mass we have no in many churches is not what was envisioned by the Council. Choir Loft and Sr. Emily will be joining me for the trip, from June 21 through June 27. Oh, we’re a rowdy bunch. Watch out Pittsburgh – here comes trouble.

Sacred Music Colloquium XX – Pittsburgh, PA

March 12th, 2010, Promulgated by Gen

I have the privilege to attend the twentieth Sacred Music Colloquium, hosted by the people of the CMAA. This year, it will be in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, more specifically, the Church of the Epiphany and the University of Duquesne. I’m still debating how I’m actually getting down there, but that’s another matter.

This year’s Colloquium promises to be absolutely stellar, what with the repertoire including Schubert’s Mass in G, Byrd’s Gradualia, and tons and tons of pieces by Palestrina, Tallis, Brahms, Bach, Mozart, and more. More information can be found  by clicking the link above.

I strongly encourage you to join me. The teachers will be world-class chant experts, who combine a love for the Magisterium with a love for Sacred Music, following the will of the Second Vatican Council which clearly stated that Latin, more precisely Gregorian Chant, has “principum locum” in the liturgy. This has been translated by several “scholars” to mean, “pride of place,” sort of like how Uncle Olaf has a pride of place sitting at the end of the table, head resting in a puddle of drool. No, “principum locum” means “the first place,” “the primary place.”

If we can infuse our parishes, bit by bit, with a love for the sacred, a love for chant and sacred polyphony, you can be certain that we will see people returning to Mass. The music of the liturgy, the true music of the liturgy, is absolutely transcendent – it is something other worldly. Why go to Mass regularly or at all when you get the same folky and hippie tripe Sunday after Sunday? With chant and sacred polyphony, there is an inexhaustible store of musical treasures just waiting to be unearthed from the rubble of the past few decades.

Please, I know it’s an investment, but do consider attending. The Colloquium will last for about seven days – seven days of reverent Masses, perfect music, people of like mind and like action, and a genuine love for all things Catholic.