Somehow, the William Mahrt statement before the USCCB subcommittee on “Music in Catholic Worship” was lost in the transition to a new site. Fortunately, it will appear in the Spring 2007 issue of Sacred Music, and it is posted again with a new layout. Here is where Professor Mahrt takes apart the document piece by piece, as a good editor might, bring to bear his lifetime expertise on the history and meaning of the relationship between liturgy and music.
Among the urgent needs in the progress toward sacred music in Catholic liturgy are clergy who understand the need and are desirous of dramatic change toward what the Vatican is urging. Many young priests are there are already. They urging parishioners to form scholas that specialize in Gregorian chant and other music compatible with its prayerful sensibility.
But what about those in seminary today? How can you assist in the process of a sound musical formation?
The CMAA would like for the journal Sacred Music to be at every seminary in the United States, starting with the issue that is about to go to print. It features a fantastic and detailed look at the music of Orlando di Lasso, essays on chant, and William Mahrt’s commentary on what is wrong with current music legislation in the US. The entire issue is 70 pages, the largest in many years. It is also very beautiful.
In other words, it will be read. It will have influence.
There are 189 Catholic seminaries in the United States. To reach each of them with a subscription will cost $5,670. Is it worth doing? Certainly. Just one issue in the right hands could lead to a sound formation, which leads to good parish practice, which leads to true renewal.
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