Church Music Association of America

Pope Francis: take Gregorian chant as “the first model” of sacred music

In an address to church musicians of Italy on September 28, Pope Francis echoed the teaching of Pope St. Pius X and Pope St. Paul VI: the sacred rites of the liturgy call for a music that is “distinct and different” from secular music: it should be holy, noble in artistry, and universal, with Gregorian chant as its “first model”. An English translation of his address is available at our site Chant Café.

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