Magazine article Pastoral Music

A New Membership Category

Magazine article Pastoral Music

A New Membership Category

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Seminarians and Religious in Formation. From our beginning, NPM has offered as its basic membership a two-part package: priest and musician. We have believed that what the Second Vatican Council said about the liturgy applies in a particular way to the music of the liturgy: "It would be futile to entertain any hopes of realizing [full, conscious, and active participation by all] unless the pastors themselves, in the first place, become thoroughly imbued with the spirit and power of the liturgy, and undertake to give instruction about it" (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 14). And we echo what the Catholic bishops in the United States recently affirmed: "No other single factor affects the Liturgy as much as the attitude, style, and bearing of the priest celebrant" (Sing to the Lord, 18).

From our beginning, we have also been interested in the kind of preparation for sung liturgy offered in seminaries. We have affirmed the Congregation for Catholic Education's 1979 Instruction on Liturgical Formation in Seminaries, which noted: "Given the importance of sacred music in liturgical celebrations, the students should be trained in music by experts, including a practical training, in those things necessary for them in their future roles as presidents and moderators of liturgical celebrations" (56). We were delighted when a survey from 1985 showed that eighty percent of U.S. major seminaries (theologates) offered courses to train singing presiders, though only about fifty percent of the respondents offered a course or courses in voice training for seminarians. …

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