Category Archives: Sacred Music
The Choir Loft is a new website dedicated to the recovery of the authentic sacred music of the Catholic Church and its restoration to its rightful place in the sacred liturgy.
The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred song united to the words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy. (Sacrosanctum Concilium 112 –Vatican II)
The Church acknowledges Gregorian Chant as specially suited to the Roman liturgy: therefore, other things being equal, it should be given pride of place in liturgical services. But other kinds of sacred music, especially Polyphony, are by no means excluded from liturgical celebrations, so long as they accord with the spirit of the liturgical action. (Sacrosanctum Concilium 116 – Vatican II)