On November 14, 2007, this document was approved by the entire body of Latin Rite bishops of the Catholic Church in the U.S. Sing to the Lord is a successor to Music in Catholic Worship (1972) and Liturgical Music Today (1983), both authored by the Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy, now renamed the Committee on Divine Worship.
This document begins, appropriately, with a section entitled "Why We Sing." The authors provide a sound rationale for singing within the liturgy, as part of the liturgy. Moreover, this section a clear emphasis on the teaching of the Second Vatican Council, in its Constitution on the Liturgy. That teaching is normative: "Full and active participation by all the people is the aim to be considered before all else." That participation, said the Council, is the "primary and indispensable source of the Christian spirit."
Sing to the Lord considers not only music in the Mass but also in the Liturgy of the Hours, in the sacraments, in other liturgical rites, and in devotions.
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