I have played contemporary music for the past 15 years and have been involved in the Life Teen program. I enjoy the modern music. I like to stay current with the Catholic song writers. However, lately I have been moved by documents I have read about music at Mass. I have been troubled by what I have been playing which is really the only style I currently know.
In our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation, Sacramentum Caritatis, regarding liturgical music he states:
“Generic improvisation or the introduction of musical genres which fail to respect the meaning of the liturgy should be avoided. As an element of the liturgy, song should be well integrated into the overall celebration (128). Consequently everything – texts, music, execution – ought to correspond to the meaning of the mystery being celebrated, the structure of the rite and the liturgical seasons (129). Finally, while respecting various styles and different and highly praiseworthy traditions, I desire, in accordance with the request advanced by the Synod Fathers, that Gregorian chant be suitably esteemed and employed (130) as the chant proper to the Roman liturgy (131).”
I have also been reading** Pope St. Pius X’s Motu Proprio “Tra Le Solicitudine” **
“Nothing should take place which would directly violate the decorum and holiness of the sacred functions and thus be unworthy of the House of Prayer and the Majesty of God.” (…)
“The closer a musical composition approaches Gregorian chant in its composition, the more sacred and liturgical it is; the further it departs from that supreme model, the less worthy it is of the temple.”
Please offer your opinion regarding liturgical music. Sacred music vs. modern emotion stirring music. Emotions seem dangerous to gauge our spiritual life by.