So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Bishop Doerfler: "It is our joy to give God the best, most beautiful musical expression that we can offer Him as we sing the Mass."

H/T Southern Orders
http://southernorderspage.blogspot.ca/2016/01/every-bishop-in-world-needs-to-mandate.html
There is hope! Whereas many if not most Catholic dioceses are liturgical wastelands occupied by artistically inept know-nothings who thrive on sonic pablum, at least one diocese—the one in the care of His Excellency John Doerfler, Bishop of the Diocese of Marquette, Michigan—is showing a rightly ordered understanding of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, leading the way out of the liturgical darkness which has plagued the Church since "progressives" have gotten their greasy hands all over the Sacred Liturgy.

Bishop Doerfler has published a letter calling for, among many other wonderful actions, the use of an authentically Catholic hymnal (Letter/Section 4). The call for a hymnal of high merit is something practically unimaginable here in Canada where, because of an absence of leadership, we must contend with a drab book replete with saccharine texts set to even drippier tunes that would earn a first year composition student a failing grade for writing and so poorly harmonizing such awkward material. Let us hope that, in the Diocese's quest for a hymnal, the concept of sacred music will be fully appreciated and respected and that the choices for music included in the hymnal will not be diminished by a preference for music of low artistic merit that pretends at being liturgical.

Copies of the new diocesan hymnal will be purchased by the Diocese, thus assisting the implementation of the directive. Parishes will reimburse the Diocese over a period of three years.

The bishop is giving his parishes until December 31, 2020 to comply with his directive. This is a prudent decision which allows parishes ample time to reconfigure, where necessary, to a vision of the Sacred Liturgy that is consonant with the letter of the documents of the Second Vatican Council.

The bishop is providing a program of workshops to support and sustain the refinement of people understanding and practice of the Liturgy and its music.

Other bishops—take note! If liturgical renewal means anything, follow the example of Bishop Doerfler and the Diocese of Marquette.

Bishop Doerfler's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bishopdoerfler/

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