Monday, 8 October 2012
Reading Church music documents on Church music from various sources can be enlightening. Each Church denomination has developed its own theology and practice of Church music, but the various interpretations and practices are all ultimately based on faith in Jesus Christ. Whenever controversy arises in Australian Church music, returning to source documents can increase understanding of Church music differences. In the global Church marketplace, Australian Church music is subject to international as well as national, regional and local pressures and influences. One Church music document, published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2007, which exerts considerable (some say disproportionate) influence over the liturgical music of the Australian Catholic Church, is “Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship.” You can download the entire document in four parts (PDF) here.