“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 a combination of sacred music and words, it forms a necessary or integral part of solemn liturgy.” The composition and singing of inspired psalms, often accompanied by musical instruments, were already closely linked to the liturgical celebrations of the Old Covenant. the Church continues and develops this tradition: “Address . . . one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart.” “He who sings prays twice.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church; Paragraph 1156)
As an organist and cantor, I know the faithful people of God need for good music within the Catholic Church, and the desire that musicians have to make sure that they are giving the best possible service to God, and thus to His people as well. I have many different resources that I have come across throughout my young career, and wish to share with you what I have found.
Corpus Christi Watershed– This is a very useful resource, that has an innumerable amount of resources for music directors, organists, and cantors. A majority of these are free, but there are many other resources that can be purchased, such as the new Vatican II hymnal.
St. Michael Hymnal– A very solid hymnal, which features permanence, insofar that it does not have to be replaced on a semi- annual basis, or even yearly.
Mark Passion Narrative– This is the text of Mark’s Passion Narrative, edited and formatted for three voices, one being the priest, and the other two being the narrator and the other voice. The crowd text is included, and has been bolded for convenience.