within the Octave of Corpus Christi
Music used in the Liturgy and Extra-liturgical devotions of the
Church, including processions, must be for the purpose of enhancing
the worship of God by the faithful. Music itself forms an offering of
the people to God. It must never be entertainment. While it is ideal
that all music in Sacred Worship be sung live during said worship, it
is acknowledged and understood that the purpose of sacred music may
be equally well-served through the use of pre-recorded Sacred Music
in certain circumstances where a suitable live choir or cantor cannot
reasonably be obtained. It is further acknowledged that the recorded
music is itself a work of human beings which is capable of being used
repeatedly for a worthy purpose, just as a sacred painting is the
work of an artist and may be used repeatedly to draw people towards God.
Pre-recorded music must be equivalent to that which would be sung by
the choir. This includes the appropriate endings, doxologies,
antiphons, etc. appropriate to the liturgical season and day. It must
further be dignified in nature and used for the purpose of enhancing
the worship of those present.
for the music of the Holy Mass, Divine Office, or extra-liturgical
services that would be sung by the choir or a cantor may pre-recorded
music be sung. Those parts assigned to the Celebrant, Sacred
Ministers, or others outside the choir during the Holy Mass, or to
the Foremost at the Divine Offices must not be recorded, but must be
sung by the appropriate living person present.
4) It is
well-known that when the choir sings a given part of the liturgy of
the Holy Mass, the Celebrant nevertheless is responsible for saying
it as well. Likewise, if recorded music is used, the Celebrant must
say the required parts of the liturgy.
5) The use
of pre-recorded music must never allow worship to become distracted
or to become passive. This equally applies to live music. Indeed, all
music used in the liturgy must be used for the enhancement of the
worship of God. While a device for playing recorded music cannot
itself worship God, it may be used as a tool for the enhancement of
the worship of God by living persons present.
mere listening to pre-recorded music does not constitute
participation in the liturgy, just as the mere listening to live
music does not constitute participation in the liturgy.
provisions of this instruction apply only to those cases in which
dignified live music of a quality suitable for public worship cannot
reasonably be obtained.
the Court of Saint Mary of Walsingham.