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“Sacred music, being a complementary part of the solemn liturgy, participates in the general scope of the liturgy, which is the glory of God and the sanctification and edification of the faithful. It contributes to the decorum and the splendor of the ecclesiastical ceremonies, and since its principal office is to clothe with suitable melody the liturgical text proposed for the understanding of the faithful, its proper aim is to add greater efficacy to the text, in order that through it the faithful may be the more easily moved to devotion and better disposed for the reception of the fruits of grace belonging to the celebration of the most holy mysteries.”
— Pope Saint Pius X

1904 Our Position (Raphael Molitor)
published 19 March 2013 by Corpus Christi Watershed

km0_GCT-tome_1904_Our_Position HE FOLLOWING BOOK has been made available for free download courtesy of the Jean de Lalande Library. If you appreciate these efforts, please consider making a donation by using the link at the top of the page.

      * *  1904 Fr. Raphael Molitor • “Our Position” (PDF)

We had the honor of making the CMAA aware of the existence and importance of Dom Molitor’s book, and we even donated our copy, which was subsequently scanned by the CMAA for inclusion in the Sacred Music Magazine. We were glad to donate our book for this purpose. Here’s the CMAA scan (much higher quality than our scan):

      * *  Higher Quality Scan

• Our position : a word in reference to the plain chant question in view of the recent pronouncements of Pius X and the Congregation of Sacred Rites. Raphael Molitor English Book | : | 56 pages 1904 : : Ratisbon [etc.] : F. Pustet •