HE FOLLOWING PRESENATION is entitled “What’s With All the Chant? A Crash Course on the Church’s Teaching on Sacred Music.” I had the honor of presenting this material to my parishioners at St. Thérèse Little Flower Catholic Church (South Bend, IN) this past week.
Topics covered include: an introduction to liturgical theology and the Mass; anthropocentric vs. theocentric worship; the Ordinary and Proper texts of the Mass; why the texts of the Propers are superior to hymnody for use at the Introit, Offertory, and Communion; a survey of Church documents from the past c. 120 years on the primacy of Gregorian chant; and answers to questions about new music and music of other styles.
A special thanks is due to Fr. Brad Elliott, OP of the Western Dominican Province, whose video “What’s Wrong With Church Music?” served as the introduction to my lecture.