What Questions to Ask in Choosing Liturgical Songs

There is a knock on the door of my office. Two campus ministers want me to check the list of songs for the Mass of the Holy Spirit. TJ Sunga, our campus minister, hands me the list of songs. I scan the list thoroughly. I have to be sure that each song fulfils its “ministerialContinue reading “What Questions to Ask in Choosing Liturgical Songs”

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If the mass is in English, should the song repertoire be all English?

In the growing concern for good liturgy, many music ministries, whether in the parish, school or local community, would like to know how to choose appropriate songs for the mass. One of the concerns is the use of language. In a repertoire for a particular liturgy, should we use one language according to the tongueContinue reading “If the mass is in English, should the song repertoire be all English?”

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How to Choose Songs for the Mass

Christmas is notorious for inappropriate song choices for mass. In the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice in the University of the Philippines, we were aghast when a choir sang, “Silver Bells” for communion, or “We, Three Kings” during the Season of Advent. In a remote island in Quezon Province, a Jesuit volunteer said that theContinue reading “How to Choose Songs for the Mass”

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