Gregorian chant; liturgy; music; singing; pipe organ
Studia Pastoralne, Nr 12 (2016), s. 75-87
The Second Vatican Council initiated the process of the renewal of the liturgical
music. It explained its task in the service for God and presented the principles of
its renewal. This renewal was prepared by pioneers and promoters of the liturgical
movement which existed from the second half of the 19th century. Sacrosanctum
Concilium, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, pointed that there is an inseparable
connection between music and liturgy. Music was presented as an integral
part of the solemn liturgy. Singing in liturgy is a form of active participation in
liturgical celebrations. It is a form of the confession of faith and an element of
deeper entering to the celebration of the mystery of salvation.
The principles of the Constitution define the stage of Church consciousness
which inspired and started the era of the renewal of liturgy and church music.
Among positive effects of the Council renewal of church music, apart from new
liturgical books, there is the fact of existing choirs in Church, cantors and psalterists
as well as the extension of music repertoire.
Music education of the clergy and the faithful is still an important task. Above
all organists should be taught to organize the singing not to replace the participants
of liturgical celebrations in singing.