Putem imagina astfel de reguli pentru cîntat în biserică? Hmm, unele chestiuni chiar merită discutate cu seriozitate.
Textul de mai jos a venit în contextul discuţiei de AICI.
The Church’s doctrine on liturgical music can be summarized in seven points:
1 Types of Music Appropriate for the Mass. The music of the Mass and the Sacred Liturgy of the must be either Gregorian Chant, or must be similar to Gregorian Chant. The primary example of music similar to Gregorian Chant is Sacred Polyphony, exemplified by the compositions of Palestrina.
2 Characteristics of Music Appropriate for the Mass. The music of the Mass must have „grandeur yet simplicity; solemnity and majesty,” and must have „dignity,” and „gravity,” should be „exalted” and „sublime,” should bring „splendor and devotion” to the liturgy, and must be conducive to prayer and liturgical participation, rather than distracting the listener from prayer. It must be music that befits the profound nature of the Mass, which is the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ. As Pope Paul VI put it: „The primary purpose of sacred music is to evoke God’s majesty and to honor it. But at the same time music is meant to
be a solemn affirmation of the most genuine nobility of the human person, that of prayer.”
3 Types of Musical Instruments Appropriate for the Mass. The instrument that is most „directly” fitted for the Mass is the classical pipe organ. Other instruments, however, can be adapted to the Mass, including wind instruments, and smaller bowed instruments.
4 Types of Music Prohibited in the Mass. All secular and entertainment styles of music are utterly prohibited in the Mass. The introduction of inappropriate music into the liturgy is regarded as „deplorable conduct.”
5 Types of Instruments Prohibited in the Mass. All „noisy or frivolous” instruments are prohibited for use in the Mass.The specific instruments named by the Popes have included guitars, pianos, drums, cymbals, and tambourines. „Bands” also are prohibited, as are all automated forms of music (recordings, automatic instruments, etc).
6 Adapting Musical Traditions of Indigenous Cultures, and
„Universality.” The musical traditions of particular cultures can and should be incorporated into the Sacred Liturgy, but only in such a way that they will be recognized as sacred („good” in the words of Pope St. Pius X) by people of all cultures. That is, all such music must have the characteristic of „universality.”
7 Preserving the Church’s Musical Tradition. The treasury of the Church’s sacred music is to be carefully preserved, rather than discarded.