Music and Liturgy Courses

I teach two music and liturgy courses at St. John’s Seminary. There are many documents and links which are common to both courses. These common documents are on this page.

Please feel free to use these files but please also acknowledge my copyrights. Thanks!


Introduction to Music in the Liturgy Music for Priests and Deacons
This course is part of the Introduction to Liturgy course. This course is part of the Pastoral Liturgy Course.


Other liturgy files available for online viewing:

Here is the chart I put together for my students to explain the sources, kinds, and interpretation of liturgical law. The sources for this outline are the canonists Francis G. Morrisey, Ladislas Orsy, and John Huels; their works are full of examples which fill out the meaning of this chart. John Huels has a very helpful understanding of the place of liturgical law, which I hereby quote: “The function of canon law is to provide harmony and unity in the external life of the church as a reflection of its Spirit-guided inner unity. As part of canon law, liturgical law shares this purpose by ensuring the unity and authenticity of Catholic worship within and among the many local churches. ‘Unity’ does not imply a rigid uniformity in ritual detail but refers to the desirable and necessary ordering of the essential structures, spirit, and character of the Roman liturgy. The purpose of liturgical law must always be seen in the light of the role of liturgy itself, namely, to build up the body of Christ through Spirit-filled celebrations of the saving mysteries. The deepest purpose of liturgical law, therefore, is to promote effective experiences of worship that are always fresh, living expressions of the manifold cultures of the local churches.”
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