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.
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.”