Encyclicals and Pastoral Letters

Light of Faith (Lumen Fidei) Pope Francis
Letter to Artists Pope John Paul II
Sacred Music (Musica Sacrae) Pope Pius XII
Pastoral Letter on Sacred Music in Divine Worship
- Reflection on this letter here
Archbishop Sample



National Association of Pastoral Musicians Bulletin Inserts

Regarding Preparing for Worship
The Church Prepares for Worship
How Firm a Foundation: Basic Principles of Liturgy
Upgrading the Postconciliar Renewal
Regarding Music in the Liturgy
Worshiping in "Continuous and Unbroken Tradition"
Sing to the Lord: Guidelines for Sung Worship
Come and See...And Hear...And Sing
Learning to Sing Lament
They Sing a New Song
Chant: Older than the Church, Newer than Tomorrow
With Joyful Song
Singing Songs of Expectation
Gregorian Chant Today
Regarding Music Leadership Roles
Liturgical Ensembles
Mentoring Youth into Music Ministry
Learners, Teachers, Pilgrims: Singers
Priest, Liturgy, Song: Making Connections
Ministers to Sung Worship: The Choir


Helpful Websites for Liturgical Singers and Players

Cantica Nova Liturgy guidelines, music reflections, weddings, funerals, comprehensive music suggestions and instruction on the GIRM
CMAA Catholic Music Association of America - Comprehensive sacred music reflections and suggestions, forums, information and resources for Latin, the Propers, and chant
Catholic Resources Resources for the Bible, liturgy, art, and theology
Catholic Wedding Help Guidelines for wedding liturgies, FAQ, music suggestions, general wedding tips for Catholic couples
Chant Cafe Forum of liturgical musicians discussion a wide scope of sacred music topics
Choral Net Comprehensive suggestions for choral directors and choristers of all experience levels
CPDL Downloadable and printable public domain sheet music for solo and ensemble musicians of all types
CC Watershed Liturgical leadership guidelines, blog posts, reflections on sacred music
IMSLP Downloadable and printable public domain sheet music for solo and ensemble musicians of all types
NPM National Association of Pastoral Musicians - Leadership guidelines, hymn scheduling, choral suggestions
OCP Oregon Catholic Press - St. Benedict Parish's primary missal resource
SJMP St. James Music Press - Public domain sheet music for church use
St. Michael Hymnal St. Benedict Parish's primary hymnal resource, includes listening resources for mass settings