Singing the Mystery of Faith explains, in a practical way, the role of music in Catholic liturgical celebrations, and guides musicians through the pastoral and musical decisions made when preparing music for the liturgy.
It pays particular attention to music at Mass, but also gives helpful guidance about music at other sacramental celebrations, providing checklists, sample policy statements and planning templates.
Addressing the challenges that can arise in relation to music at weddings and funerals, it also proposes solutions to suit both liturgical and pastoral needs.
National Centre for Liturgy
The National Centre for Liturgy was founded to promote liturgical formation in the light of Vatican II. It was established in 1973 when the late Mgr Sean Swayne was appointed National Secretary for Liturgy.The National Centre for Liturgy houses the National Secretariat for Liturgy which works on behalf of the Episcopal Conference and the Irish Episcopal Commission for Liturgy and co-ordinates the work of the various consultative agencies on liturgy, church music, sacred art and architecture and liotuirge in nGaeilge. New Liturgy is the quarterly bulletin of the Secretariat. The National Centre for Liturgy has been engaged in the work of liturgical formation since 1973. The Centre also conducts shorter courses at other centres.