‘Sing to the Lord:’ Musician offers advice on choosing liturgical music

By Celine Klosterman

Choir members sing during the Mass of ordination to the priesthood of Father Joseph Nguyen at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport May 22, 2010.

The U.S. bishops’ 2007 document “Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship” offers numerous guidelines on music in liturgy, but what’s most important is singing and playing from the heart, Patti McTaggart said.
“We need to feel the sacredness of what we’re doing,” she told 16 people in a May 7 webinar on liturgical music. “This is not about us; it’s about God. He’s our only audience.”
A member of the Davenport Diocese’s Liturgical Com­mission, McTaggart serves in music ministry and youth ministry at St. Mary Parish in Iowa City. During the diocesan webinar, she used “Sing to the Lord” as the basis for offering advice on choosing music for liturgies.

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