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Congress at Rome: “Music and Church: Worship and Culture 50 Years after Musicam Sacra”

Presentation at the Headquarters of the Pontifical Council for Culture

“Music and Culture: Worship and Culture 50 Years after Musicam Sacra is the theme of a congress that will take place at Rome from March 2-4. The participants’ audience with Pope Francis is foreseen for March 4.

Musican Sacra is an “Instruction” on music in the Liturgy, published on March 5, 1967, by the Dicastery formerly called the “Congregation of Rites,” and which today is the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

The conference will examine “the change” in the conception of music in the Church, 50 years after the release on March 5, 1967, of the Instruction Musicam Sacra on liturgical music, announced the Pontifical Council for Culture, organizer of the conference. A press briefing presenting this event will be held on February 2, 2017 at 12 o’clock at the headquarters of the Dicastery. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, its President, will intervene during this meeting.

Organized in collaboration with the Saint Anselm Pontifical Liturgical Institute and the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music, the congress aims to “stimulate a profound reflection at the musical, liturgical, theological and phenomenological levels,” pointed out a press release.

Among other things, the meeting proposes to review the place and the role of the musician of the Church and the musical patrimony in an “ecumenical dialogue.”

Cardinal Ravasi will open the congress on the theme “Music and the Word of God: An Hermeneutical Approach,” on March 2 at 4:00 pm.

Vespers will be celebrated in the Sistine Chapel to conclude the first day of work.

A round table on “Music and Inculturation” is planned for March 3 at 5:15 pm.

The last day of the meeting will be dedicated to a discussion on the preparation of musicians.

Representatives of several countries, among which France, Ireland, Sweden, the Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Cuba, South Korea, Spain and Portugal will take part in the work of the congress.

About Marina Droujinina

Journalist (Moscow & Brussels). Theology (Brussels, IET).

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