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January 19, 2012

Girning about GIRM

evelyn @ 6:20 pm

Following on from the previous post, I don’t think our guitarists need worry at all.

I’ve been dipping into the 2011 General Instruction of the Roman Missal, as given on the
Roman Missal Scotland
website. Here’s part of paragraph 393. It applies to both England and Scotland:

    Likewise it is for the [Bishops’] Conference to judge which musical forms, melodies, and musical instruments may be lawfully admitted into divine worship, insofar as these are truly suitable for sacred use, or can be made suitable.

And here’s the same part of 393 in the American version:

    While the organ is to be accorded pride of place, other wind, stringed, or percussion instruments may be admitted into divine worship in the Dioceses of the United States of America, according to longstanding local usage, in so far as these are truly suitable for sacred use, or can be made suitable.

Hmm. At least the Americans appreciate us organists.

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