Liturgical Rites and Music


Dr Paul Taylor
Semester 2, 2020
Thursday 2.00pm – 5.00pm

In this unit, students will be introduced to the Catholic Church’s liturgical rites and the Church’s vision of music in the liturgy according to official documents from the Holy See that have been produced over the last 100 years, particularly following the Second Vatican Council (1962–65).  Participants in the unit will explore liturgical principles for integrating into the sacramental rites various types of liturgical music (e.g. ministerial chants, psalmody, hymnody, choral and instrumental music), and they will be provided with criteria for assessing the relative worth of liturgical music selections in a variety of ritual and pastoral contexts in the Church today. 

Census Date

Tuesday 18 August 


DL1000C or equivalent


face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester


second level
  • one 2,500-word essay or project 60%
  • one 1,000-word class presentation 20%
  • one 1,000-word evaluation of a liturgical celebration with music 20%
third level
  • one 3,000-word essay 60%
  • one 1,000-word class presentation 15%
  • one 1,000-word evaluation of a liturgical celebration with music 25%


  • Deiss, Lucien. Visions of Liturgy and Music for a New Century. Edited by Donald Molloy. Translated by Jane Burton. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1996. 
  • Foley, Edward, Nathan Mitchell, and Joanne Pearce, eds. A Commentary on the General Instruction of the Roman Missal. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2007.
  • Gelineau, Joseph. Liturgical Assembly, Liturgical Song. Translated by Bernadette Gasslein. Portland: Pastoral Press, 2002.
  • Heaney, Maeve L. Music as Theology: What Music Says About the Word. Princeton Theological Monographs 184. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2012.
  • Joncas, Jan M. From Sacred Song to Ritual Music: Twentieth-Century Understandings of Roman Catholic Worship Music. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1997.
  • Kubicki, Judith M. The Song of the Singing Assembly: A Theology of Christian Hymnody. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2017.
  • MacFarland, Jason J. Announcing the Feast: The Entrance Song in the Mass of the Roman Rite. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2012.
  • Mannion, M. Francis. Masterworks of God: Essays in Liturgical Theory and Practice. Chicago: Hillenbrand Books, 2004.
  • Ruff, Anthony. Sacred Music and Liturgical Reform: Treasures and Transformations. Chicago: Liturgical Training Publications, 2007.
  • Schaefer, Edward. Catholic Music Through the Ages: Balancing the Needs of a Worshipping Church. Chicago: Hillenbrand Books, 2008.