On choosing music

Sections of each of the following documents address:
  • what it is appropriate to sing during Mass;
  • the choice of texts and associated musical settings;
  • the choice between singing of the propers and of hymns; and
  • the use of the organ.


  • Tra le sollecitudini (TRS) - Pope Pius X, 22 November AD 1903
    • Instruction on Sacred Music
  • Musicae Sacrae (MS1) - Encyclical of Pope Pius XII, 25 December AD 1955
    • Instruction on Sacred Music
  • De Musica Sacra et Sacra Liturgia (MSSL) - Sacred Congregation for Rites, 3 September AD 1958 
    • Instruction on Sacred Music and Sacred Liturgy
  • Sacrosanctum Concilium (SC) - Vatican Council II, 4 December AD 1963.
    • Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.
  • Musicam Sacram (MS2) - Sacred Congregation for Rites 5 March AD 1967
    • Instruction on music in the Liturgy
  • General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) - Roman Missal, 20 April AD 2000.
  • Redemptionis Sacramentum (RS) - Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, 25 March AD 2004.
    • On certain matters to be observed or to be avoided regarding the Most Holy Eucharist.