Christian Music

In all official Vatican documents, the term "sacred music" is used to name the music used at, or appropriate for the liturgy. Musicam sacram (1967) expanded the current definition of sacred music beyond GREGORIAN CHANT and polyphony to include music indigenous to missionary countries. Like the categories "religious music" and "church music," "sacred music" has a broad and rather nebulous meaning which does not necessarily relate to the liturgy at all. The phrase "liturgical music" was introduced to correct the older understanding.

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