The publication of the US Bishops' document on music in the liturgy, Sing to the Lord (2007), has prompted Edward Foley to review the overall contribution of the Bishops to liturgical music since Vatican Council II. He explores the history and content of the US Bishops’ three previous statements on music in worship:
- The Place of Music in Eucharistic Celebrations
- Music in Catholic Worship
- Liturgical Music Today
In tracing this history, Foley illuminates the stages that led to Sing to the Lord and compares this most fully developed document with its predecessors. This concise history and analysis—illustrated with sets of comparative tables—will be a valuable resource for those who study, prepare, and lead music in Catholic worship in the United States.
Edward Foley, Capuchin, PhD, is Professor of Liturgy and Music, and founding Director of the Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry Program at Catholic Theological Union. He is author of From Age to Age: How Christians Have Celebrated the Eucharist (revised and expanded edition, Liturgical Press, 2008) and is coeditor of and contributor to A Commentary on the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (Liturgical Press, 2008).
Thanks to Foley's keen research and personal interviews, the reader will be intrigued with accounts of such liturgical giants as Cardinal John Dearden, Frederick McManus, Archabbot Rembert Weakland, Father Eugene Walsh, Father Robert Ledogar, and others. Don't miss the footnotes throughout the book: These, too, contain historical treasures.
Edward Foley's A Lyrical Vision is a gem of clarity of concision. In succinct but penetrating commentaries, he shares with readers his rich experience as a liturgical theologian and his pastoral acumen as a seasoned church musician. No one working in music ministry today can afford to be without this invaluable resource. Musicians and pastors alike will find themselves turning to it time and again for guidance and insight.
Nathan Mitchell, University of Notre Dame
A scholarly eye and ear is paid to the history; author Edward Foley presents a fine chronicle. A Lyrical Vision is a top pick for religious studies collections.
The Midwest Book Review
A must-read for all who are involved in musical decision making.
To understand the US Bishops' 2007 document Sing to the Lord, this book is indispensable. The author's superb scholarship and perceptive commentary serve to place all the US music documents in their historical context for the reader. Highly recommended.
Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB, Associate Professor of Theology, Saint John's University and School of Theology•Seminary