Whether you’re a Doctor, a Lawyer, or a Teacher, the key to how successful you will be in your field is how much knowledge you have. The same goes for Music Ministers. The more knowledge we have about music and the Liturgy, the more fruitful our Ministry will become.
Where do we get it?
Although it’s true that some of our knowledge might come from workshops and mentoring relationships, the best place to learn about Liturgical music is in the documents of our Church. If we know the documents and stay true to them we can only help ourselves and help our communities to grow in faithfulness to the Church that we serve. We should have the Liturgy documents on hand in our homes and/or offices to guide us to the answers to questions that may come up from time to time. They can also help us to further our study and reflection of the way we celebrate the Liturgy in our parishes.
So why is it so important?
If we were assigned to do a documentary on someone’s life, we would do them a discredit by not finding out as much as we possibly could about them. The same is even truer with the Liturgy. It’s the most important thing we celebrate as Catholics so it deserves our greatest attention and care. We are servants of the Liturgy and it is our duty to lead our assemblies to full, conscious and active participation so that all may come to know Christ in a deeper and more intimate way.