Music and the Mass
The Christian faithful who gather together as one to await the Lord's coming are instructed by the Apostle Paul to sing together Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (cf. Col 3:16). Singing is the sign of the Heart's joy (cf Acts 2:46). Thus St. Augustine says rightly, "Singing is for one who loves." There is also the ancient proverb: "One who sings well prays twice. (N 39. GIRM)
Music is essential to the celebration of the Eucharist and many other liturgies of the Catholic Church. In fact, if anyone looks within the Roman Missal they would find that many many parts are to be sung.
How music is used varies according to the season and to what is being celebrated, but there are some basics that are clearly explained in the General Instruction to the Roman Missal (GIRM). These will be highlighted on the pages to the left.
Please note that in any liturgy, whether Sunday Mass, Funerals, Weddings, etc, the only music permitted is that music approved by the USCCB. NO POPULAR SONGS may be used.