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The 2nd Vatican Council decreed "all other things being equal, Gregorian Chant is to have pride of place." What does that mean for the contemporary church, especially in the multi-cultural setting? Also what about the changing vernacular settings for the assembly?
Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB, monk of St. John's Abbey, teaches theology and liturgical music at St. John's University. He has masters degrees from St. John's and Yale, and a doctorate from the University of Graz, Austria. He is the founding director of the National Catholic Youth Choir. He served on drafting committee for the 2007 US bishops' document "Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship." He is on the advisory board of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. He wrote Sacred Music and Liturgical Reform (2007) and Responsorial Psalms for Daily Mass (2008). He plays organ and directs Gregorian chant at the abbey, and does priestly ministry at the county jail and for the neighboring Benedictine sisters.
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