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VATICAN CHANT

Gregorian melodies revised according to the diretives of Pope St. Pius X. "Sacred music," he declared, "should possess in the highest degree the qualities proper to the liturgy. It must be holy, and must therefore exclude all worldliness" (November 22, 1903). The work of restoration was carried out chiefly by the Solesmes monks.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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