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  1. Greetings & Blessings Padre,
    Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Tom. I am a husband and father in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. I have a bachelors degree in Theology & Philosophy from DeSales University & and an MA in Systematic Theology from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary Overbrook. I am 25 years old and I have been involved in youth ministry & music ministry for almost 10 year. I have a tremendous passion for worship in the Church.

    I greatly appreciate this two part interview regarding the New Liturgical Movement. I have followed Mr. Jeffrey Tucker – a contributor to the movement for some time now, and I love the work of himself and Adam Bartlett regarding the “Simple English Propers” it is phenomenal.

    About a year ago, I began a blog dedicated to rediscovering the heart of worship in the Church. The blog is entitled: The Catholic Worship Blog Since its inception, many articles, podcasts, interviews, and videos, have been published in order to give attention to “ars celebrandi” of music ministry within the Church.

    Over the years, led by my two passions for Theology & Worship, I’ve come to discern worship in the Church as something unique, especially compared to our Protestant brethren. However, for the past few decades, many Catholic music ministers have tried to appropriate Protestant worship-music into the liturgy without careful discernment of its appropriateness.

    On the one hand, I believe Non-catholic worship music is inspired by the Holy Spirit and can be used in the worship-life of the Church. On the other hand, I know the Church has a treasure-chest of rich sacred music that has sadly been lost. The goal of my blog then, is to begin to bring clarity and understanding to the nature of worship in the Church and all of its dynamics.

    For example, I am currently working on a special post that will clarify: What is worship in general, and then discuss the different contexts worship in the Church: Liturgical, Para-liturgical, and Devotional. From there I will try to explain how music in the Church shouldn’t be “Traditional” or “Contemporary”, “Charismatic” or “Contemplative” – it should be Catholic. And in using these principles in understanding what specific context we are in, a music minister can better appropriate the music to suit the context.

    Father, again, I thank you for this interview and for your ministry. I would love to discuss what I strongly believe to be the next chapter in music ministry of the Church. There is a false dichotomy in the Church between music minister’s who advocate different styles. This fear of one another need not be there. We are all one body, and have different roles to play, but we need to understand these roles. As music ministers, we need more training and understanding the big picture so we can execute our ministry according to “principles” instead of “preference”.

    Thank you for your time and God bless.

    Tom Lelyo
    Founder of The Catholic Worship Blog

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