Sacred Music

by Paul Jernberg

Musicians will enter on this new work (the composition of sacred music) with the desire to continue that tradition which has furnished the Chruch, in her divine worship, with a truly abundant heritage.  Let them examine the woks of the past, their types and characteristics, ... so that "new forms may in some way grow organically from forms that already exist," and the new work will form a new part in the musical heritage of the Church, not unworthy of its past,

-Musicam Sacram, Art. 59

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“Composers, filled with the Christian spirit, should feel that their vocation is to cultivate sacred music and increase its store of treasures.” Sacrosanctum Concilium, art. 121

“Musicians will enter on this new work with the desire to continue that tradition which has furnished the Church, in her divine worship, with a truly abundant heritage. Let them examine the works of the past, their types and characteristics... so that "new forms may in some way grow organically from forms that already exist,"[41] and the new work will form a new part in the musical heritage of the Church, not unworthy of its past.” Musicam Sacram, art. 59

 

This vocation of composing beautiful new music for the Liturgy is one upon which Church has placed a high value, as seen in the above quotations from the Second Vatican Council. And yet there is seldom an easy way for skilled composers to find the time and financial resources to adequately fulfill this task; very often they must thoroughly commit themselves to other full-time employment in order to make a living, and then somehow to fit composition – which in order to be done well requires not only time but also a substantial amount of “contemplative space” – into the context of a schedule that is already busy with a full set of responsibilities.

Your financial contribution, however small or large, can provide significant support to the fulfillment of the great mission described above, in the composition and promotion of new music for the Liturgy that is truly sacred, beautiful and nobly accessible to all people of good will (see Reviews page.) All donations are tax-deductible in going to Magnificat Academy, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization for the promotion of Sacred Music, governed by a Board of Trustees. These donations not only support Mr. Jernberg's work as a composer, but also help fund important projects such as new CD recordings, special Liturgies, concerts, workshops, etc. Please let us know of any questions you might have in this regard, through our contact page.

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“The highest reaches of music belong to the Church’s liturgical tradition; and a sort of ‘high point’ seems to have, somehow, been attained in the polyphony of the European Renaissance. Benedict XVl has spoken explicitly of this achievement. In the music of Paul Jernberg, we have authentically contemporary liturgical music which arises gloriously and faithfully from this noble tradition.”
— Thomas Howard, Author and Scholar

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