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1. Motivated by a strong desire "to maintain and promote the decorum of the House of God", my Predecessor St Pius X promulgated the Motu Proprio Tra le Sollecitudini 100 years ago.

Frequently Asked Questions On Sacred Music

A: On the centenary of its promulgation, John Paul II urged us to revisit and learn from St. Pius X's Motu Pro-prio on Sacred Music, Tra le sollecitudini (1903).

Tra le Sollecitudini

Among the cares of the pastoral office, not only of this Supreme Chair, which We, though unworthy, occupy through the inscrutable dispositions of Providence, but of every local church, a leading one is without question that of maintaining and promoting the decorum of the House of God in which ...


promulgation of the motu proprio Tra le sollecitudini in 1903 by Pope Pius X, which tied Gregorian chant and the active participation of the laity together.

Preparing for the New Translation

Instead, its true meaning should be found in the source from which the Second Vatican Council took the phrase, namely in Pope St. Pius X’s motu proprio, Tra le sollecitudini, which he issued in 1903 just three months after he became pope, which advocated a revival of Gregorian chant and where the ...

"Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should ...

It was Pope St. Pius X who, in a 1903 letter on sacred music ( Tra le sollecitudini ) , first called for "the active participation in the most holy mysteries and in the public and solemn prayer of the Church" by the faithful.


The history of the liturgical reform can be chronicled in the specific changes that occurred in the rites, e.g., a new approach to music for the liturgy with Tra le sollecitudini in 1903, the revision of the Holy Week ceremonies in 1956 Maxima Redemptionis), and the reform of the Mass in 1970.

The Lyceum letter

We are very proud of the fact that Lyceum students are able to read and discuss the Church's own documents concerning worship such as Sacrosanctum Concilium and Pope St. Pius X's famous Motu Proprio concerning Sacred Music, Tra le Sollecitudini.

The Lord's Supper in Reformed Churches in an Age of ...

Tra Le Sollecitudini in ibid., 17-18. 10. For a summary of the paper, see Raymond Loonbeek and Jacques Mortiau, Un Pionnier Dom Lambert Beauduin (1873-1960): Liturgie et Unité des chrétiens , vol. 1 (Louvain-La-Neuve: Editions de Chevetogne, *001), 79-81.

Weekly Church bulletin File

(Chirograph of the Supreme Pontiff Tra Le Sollecitudini, n. 7, 2003) In that statement John Paul II made a distinction between "sacred music" and "liturgical music."