Useful Links

Disclaimer: These links are provided as a service to the SSG membership. No endorsement of the views expressed on these sites is implied or given.

Liturgical Associations

NNPM: National Network of Pastoral Musicians [UK]
The National Network of Pastoral Musicians is an organisation consisting of people around the UK who are committed in some way to church music. It is totally ecumenical and open to all.

NPM: National Association of Pastoral Musicians [USA]
The NPM is committed to forming well-trained pastoral musicians in the Catholic Church in the USA.

International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL)
The International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) is a mixed commission of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences in countries where English is used in the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy according to the Roman Rite. The purpose of the Commission is to prepare English translations of each of the Latin liturgical books and any individual liturgical texts in accord with the directives of the Holy See.

Panel of Monastic Musicians
Monastic Musicians is a group of monastic and religious men and women from Roman Catholic and Anglican communities in the British Isles, assisted by a small group of professional advisers.

Association for Latin Liturgy
Founded in 1969 to encourage and extend the use of Latin in the liturgy of the Catholic Church.

Universa Laus
Universa Laus means literally “Universal Praise” in Latin. It is an International study group for liturgical singing and instrumental music.

Irish Church Music Association
The Irish Church Music Association was founded in 1969 to support the work of musicians working in the field of liturgical music in Ireland.

Liturgical Sites

Liturgy Office England and Wales
The Liturgy Office for the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales. Many useful resources can be found here.

US Bishops’ Liturgy Site
The Committee on Divine Worship, a standing committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has the responsibility for all matters relating to the Sacred Liturgy for Latin Rite Dioceses in the United States.

Catholic Liturgical Library
A great site for getting all sorts of Church documents.

Center for Liturgy at St Louis University
Gives a weekly insight into the Sunday’s Liturgy, including: Prayer about the Readings, Spirituality of the Mass, Information about the Readings, Musical Ideas, and General Intercessions. USA based.

Liturgy – New Zealand
This New Zealand site carries liturgy and spirituality reflections, worshp resources, lectio divina, liturgy of the hours and more.

Pray Tell- Collegeville Blog
Pray Tell is a blog that gives practical wisdom about prayer, sacraments, and the community of the faithful – in short, worship. Created especially for pastors, liturgists, musicians, and scholars, Pray Tell is informal, conversational, even humorous, but also – we hope – always well-informed and intellectually grounded. (USA based)

Musical Organisations

The Royal College of Organists
The Royal College of Organists is a charity and membership organisation dedicated to the promotion and advancement of organ playing and choral directing.

The Association of British Choral Directors
The UK’s only organisation entirely devoted to those leading choral music.

Sing For Pleasure
A national charity promoting the enjoyment of singing in class and choirs.

The Royal School of Church Music
The RSCM supports a world-wide network of over 8,000 churches, schools and individuals.
We are committed to achieving the best use of good music in worship – whatever the resources, whatever the styles. Through education, training, publications, advice and encouragement, we aim to support church music today and to invest in church music for the future.

Publishers and Music on-line

Decani Music – publishers of the Laudate hymnal, Veni Emmanuel, Resurrexit, and many Mass settings.

McCrimmons – publishers of the Celebration hymnal and a wide variety of books and liturgical resources

Kevin Mayhew – publishers of Hymns Old and New and a wide variety of books and liturgical resources

Magnificat Music – the website of Paul Inwood

Benedicamus – the website of John Ainslie

OCP – American music publisher with a website full of useful resources

GIA Publications Inc. – publishing music by many well-known composers, including David Haas, Marty Haugen and Paul Inwood

Chabanel Psalms

CanticaNOVA Publications

Wild Goose Publications – the publishing house of the Iona Community

World Library Publications

Choral Public Domain Library – here you will find free choral/vocal scores, texts, translations, and other useful information.

Liturgical Press – begun in 1926, the Liturgical Press is a trusted publisher of liturgy, scripture, theology, and spirituality evolving to serve the changing needs of the Church.

Church Music Association of America – founded in 1874, this is an association of Catholic musicians and others who have a special interest in music and liturgy, active in advancing Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, and other forms of sacred music, including new composition, for liturgical use. The CMAA’s purpose is the advancement of musica sacra in keeping with the norms established by competent ecclesiastical authority.

The Chant Cafe – Catholic musicians gathered to blog about liturgy and life. This is a project of the CMAA (see above).

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