“The musical tradition of the Church constitutes a patrimony of inestimable value, which excels among other expressions of art, especially for the fact that sacred song, combined with words, is a necessary and integral part of the solemn liturgy” (Sacrosantum Concilium CapVI n.112)
From this fundamental conciliar affirmation it is understood that music and liturgical singing are not an embellishment superimposed on the celebration, an extrinsic ornament, a way to make the liturgy more pleasant and brilliant. Liturgical singing is an integral part of the celebration and emphasizes its moments in a very proper and meaningful way.
Music plays a fundamental role in participation, understanding of signs and the depth of prayer.
In liturgical singing, the Church on the way joins the triumphant Church in the one song of praise.
The present Statute wants to be a help, for each member of the choir, to understand the importance of offering one’s own voice to praise God in his Church and help the brothers in prayer and praise, moreover it wants to be a guide to become more aware of this important task and not so much a disciplinary regulation. Therefore, all the following articles should be considered as a pedagogical tool and, therefore, an aid to better define the fundamental conditions for the vocal formation of the singer and to better exercise this ministry.
The choir “Mater Divini Amoris” reaches its present maturity after a long journey, it proposes itself as a stable organic in order to carry out a specific service – the task of each schola cantorum – and to animate the most important and significant celebrations of the liturgical year in the Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love thus favoring a fruitful and active participation of the faithful in liturgical celebrations.
In addition to its primary and specific role as schola cantorum in liturgical celebrations, the choral group Mater Divini Amoris, as a group in continuous expansion, proposes as another objective to disseminate the sacred repertoire of ancient and modern polyphony in other non-liturgical contexts such as in concerts and prayer meetings in music.