Chinese Sacred Music in Taiwan After Vatican II: Historical Review and Outcomes

Part of the Christianity in Modern China book series (CMC)


Ancient Latin songs sung in liturgical ceremonies have long been recognized as a valued legacy in the Catholic Church. However, this tradition needed to be modified in order to encourage people without knowledge of Latin to become involved in the liturgy. The use of the vernacular language has been accepted officially since Sacrosanctum Concilium (the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy) was promulgated in 1963. The Catholic Church in Taiwan has expended considerable effort to implement these Vatican directives and encourage people with musical talent to write sacred music in order to meet the demand for liturgy in the vernacular. This research concentrates on the creation of sacred music that has been written in Mandarin Chinese after Vatican II. Suggestions for future development of Mandarin Chinese liturgical music in Taiwan are also proposed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Music DepartmentFu Jen Catholic UniversityNew Taipei CityTaiwan

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