The Church has only one officially endorsed music: Gregorian chant. As the wide representation at this year's Chant Pilgrimage in Washington, D.C. demonstrates, Gregorian chant continues to promise pastors and musicians effectiveness in not only bringing the whole parish family into a unity around the Lord's presence in the Eucharistic Sacrifice of the Mass; this ancient music of the Church also promises more effective encouragement to active participation in the music of holy Mass for men and women, young and old and members of every cultural and ethnic group.
Scott Turkington leads afternoon chant rehearsal in the Blessed Sacrament chapel at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Pilgrims gather for the Saturday evening reception in the foyer of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center.
From left to right: David Lang, the organist at St John the Beloved in McLean, one of the numbers of young people at the pilgrimage, Scott Turkington, and Elizabeth Poel, who began organizing the CMAA workshops at St John's two years ago. Elizabeth was also a major force in organizing this year's pilgrimage at the Shrine with Arlene Oost-Zinner.
Young schola members from Saint Louis Church in Alexandria, Virginia
Arlene Oost-Zinner, one of the organizers of the Chant Pilgrimage, of The New Liturgical Movement (right).
Jeffrey Tucker (second from left) of The New Liturgical Movement chats with pilgrims.