Musicam sacram is the title of an instruction on Roman Catholic sacred music issued by the Sacred Congregation of Rites on 5 March 1967 in conjunction with the Second Vatican Council.[1] The instruction deals with the form and nature of worship music[citation needed] within the framework of Sacrosanctum concilium.[2] According to the document, it is not a collection of "all the legislation on sacred music; it only establishes the principal norms which seem to be more necessary for our own day."[3]




  • Joncas, Jan Michael (1997). From Sacred Song to Ritual Music: Twentieth-Century Understandings of Roman Catholic Worship Music. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press. ISBN 978-0-8146-2352-7.
  • Sacred Congregation of Rites (1967). Musicam Sacram. Retrieved 18 October 2017.