English Language Pastoral Region


The Right Reverend Bishop Edward Risi OMI

Tel & Fax: (054) 461 1846
Email: omikeimoes@global.co.za

Sister Jordana Maher

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Sister Patricia Finn
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Reverend Father Rohan Smuts
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Reverend Father Andrew Scott Davidson, C.Ss.R
Email: scottdcssr@xsinet.co.za

Norman Buckle
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Chris Busschau
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Gianfranco De Grandis
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Rev Fr Malcolm McLaren
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THE ROMAN MISSAL – A guide for composers, musicians and leaders

Download the Roman Missal – A guide for composers, musicians and leaders booklet HERE


Preparing Music for use and/or publication

34. Many who compose music for the liturgy wish to pass on the fruits of their creativity to others, beyond the particular community for which it was first created. The development and accessibility of computer software allows people the possibility of producing professional looking editions.

Preparing music for publication is a discipline. The composer will need to discern what may need to be changed to allow for wider use: what works well in one set of circumstances and resources may need adaptation for more general use. It is sometimes necessary to make sure that elements the composer may take for granted, such as tempo, are included.

35. The guidance about including musical tones from the Missal for the doxology etc. should be followed. The composer will need to check the accuracy of the text respecting the capitalisation, punctuation etc. of the original.


36. The texts of the liturgy are protected by copyright. They are the product of the hard work of the copyright holders on behalf of the Church and this should be respected just as the work of the composer should also be respected. The fees that are collected are used to fund the ongoing work of the revision of the liturgical texts. It is also, along with the

Imprimatur process, a safeguarding mechanism which can help ensure that the fidelity of the texts used in the liturgy. Further details about copyright will be provided in appendix 3.

Approval to use and/or Permission to Publish

37. Paragraph 393 of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal states that musical settings of the liturgical texts will need to be submitted to the Liturgy Office of the Bishops’ Conference for review and approval before they may be used and/or published. This section indicates an overview of the process. A more detailed statement of the process can be found in Appendix 1.

• The process is in some ways similar to a concordat cum originali and imprimatur which is required of any publication of the liturgical texts. The concordat asserts that the text is consonant with that found in the official liturgical books; imprimatur is the permission to publish.

• The Concordat will be required of any liturgical musical settings of the texts of the Roman Missal. This means making the setting available to others, whether freely or for a fee. However the Concordat is not necessary before setting the liturgical texts and it is recognised that musical settings invariably have to be tried in a local setting before they are published. Nevertheless, after composition and before that setting can be tried, even in one’s own parish, it needs to be submitted for assessment. (This will be primarily based on the text but musical guidance might be suggested or can be requested. if desired.)

• Liturgical Texts in this context means any prescribed text contained in the Roman Missal and in particular the 2010 English Translation of the third edition.

• The texts of the Roman Missal have received the recognitio of the Holy See and are included in this document.

• The Concordat is a distinct process from obtaining copyright permission though it is expected that such permission will not be given without a Concordat. Even where copyright permission is not needed the Concordat is required.

• The obligation to submit musical settings lies in the first instance with the composer of the setting (as above, this means anyone making the settings available to others, (even within one’s own parish) whether freely or for a fee).If the composer subsequently wishes to publish a work the setting will require an Imprimatur. This will cover any liturgical setting published within the territory of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference whether on paper or by electronic means.

• The Imprimatur process as being similar to the Concordat process will, therefore, be primarily based on the text.

• This document provides the criteria for the processes.

Download the Application Form

⤵︎  Click here to download the Application Form for submission with your music (600 KB)


The following two hymnals have been approved for use in the SACBC area, they are:
(1) Celebration Hymnal for Everyone – McCrimmons, 10 High Street, Great Wakering, Essex, SS3 OEQ, UK
(2) Laudate – Decani Music Ltd, Oak House, 70 High Street, Brandon, IP27 0AU +44 (0)1842 819830 Registration No 04449220

Below you will find links to PDF documents containing approved music for download



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