"The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this preeminence is that, as sacred song closely bound to the text, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy."
Sacrosanctum Concilium, 112.
Music plays a central role in our Catholic worship. For us, liturgy and music go hand-in-hand. Beautiful, noble and simple music serves to enrich our liturgical celebrations and draws us ever more deeply into the Paschal Mystery, that is, the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
(He Puna Hīmene mō Aotearoa, Directory of Liturgical Music for Aotearoa New Zealand)