Musical Instruments in the Liturgy
- Pope St. Vitalian and
Instrumental Music in the Church:
It is widely alleged that St. Vitalian introduced
the use of the organ into the Western liturgy (in the
year 666, opponents of instruments sometimes add!).
While chronologically plausible, this claim appears to
rest on a very late (possibly XVI Century) tradition;
if anyone knows of an earlier source, we would be interested
in hearing about it.
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