In April, the Liturgy Office and archdiocesan Liturgical Music Commission published an updated set of guidelines for the installation and maintenance of pipe organs. Next to the church building itself, a pipe organ is often one of a parish’s most valuable assets and the preeminent liturgical appointment in its patrimony. When properly maintained, these instruments will give decades of faithful and reliable service to a parish community. 

The newly revised and expanded document is intended to offer helpful guidance to pastors and parish musicians on a number of issues, including: the mechanics (action) of various types of pipe organs, purchasing a new instrument, whether to repair or replace an aging instrument, preparing an annual budget for organ maintenance, and the use of electronic instruments in lieu of a pipe organ. 

The revised guidelines may be accessed and downloaded at the Liturgy Office website. Parishes are also encouraged to contact the Office of Liturgy or members of the archdiocesan Liturgical Music Commission with questions or when seeking assistance with organ-related questions.