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Pope Francis on Sacred Music...

posted Apr 2, 2017, 11:04 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Apr 2, 2017, 11:05 AM ]
On Saturday, March 4, Pope Francis addressed participants in the International Conference on Sacred Music. He referenced an Instruction from the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, or Sacrosanctum Concilium: “Liturgical worship is given a more noble form when it is celebrated in song, with the people participating in it. Indeed, through this form, prayer is expressed in a more attractive way, the mystery of the liturgy is more openly shown, the unity of hearts is more profoundly achieved by the union of voices, minds are more easily raised to heavenly things, and the whole celebration more clearly prefigures that heavenly liturgy which is enacted in the holy city of Jerusalem” (n. 5).

But to achieve the “active and conscious participation” this document calls for, he explains how “a two-fold mission emerges which the Church is called to follow. On the one hand it calls for safeguarding the rich patrimony inherited from the past. On the other hand, it is necessary to ensure that sacred music be fully “inculturated” in the artistic and musical language of the current time; able to translate the Word of God into song, sound and harmony capable of making the hearts of our contemporaries resonate, and stirs openness and full participation in the mystery being celebrated.”

In other words, both traditional and contemporary music have their place in worship, as long as they inspire you to be more reverent, and to sing more...