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Witness!

posted Sep 1, 2017, 8:55 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Sep 1, 2017, 8:55 AM ]
Each week on Page 3 of our bulletin is a brief insert called “Liturgical Bits & Bytes” which explains some aspect of worship; catechizing us about the liturgy and increasing our understanding and participation. A few weeks ago it was about “Witnessing” and it said:

“As we participate in the prayers, songs, acclamations, and responses, we witness to our faith and thereby strengthen the faith of those around us. Most notable is the profession of faith, the Creed. This should be recited in full voice and conviction as a witness to others. Hearty singing of the Gloria and Eucharistic acclamations is also a strong witness, as is any whole-hearted participation in the prayers and songs.”

The Catholic Dictionary defines “witness” as “the idea of a religious experience to which a believer testifies by his life, words, and actions, and thus gives inspiration and example to others by his testimony. Implicit in Christian witness is also the element of courage in giving testimony, either because others are not favorably disposed or because they are openly hostile to the message of faith being proposed.”

In a homily he gave in 2014, Pope Francis said, “Christianity is not a school of ideas or a collection of beautiful temples and lovely art; it is a living people who follow Jesus and give witness to him.”

The two most important elements of giving witness seem to be conviction and courage. If you’re having trouble singing with these, stop focusing on the intellectual struggle about your “singing”. Clear the air of negative feelings. Overcome your fear of vulnerability by engrossing your thought and energy in the prayer being sung. Work on expressing the emotional mode of that prayer, instead of merely mumbling along. And remember that creating silence is as important as creating sounds.

Sing, and speak, with confidence and courage. Witness!