Jul 30, 2017
St. Augustine recounts in his autobiography, Confessions, an experience he had during the singing of the Mass: “How I wept when I heard your hymns and canticles, being deeply moved by the sweet singing of your Church! Those voices flowed into my ears, truth filtered into my heart, and from my heart surged waves of devotion. Tears ran down, and I was happy in my tears.”
How can this conversion experience of one of our greatest saints be explained? The catechism of the Catholic Church (1157) makes a direct reference to St. Augustine’s experience when it teaches that the music and song of the liturgy “participate in the purpose of the liturgical words and actions: the glory of God and the sanctification of the faithful.”
The mass is a song that is meant to be sung . . . from the Kyrie Eleison, Gloria, and Psalms, to the Lamb of God . . . we have what is called sung speech.
Our sacred music music binds us together. It reaches everyone and is a great unifier as we come together as the mystical body of Christ. How beautiful is the sound of our love for Christ, present, in the host we are about to receive.
Down through the ages the church has preserved the “heavenly, soul lifting” experience with Gregorian chant and many religious hymns such as “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art.” Our own hearts are overcome by the mercy and beauty God showers upon us.
Please sing during the Mass as “singing is praying twice.” Take part 100% in this most beautiful worship of the Lord. Better yet come and sing in the choir won’t you?