THE CHURCH AT PRAYER

THE CHURCH AT PRAYER

Series drawn from the document Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship (2007).

15. The Church is always at prayer in her ministers and her people, and that prayer takes various forms in her life. Authentic sacred music supports the Church’s prayer by enriching its elements.” Authentic music takes us beyond ourselves, and helps us to unite with others to lift our common voice. In contrast to secular culture’s music, which personalizes our choices sometimes to the point of isolation, communal music joins us together with the person in the pew next to us, to the person who is not very much like us, and to the saints and angels across time. Liturgical Music is a universal expression by which we sacrifice in order to join with the eternal sacrifice of Christ to the Father.