Sing joyfully to God our strength;
shout in triumph to the God of Jacob!
Take up a melody, sound the timbrel,
the sweet-sounding lyre and harp.
Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
at the full moon, on our solemn feast.
Music Serves the Expression of Faith
Among the many signs and symbols used by the Church to celebrate its faith, music is of preeminent importance. 'As sacred song united to words it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy.' Yet the function of music is ministerial; it must serve and never dominate. Music should assist the assembled believers to express and share the gift of faith that is within them and to nourish and strengthen their interior commitment of faith. It should heighten the texts so that they speak more fully and more effectively. The quality of joy and enthusiasm which music adds to community worship cannot be gained in any other way. It imparts a sense of unity to the congregation and sets the appropriate tone for a particular celebration. (Music in Catholic Worship, #23)
In addition to expressing texts, music can also unveil a dimension of meaning and feeling, a communication of ideas and intuitions, which words alone cannot yield. This dimension is integral to the human personality and to growth in faith. It cannot be ignored if the signs of worship are to speak to the whole person. Ideally, every communal celebration of faith, including funerals and the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, penance, anointing, and matrimony, should include music and singing. Where it is possible to celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours in a community, it, too, should include music. #24
Regarding the gift of musicians, Pope John Paul II wrote in his beautiful Letter to Artists: “How many sacred works have been composed through the centuries by people deeply imbued with the sense of the mystery! The faith of countless believers has been nourished by melodies flowing from the hearts of other believers, either introduced into the liturgy or used as an aid to dignified worship. In song, faith is experienced as vibrant joy, love, and confident expectation of the saving intervention of God.”
For information about our Music Ministry, please contact David Cochrane, Director of Music.