Have you ever attended a Sunday mass or religious celebration and wondered why music and singing play such an integral role? Music has always been very important in liturgy because it has the ability to foster and strengthen the spiritual experience for all those involved. Read on to discover the immeasurable importance of music in liturgy.
- Music promotes unity. Music facilitates unity in a community of worshipers— not just among the congregation, but also between parishioners and God.
- Music imparts spiritual truth. Music evokes a personal response from us and allows us to enhance our personal relationship with God. It provides another element of meaning and emotion that words simply cannot evoke. With music, you can communicate with God and praise his name with the utmost passion and love.
- Music is an expression of love and joy. Music enables you to rejoice in God’s name and give thanks for all your blessings. As said by St. Paul in Colossians 3:16, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly… singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.”
- Music is a sacred tradition. “Sing” and other variations of the word are the most frequently used words in the Bible. It is present 309 times in the Old Testament and 36 times in the New Testament.
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