“The singing of the Church comes ultimately out of love. It is the utter depth of love that produces the singing. ‘Cantare amantis est’, says St. Augustine, singing is a lover’s thing. In so saying, we come again to the Trinitarian interpretation of Church music. The Holy Spirit is love, and it is he who produces the singing. He is the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit who draws us into love for Christ and so leads to the Father.” – Pope Benedict XVI
Indeed, singing comes from the very depths of love. With this understanding of singing – that is, singing as a manifestation of love – liturgical music should be regarded as more than just a mere component of the sacred liturgy, but rather as a necessary and integral part of the celebration of the Mass. Music that is beautiful, holy and truthful should enkindle our hearts for love of God. The singing of sacred music is to give glory to God and sanctify ourselves. What better way can we praise God, Our Father than with our voices?
The celebration of the liturgy involves the whole person, mind, body, and spirit. Through the gift of music, it should draw us, both the singer and the listener, ever closer to the divine mysteries of our Faith. If you are interested or consider joining the St. Frances Cabrini Music Ministry, please contact Tim Schneider by email, firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (313) 381-5601 ext. 1047
So let us continue to uphold our cherished and beautiful works of sacred music within our liturgy, for as St. Augustine writes, “He who sings well prays twice, so long as it is from love”.