When you have the correct view of active participation… Fr. Z

Posted on July 17, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

When you have the correct view of active participation as being first and foremost interior receptivity to what is being offered by the Actor of the sacred action, your choices in sacred music follow suit.

The idea of “utility music”, or music having a utilitarian function in liturgy is contrary the the nature of liturgical action and active participation in the deepest sense. Sacred music cannot be seen as merely “useful”, as in useful to get people sing, get people involved. Sacred music is really prayer. It is pars integrans, an integral and integrating part of liturgy. It is liturgy. When you have the correct view of active participation as being first and foremost interior receptivity to what is being offered by the Actor of the sacred action, your choices in sacred music follow suit. For this reason, I wouldn’t be surprised if eventually we don’t see – rather hear – changes in the direction of the Sistine Chapel choir.

-Fr. Z

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