This is the second article in this series of five.

The most recent document on music published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, “Sing to the Lord; Music in Divine Worship”, offers parishes across the country a resourceful guide to the significance and importance of music in Catholic worship. Article one of the first chapter reads, “God has bestowed upon his people the gift of song. God dwells within each human person, in the place where music takes its source. Indeed, God, the giver of song, is present whenever people sing his praises.” Singing offers humans a more emotional response to a text. How many of you can recite the words of a song without singing the lyrics? Not many, I am sure. Adding music to a text helps us to deeply internalize a text, and in the case of sacred music, a prayer. When children are taught the ABC’s, they learn it to a melody. I bet that many of you do not know that it is the same melody as the lullaby, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”. It is much easier for our brains to absorb material when we attach a common melody to the words. Back to church music – if we sing our prayers, we will begin to internalize their meaning and achieve a higher sense of grace from the Mass. If we sing our prayers together, as we do while at Mass, we force ourselves beyond a personal expression of faith and enter into a new experience of sacred worship. As Jesus said in Matthew 18:20, “where two or three are gathered in my name, I am in their midst”. When we multiply our praises together through song, we enter into the presence of Christ. How wonderful a promise! Still not convinced??? Stay tuned…