POPE BENEDICT XVI
The importance of music in biblical religion is shown very simply by the fact that the verb
"to sing" (with related words such as "song", and so forth) is one of the most commonly used words in the Bible. It occurs 309 times in the Old Testament and 36 in the New.
Why is Music so important in the Roman Catholic Mass?
For Mr. Niko Miguel
Music is an essential part of the Mass. How so? Because it helps to deliver our prayers, petitions, and the word of God through music; hence, it helps with our worship. The Catholic Mass doesn’t just talk about the Scriptures; it’s also a Sacrifice which requires reverence, focus, and sacredness. The actual presence of the Lord is there during the mass when the Priest elevates the Host or the Chalice of the most Precious Blood. During the Mass, we praise the Lord through music which people can engage through a method called Congregational Singing. That brings everyone together in song. There is also Solemn Organ Music for prayer and meditation.
“speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord”
Appropriate Music Pieces
Secular music such as Il Divo, Madonna, Frank Sinatra, etc., should not be allowed to be played or sung during mass, either for a funeral or a wedding. Every song that is sung and played in church follows the contexts and the meaning of the readings and the sacrament that is being celebrated.
As Mr. Niko Miguel comment on his blog:
It is not appropriate to be singing songs like John Lennon’s “Imagine” which apparently according to a friend of mine, they were going to use for a Funeral View Mass at Church. There is a difference between “Secular” and “Sacred” Music. Though from my own personal perspective, the differences between
Secular and Sacred is that in Secular theme songs, it has no mention of Religious Influence. It’s created more to celebrate with and not to be used to focus. The Mass is a place to focus on the Sacrifice. Not to be partying and distracting ourselves from it. The video below can help inform people of the differences.
To conclude my message, what I am trying to preach out towards people is that only certain music can be permitted during Mass. This includes even the Instruments as well. To concentrate throughout the Mass with music without disturbing reverence, it needs a certain type of music. And that is SACRED MUSIC! With the Glory of God and the influence and power of our Lord Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit, we can ensure that we as Catholics help to ensure that Music in Mass remains sacred.
Niko Miguel is a Liturgical Music follower, born in Toronto, who loves, Organ, Church and wants to be an On-Air Personality.
May God bless you all,
Rev. Fernando A. Lopez