Full, Conscious, and Active Participation

“Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that full, conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy, and to which the Christian people, “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a redeemed people” (1 Pet. 2:9, 4-5) have a […]

Aquinas on Music

“Nothing touches the soul like music.” – St. Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on the Gospel of St. Matthew

On Notation

“Notation, far from being the final goal of music is not even a part of it.” – Aristoxenes

The Heart of God

“Learn to Know the Heart of God in the Word of God.” – St. Gregory the Great

Sing with the Spirit

“I will Sing with the Spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.” – ( 1 Cor. 14:15)

Mere Speech Is Not Enough

“When man comes into contact with God, mere speech is not enough!” Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Benedict XVI The Spirit of the Liturgy

William Byrd on Sacred Text

“There is a certain hidden power, as I learnt by experience, in the thoughts underlying the words themselves; so that, as one meditates upon the sacred words and constantly and seriously considers them, the right notes, in some inexplicable manner, suggest themselves quite spontaneously.” – William Byrd