Sacred music

Benjamin Wiker:

We Catholics believe something so entirely strange that even to utter it among ourselves should bring gasps of astonishment. The crucifixion and resurrection are present in the Mass—not presented again like a morality play, not referred to politely by way of visual metaphor. Here, before our eyes, in this Mass, time is broken into and out of, and we are standing in the presence of the being-crucified Christ. We are as “there” as those for whom it was, two millennia ago, “here and now.” The same is true of the resurrection. The astounding event, like the crucifixion, is, for a moment, no longer reported to us, but witnessed by us—both under a sacramental veil.

Now ask yourself. We have music in our movies that is intended to heighten and deepen the experience of the dramatic scene. What is the music that could accompany the actual crucifixion and resurrection? What musical arrow could, for just a moment, deliver a stab of Joy so sharp as to pierce the sacramental veil, tearing it enough to allow a glimpse of what is really going on before our own eyes at the Mass?

The article is a little bit vague for my liking, but that we’re losing touch with the sacred/secular music divide is something that’s worth calling attention to.

(via Holy Post)

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About Josh W

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