Therefore, we, too, extol
you with all the Angels,
as in joyful celebration we
acclaim: Holy, holy, holy....
Choir of Angels ~ Hans
Memling (c. 1433-1494, Netherlands)
“Liturgical action is given a more noble form when sacred
rites are solemnized in song, with the assistance of sacred ministers and the
active participation of the people.... Choirs must be diligently promoted, but
bishops and other pastors must ensure that, whenever the sacred action is to be
celebrated with song, the whole body of the faithful may be able to contribute
that active participation which is rightfully theirs.... Gregorian chant, other
things being equal, should be given pride of place in liturgical services. But
other kinds of sacred music, especially polyphony, are by no means excluded....
Religious singing by the people is to be skillfully
fostered, so that in devotions and sacred exercises, as also during liturgical
services, the voices of the faithful may ring out” (Constitution on
the Liturgy, 112-118).
Martyr ~ Rome
Approx 90-117 AD
Patron of Musicians, Sacred Music
Feast Day – Nov 22
"Words cannot express the things that are sung by
the heart ... And if so happy that words can no longer express
what they feel,
people discard the restricting syllables.
They burst out into a
simple sound of joy, of jubilation.'"
Well said, St.
to the LORD, O you His saints,
and give thanks to His holy Name. ~ Psalm 30:4
St Cecilia, pray for us!