At some point in my studies of Catholic liturgy, I concluded that you can't really understand liturgy without understanding or being exposed to the music of the Mass — that is, without the music, you miss important information that forms our tradition and faith. The text alone does not provide all. Critical signals and knowledge are embedded in notes and forms of notes. This is lost when we fail to sing what the Church's liturgy asks us to sing. We are missing out on the whole of the liturgical structure and the experience of the faith that liturgy provides.Read the rest, which includes a commentary by William Mahrt on the propers for the First Sunday of Lent.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
The importance of music in Catholic worship
Another excellent (and brief) post by Jeffrey Tucker of the New Liturgical Movement: