Sacred music does not return to God without accomplishing what He pleases

12/04/2020

Sacred music does not return to God without accomplishing what He pleases

Those who seriously and sincerely serve sacred music quickly understand that it travels on its own. One is a spectator of what it was sent for.

Those who compose are astonished for what they have written: They feel like it is the work of another person, more capable than them.

Those who perform feel uplifted, dragged powerfully; They are surprised when they hear themselves again.

Those who listen are captured by the music, or at least pacified, made silent, because, when sacred music stops, there is a great silence.

This happens even when the performance is not perfect; indeed, it almost always happens to be imperfect.

Sacred musicians are forced to accept musical imperfection; They suffer a lot. They compose easy pieces, realistically performable. They lower their aspirations. They give up the fashion of the moment to focus on what makes you pray, on what can be performed.

The choristers as well reluctantly give up difficult pieces. Maybe they spread among the Congregation, to help everyone to pray, to help all to sing in full voice, with a burning heart, perhaps with some notes outside the line.

The Angels make up for the gaps in sacred music. Sacred chant vibrates in the mystery, in the strength, in the solemnity, in the humanity, in the warmth, in the sweetness, in the joy of the Word made prayer. Of the Chant that obtains Grace.

Armando Pierucci e Véronique Nebel  

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. For just as rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return without watering the earth, making it bud and sprout, and providing seed to sow and food to eat, so My word that proceeds from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please, and it will prosper where I send it.…”

Isaiah 55:10

 

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