Teaching Music in the Parish (via the Bulletin)

How excellent to see this initiative at Holy Rosary Cathedral in Vancouver, British Columbia.  The parish bulletin is an excellent resource for teaching the faithful the liturgical arts.  

Rightly these arts are considered to rank among the noblest expressions of human genius.  This judgement applies especially to religious art and to its highest achievement which is sacred art.

Meanwhile, the art of sacred music is the greatest of Christian arts.  Why?  Because music is the quickest channel to the soul.  "The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of immeasurable value, greater even than that of any other art" (cf. SC, 112).  Indeed, liturgical action is given a more noble form when sacred rites are solemnized in song.

The bulletin is a great way to reach people.  I am thrilled with this selection of music - in keeping with the norms and precepts of ecclesiastical tradition and discipline by maintaining the highest standards for the cathedral church as an example to the entire diocese.

The purpose of sacred music is the glory of God and the sanctification of the faithful.  Props to the choir director, rector, clergy, staff, choir members and parishioners for putting the choir and sacred music program first.  I encourage other parishes, especially cathedral churches, to do the same.

"The treasure of sacred music is to be preserved and fostered with very great care.  Choirs must be diligently promoted, especially in cathedral churches...in the Latin Church the pipe organ is to be held in high esteem, for it is the traditional musical instrument, and one that adds a wonderful splendor to the Church's ceremonies and powerfully lifts up man's mind to God and to heavenly things" (cf. SC, 114, 120).

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