Skip to comments.How One Parish Draws People to God - Through Beauty
Posted on 10/22/2012 3:44:39 AM PDT by markomalley
This weekend I had the pleasure of attending a performance of Mozart's Requiem, performed at our church, St. William in central Texas, as part of the parish's ongoing sacred music series.
The event featured an orchestra, a choir of more than 50 people (including two of our parish priests!), four internationally-known soloists, and it was conducted by our own music director, Dr. Gerardo Ramos (you can view a PDF of the concert program here). Also, it was not for parishioners or other Catholics only: It was specifically noted in the advertisements that all were welcome to attend.
As the concert began, and this stirring music filled the nave, it felt like something important was happening. It felt like this church was giving the world something that it had almost lost, and desperately needs.
The printed program offered the words to each movement both in Latin and in English. It was amazing how the sounds of the music made the words the choir belted out so much more powerful, how many divine truths jumped off of the page and pierced the soul when told in this format, in this setting.
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Save the Liturgy, save the world, as Father Z says. Decent and reverent liturgical music, including more decent hymns and even gregorian chant propers once in a while would not go amiss. Improving the liturgy is one of the most important elements of the New Evangelization, along with sound catechesis.
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