Novena for the Church – Day Four
For The Gift of Sacred Music
How grateful we are for the gift of the Catholic faith. Help us, we pray to recognize, no matter how tattered or torn the world may become, nor how broken we find the faithful, the Church you created to unify us will also persevere. Father, we beg for the grace not only for ourselves but for all, to have eyes to see and ears to hear the beauty and hope the Catholic Faith has to offer.
Today, we pray for a better appreciation for the Sacred Music of the Catholic Church. We pray for ears to truly hear the words or notes that have within them graces to draw us into a deeper place of prayer and contemplation. In music exists a beauty surpassed only by that which comes from your angels. Lord, help the Church to incorporate Sacred Music into our Liturgies, personal prayer, and collective praise!
(Include Your Intentions Here)
Offer One Each: Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
Sacred Music: HOW SACRED MUSIC CAN MOVE SOULS TO LOVE (St. Cecilia Special)
A Snippet of Cecilia’s Sacred Music Post:
What is Sacred Music?
Very simply, music is the art and science of sound. Throughout time, music has been defined as one of the most important fields of academia. Music has been classified as one of the arts of the medieval quadrivium, along with arithmetic, geometry, and astronomy. The Catholic Church has named it “The Greatest of the Sacred Arts” because of its ability, even more than visual art, to evoke transcendence. (A definition by Diocese of Sioux Falls)
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art.” It is not the ordinary, not the every-day. It is set aside for the purpose of glorifying God and edifying and sanctifying the faithful!