One of the biggest struggles I have as a musician is hearing my own Catholic brothers and sister bicker about what music should be played at mass. ” I only listen to traditional music, Gregorian Chant, It’s to Contemporary” HEY I LOVE ALL THESE TYPES OF MUSIC TOO! Then whats the deal, why do so many people “Catholics” put down Contemporary Catholic/Christian music. I hear “It’s to simple, its the same three chords, it says Jesus over and over to many times” What if for one Sunday, we let that go and actually participate and SING FOR THE LORD. It’s a challenge leading music and truly the goal of the musician is to lead people in worship, not sing complicated hymns that are too high that all you here s the choir, we loose the purpose of “Full Active Participation”
1. God has bestowed upon his people the gift of song. God dwells within each human
person, in the place where music takes its source. Indeed, God, the giver of song, is present
whenever his people sing his praises.2
2. A cry from deep within our being, music is a way for God to lead us to the realm of
higher things.3 As St. Augustine says, “Singing is for the one who loves.”4 Music is therefore a
sign of God’s love for us and of our love for him. In this sense, it is very personal. But unless
music sounds, it is not music, and whenever it sounds, it is accessible to others. By its very
nature song has both an individual and a communal dimension. Thus, it is no wonder that singing
together in church expresses so well the sacramental presence of God to his people.
I apologize if I sound a little upset or annoyed. It’s tough being a musician who loves Praising God and on the other hand, no one else gets it. Over the years I’ve learned that in everything I do, whether it be an event, leading music at mass,or putting on a youth night , I must do it to the best of my ability and quality. It’s always been about quality for me. I’m not up there doing the Adrian Flores show, I’m up there to sing fo rGod and to hopefully lead other closer to the Lord through worship.
Jesus and his apostles sang a hymn before their journey to the Mount of Olives.9 St.
Paul instructed the Ephesians to “[address] one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing and playing to the Lord in your hearts.”10 He sang with Silas in captivity.11 The letter of
St. James asks, “Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone in good spirits? He
should sing praise.”12
So I really want to keep this short, I want to pray for understanding. I think God wants us all to sing his praises, he wants us not to be afraid to uplift his name no matter what music is being played. But for musicians out there, its our duty to bring lead people in worship and most of all, not to be distracting. Its not about us, its about Christ and that must be reflected in the music we sing at mass.
Obedient to Christ and to the Church, we gather in liturgical assembly, week after
week. As our predecessors did, we find ourselves “singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs
with gratitude in [our] hearts to God.”13 This common, sung expression of faith within liturgical
celebrations strengthens our faith when it grows weak and draws us into the divinely inspired
voice of the Church at prayer. Faith grows when it is well expressed in celebration. Good
celebrations can foster and nourish faith. Poor celebrations may weaken it. Good music “make[s]
the liturgical prayers of the Christian community more alive and fervent so that everyone can
praise and beseech the Triune God more powerfully, more intently and more effectively.”
So I want to encourage everyone Catholic and Non- Catholic, sing God’s praise, be reverent, encourage your musicians, participate, don’t just sit there and complain how bad the music is or “I just grew up singing this music, so that’s all i’m going to sing “Wrong Attitude”
Our participation in the Liturgy is challenging. Sometimes, our voices do not
correspond to the convictions of our hearts. At other times, we are distracted or preoccupied by
the cares of the world. But Christ always invites us to enter into song, to rise above our own
preoccupations, and to give our entire selves to the hymn of his Paschal Sacrifice for the honor
and glory of the Most Blessed Trinity.
– Once again, I apologize for any bad grammar.