This is a syndicated post from The Chant Café. [Read the original article...]
For many of us, the choral year is about to start again. To all the directors, accompanists, and singers, here’s wishing everyone a year of musical growth and rich spiritual rewards of our hearts’ desire. Thanks to those who, week after week, dedicate time and energy toward preparing the sacred music. Welcome to the newbies, those experienced singers joining a choir, and the veterans of many seasons. With joy and sacrifice, we accomplish a great work of love for God!
This year, let’s sing with hearts decided on loving The Lord and His Church, in a way that is deeply joyful and courageous. Let us be all the more fierce in our resolve, in solidarity with suffering Christians of our times. Sing strong and carry them in all your prayers. Where false religion hides behind masks and cowardly- heinously!- terrorizes the innocents, destroying all in its path, let our True Faith shine brightly, building up the weary, heartening the confused, and pointing all to the Heart of Jesus.
Many would say that we have a small part to play in the drama of our times. But what a glorious task- to praise God, to make Him known! This choral year, may God give us an increase of love, and courage and joy needed to advance the gospel through our work in sacred music. Onward!