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Behold the Dwelling // O Radiant Light // Soul of Christ
People want their Mass to be beautiful. Or maybe they don't - but they should! After all, God invented beauty, and we're worshiping Him, so giving back to Him the beauty that He first gave to us is exceedingly appropriate for Mass. From a musical standpoint, we have tried several different approaches over the years to do this:
These last two characterize the place to which our search
for musical and liturgical beauty has led us. Taize is an ecumenical community
in France, whose worship ceremonies feature packed churches full of singing
people, who repeat endlessly these simple, beautiful chants in four-voice
harmony. Andre Gouzes is a French priest of the Dominican Order, who composes
music colored by the sound of Byzantine chant - hence the term "Gouzentine".
This, too, is a simple and repetitive (though more adventurous than Taiz
) musical approach, sung in four part harmony. These chants get into your
ears and into your heart and it becomes difficult NOT to sing them, and
that's really the point: Our Lord deserves our praise, and our praise
should be inspired and reverent, and, yes, beautiful. We in the campus
choir strive for that beauty which will lift all hearts to God, and we
invite you to sing - either with the choir, or from the congregation.
We do as the psalmist repeatedly suggests - we "Sing to the Lord!" And
we remember the ancient phrase, "he who sings prays twice." May your Masses
be always beautiful, and any time you'd like to join us at St. Paul's
Chapel, we'll be very grateful for your presence, in song, for the Lord.
CCM Music Director