November 19, 2012

Sacred music can bolster people’s faith and help lapsed Catholics rediscover the beauty of God, Pope Benedict said Nov. 10.

“Music and singing that are done well can help (people) receive the word of God and be moved in a positive way,” the pope told participants attending a conference sponsored by the Italian St. Cecilia Association.

Because of their important role in new evangelization, he urged Church musicians to dedicate themselves “to improving the quality of liturgical song, without being afraid of reviving or emphasizing the great musical tradition of the Church, which has two of its highest expressions in Gregorian and polyphony.”

Sacred music “is not an accessory or embellishment of the liturgy, but is the liturgy itself.”