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Week of May 26, 2008
Music and art join earth to heaven
Christian art reflects beauty of God - pope
By CAROL GLATZ
"Cathedrals are not medieval monuments, but houses of life."
- Pope Benedict
He said this patron saint of Church singers shows how powerful “symbolic communication” is when it “joins earth to heaven” in the liturgy and “uses imagery, poetry and song to lift our minds to God’s truth.”
Byzantine icons “are not things from the past,” but still “speak to the hearts of believers today,” the pope said.
“Cathedrals are not medieval monuments, but houses of life where we are at home encountering God, meeting one another,” he said.
“Great music” like that created by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the composers of Gregorian chant, the pope said, is not a thing of the past, but lives on “in the vitality of the liturgy of our faith.”
The pope said creativity and innovation that bring in a new Christian culture do not discard Christianity’s cultural past, but are part of the same, continuous heritage and represent “one single reality.”
“The beauty of God, the joy of being a child of God are present” in all Christian-inspired art, both traditional and modern.
The pope said if one’s faith is alive then Christian culture will always be renewed and the faithful will be able to do as one psalmist implores: “Sing to the Lord a new song.”
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