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What is the function of sacred music? [Sep. 15th, 2005|12:48 pm]
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What is the function of sacred music? If you believe that sacred music is a vehicle to enhance the spoken word, you may hold that it is a form of preaching. Others say that “music expresses that which is otherwise inexpressible,” and consider it a way to express ourselves; for others, it is a way to express God, through the “beauty of holiness.” Sacred music functions on many levels of awareness: the intellectual, the emotional, and in ways for which there are no words, to parts of our soul beyond the reach of our conscious mind.

Sacred music, furthermore, sounds different from popular music, and even from classical concert music, because it has an entirely different function. It’s not primarily intended as entertainment; sacred music is a form of prayer, and just as the language of prayer is different from the language of entertainment, polyphony is different from pop music, or even concert music. In every religion, it is known that sacred music opens a door, enabling us to touch the central depth of our humanness, and to know the presence of the Holy.

[User Picture]From: fubuki_fan
2006-03-17 07:28 pm (UTC)


Others say that “music expresses the inexpressible

Hello again
but if its inexpressable how then can it be expressed? Perhaps what they mean is that they can't find words to describe it at that moment. I used to find that too but when I pushed myself to explore my own & other peoples spiritual experiences, I found many books on the subject which helped me to express some of those emotions and others I've yet to have(hopefully) ;)
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[User Picture]From: dream_singer
2006-07-06 12:11 pm (UTC)

Re: Inexpressable?!

I suppose it could more accurately be said, "expresses that which is otherwise inexpressible."
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[User Picture]From: fubuki_fan
2006-03-17 07:31 pm (UTC)
Also all music expresses what humans exprience - emotions. "Sacred" music just expresses some very special emotions. :)
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[User Picture]From: tumbani
2006-12-16 10:03 am (UTC)
if you term sacred music as 'inexpressibly' holy then you can not answer questions like-what is the appeal of sacred music to an atheist? firstly it's music of profound sensibilities, then the spiritual context of 'expressing God' comes in as a source of inspiration.
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