|What is the function of sacred music?
||[Sep. 15th, 2005|12:48 pm]
Music and Spirituality
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.