by M. J. Joachim
One of my favorite things about being Catholic is music. Catholics sing everything. We sing hymns, prayers and exaltations. We sing with organs, guitars and accapella. We sing Gregorian chants, contemporary music and rock songs. And we sing in multiple languages, sometimes simultaneously, too.
If you have time, please spend the next hour or so watching this video of a Catholic Mass in Ordinary Time. This is one of the easiest ways to understand the role of music in a Catholic’s life. As is customary, music choices reflect Catholic seasons.
We have special music selections for Advent and Lent, Christmas and Easter, weddings and funerals, along with celebratory sacramental events like first Holy Communion, Confirmation and receiving Holy Orders.
The Mass is an integral part of being Catholic. Music, while probably not required for Mass, is an important part of Catholic culture, one that lightens my heart and gives me a deep sense of peace and joy.
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