How to use music and singing in praying?

The song is one of the most expressive language, communicate our feelings and inner experiences better than many words

Sing badly, but while appears am with Christ Eucharist frequently a melody from the inside. Among the songs I humming from the inside are: “how you pay, o Lord, all the good I’ve done?”, “I know that I am nothing and dust I was born, but you love me and you died for me…”, “Close to you, Lord, I want to be.”

Any movement of the soul is a different edge shade

Choirs that help to better live the mass we have in our communities in Rome. So many times I have read texts of Sacred Scripture while I have questioned. Suddenly I hear the same text sung by a good choir and I’m unexpectedly enjoying the presence of God.

Singing is one of the most expressive language, communicate our feelings and inner experiences better than many words. Melody gives the word a very rich emotional charge. The Psalms were written to be sung. Augustine said: “I feel that these holy words dip my spirit in a most warm devotion when I sing them than when not singing them, because every movement of the soul is a different song or simple voice tinge…”(Confessions, 10.33).

If you’ve seen the movie “Of gods and men” on the martyrs of our Lady of the Atlas will remember the moment in which the community is prayer and suddenly heard a military helicopter approaching threatening to settle on the monastery intended to intimidate them. Under the powerful sound of the helicopter, the monks of the community stand, embrace and harder even gets to sing in front of Christ Eucharist:

Oh, father of light, eternal light and source of all light. You light up on the threshold of the night with the glow from your face. The shadows to Ti are not shadows. For Ti, the night is clear as day. It allows our prayers rise to you as our hands and incense as dawn offered.

As Monsignor Frisina said in the interview published on April 22, 2012 by Melbourne DJ¬†hire, “music is a great tool, since it communicates what the words can not say or Express. This touches the soul at the point where it meets the unconscious, memories, thought, even to the unseen that we carry inside, and the musical notes can bring out. In music, there is also a structure, harmony, that help the understanding of an idea. This occurs especially in the great authors such as Bach and Palestrina, in whose works have a wonderful order, voices that are followed, intertwine, remaining however, different on a higher harmony which unites them. Therefore, it is a pleasure to spiritual extraordinary that reveals also the harmony of a concept…”

Vibrate in harmony

For this reason, the liturgy of the Church promotes the sacred music as a form of prayer and an environment that contributes to evoke the mystery celebrated. Intuitively it helps you get in touch with God and discover yourself in his presence.

With the song, “prayer adopts a more penetrating expression, the mystery of the liturgy manifests itself most clearly” (5 MS). But “should not be considered in the liturgy of the hours as a certain ornament which is added to the prayer as something extrinsic, but rather as something that arises from the depths of the spirit that pray and praise God…”(IGLH 270).

Perhaps the same musicians who most take advantage of it are: “the musician is who is there to listen and find inspiration from things, people, events, beautiful texts, the word of God, in a world made up of emotions and intuitions.” (Monsignor Frisina)

But not only the musicians pray with their music, or only serves the music for prayer in the liturgical prayer, but that any of us can pray singing (in a manner audible or silent) in personal prayer. The song serves to speak to God and to love God’s Word and truths of our faith, serves to put words and express our spiritual experience with affection.

In the words of St. Athanasius: “therefore the Lord, wishing that the melody of words was the symbol of the spiritual harmony in the soul, did sing Psalms melodious, modulated and musically. This is precisely the longing of the soul, vibrating in harmony, as it is written: one of you is happy, sing! (St 5.13). So salmodiando, it calms in it has been confusing, rough or disorganized and singing cure to sadness: are you my sad soul, me you why mobs? (41, 6.12 and 42.5 salt); admit your mistake, confessing: almost slipped my footsteps (salt 72.2); and in the fear strengthen hope: the Lord is with me: do not fear; What can man do to me? (Salt 117.6)”

The Psalms teach us to convert everyday in prayer.

The psalmist sings when he is happy, he sings when he is sad, he sings when he is afraid, sings when it falls, sings in anguish, sings in the morning and in the evening, all singing it… and leads the hand so we also learn to do it. And it is that there are feelings that we do not find words to express.

Augustine advised:

“Do not worry by the words, as if they were able to express what God delights. Sings joyfully. This is the song that is pleasing to God, which is made with joy. Do you mean to sing with glee? To realize that we can not put into words what feels like the heart.Indeed, those who sing, either in harvest, already in vintage or any other intensive work, they begin to sing with words that express their joy, but then is so great that it invades them, to not be able to express it with words, they dispense with them and end up in a simple sound of joy.

Joy is a sound indicating the inability to express the feelings of the heart. And this way of singing is best suited when it comes to the ineffable God. Because, if it is ineffable, it can not be translated in words. And, if you can not put it into words, and, on the other hand, is not lawful I shut up, the only thing you can do is sing with joy. In this way, the heart rejoices without words and the immensity of the joy is not limited by a few words.Sing with mastery and joy.”

In practice, how to use the song in the sentence?

Rather than take a text of the Gospel or a spiritual author as starting point for meditation, you can take a song and like it in the presence of God, making own affections that seeks to communicate. Or by the reverse route, you can become aware of the affects that fill your mind and your heart and remember a suitable song to get them up to the Lord. If you are familiar with the Psalms, you’ll see that more and more easily, the Holy Spirit will put on your lips Psalm suitable for every occasion.

I remember that when the Pope Juan Pablo II commented on Psalm 42 on January 16, 2002 (“as the cierva looks for streams of water, so my soul wants you to you my God”) acknowledged that it would be useful to meditate with the background music of Gregorian chant or the great polyphonic composition Sicut cervus Palestrina Pierluigi.

When I have opportunity to join others in your meditation during prayer workshops, sometimes help a song to encourage affection or listening in prayer. For example which are listening while you read this article.

Apart from the musical melody echoes the deep melody of the heart:

“Each thing or person has a music, because God gave each creature with its own sound.The man, who is the image and likeness of God, have a perception of this music in the universe, as Psalm 18 says: “the heavens have the glory of God, there is a Word from which the sound is not heard”. (Mons.Frisina)

And that is what God expects that we sing as best as possible to join the choirs of angels in eternal life.

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