A conference on music 'that natures whole human persons'
Michael O. Garvey -- September 20, 2012
“From the very beginning, liturgy and music have been quite closely related,” said Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. “Mere words do not suffice when man praises God. Discourse with God goes beyond the boundaries of human speech. Hence by its very nature the liturgy has everywhere called upon the help of music, of singing, and of the voices of creation in the sounds of instruments. The praise of God, after all, does not involve only man. To worship God means to join in that of which all creatures speak.”
Choir rehearsal for Masters of Sacred Music students.
That was some 30 years ago, as the future Pope Benedict XVI addressed a conference of musicians gathered in Rome, but he may as well have been addressing the more than 100 musicians gathered last week on the campus of the University of Notre Dame for its inaugural Sacred Music Conference.
The conference, titled “James MacMillan and the Musical Modes of Mary and the Cross,” was organized by Margot Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy; and Carmen-Helena Téllez, professor of music at Notre Dame, to coincide with the celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, the patronal feast and 175th anniversary of the founding of the Congregation of Holy Cross.