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Pope Francis Speaks to Importance of Sacred Music in Liturgy at Conference

Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News)—Liturgical and sacred music can be a powerful instrument of evangelization, because it gives people a glimpse of the beauty of heaven, Pope Francis said November 24 at an international meeting of choirs.

“Your music and your song are a true instrument of evangelization insofar as you witness to the profoundness of the Word of God that touches the hearts of people, and allow a celebration of the sacraments, especially of the Holy Eucharist, which makes one sense the beauty of Paradise,” the pope said.

Pope Francis spoke in a meeting with over 8,000 singers and musicians from around the world, who attended an international meeting of choirs at the Vatican, November 23-25.

The pope encouraged musicians and singers to study and prepare so that they can accompany the liturgy well, and not be tempted to draw attention to themselves: “Please, do not be a ‘prima donna!’” he said.

Liturgical musicians, he said, should be “animators of the song of the whole assembly,” not replace it.

“Through these musical compositions and songs,” he said, “voice is also given to prayer and in this way a real international choir is formed, where in unison the praise and glory rises to the Father of all from his people.”

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