The primary purpose of good music at Mass is to allow people to praise and worship God. Beyond that, music creates an environment of peace, prayer, community and engagement. Pope Benedict XVI provided three basic criteria for music: it is related to God’s word and saving action, it lifts the human heart toward God, and it unites the individual with the larger community.
Now, different people will have different tastes and preferences when it comes to liturgical music, but they will all have one thing in common: they don’t like bad music. What is bad music? It is poorly performed, distracting, inappropriate — or perhaps all of these.
Whether your parish is doing traditional hymns, modern praise and worship music or Gregorian chant, the resources below are meant to help you make music amazing, and to enhance the Mass and the Sunday experience.
Lord I Need You – World Youth Day (WYD) Rio 2013 Adoration Vigil