Saturday, July 12, 2008

WYD Video: Praise to the Lord

BATHURST: "Praise to the Lord" Sung to Organ Accompaniment

Just last week, Pope Benedict XVI was saying how the organ has an evangelising role and how it, in its own way it announces the Gospel:

"I have an indelible memory of how -- in the harmony of that wonderful organ, of the choir conducted by Kohlhaufel, and the luminous beauty of the church -- we experienced the joy that comes from God. Not just the 'spark of the gods' of which Schiller speaks, but truly the flame of the Holy Spirit that brought us to feel in our innermost being what we also know from the Gospel of St. John: That he himself is joy. And this joy was communicated to us."

The Pope added how pleased he was that this organ "continues to play and to help people perceive something of the splendor of our faith -- a splendor kindled by the Holy Spirit himself. With it, the organ carries out an evangelizing function, proclaims the Gospel in its own way."

I'm here at the "Days in the Diocese" (9th-14th July, 2008) at Bathurst in Australia, a little over 200 km NW of Sydney, the WYD city. During the morning and evening prayers, I am being treated to the beautiful sound of the Church organ in the Cathedral Church.

I can't wait to share this with all my readers, especially in India, desirous of hearing some organ music.

As Vatican II's constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (no. 120) says, "In the Latin Church the pipe organ is to be held in high esteem, for it is the traditional musical instrument which adds a wonderful splendor to the Church's ceremonies and powerfully lifts up man's mind to God and to higher things."

Here's the video:

The organ used here is not a pipe organ. Nevertheless, it is an organ and my Indian readers, most of whose churches do not have an organ, will be delighted to hear singing accompanied to its sound.

Also check out the video of the Tantum Ergo sung to organ accompaniment.

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