Vatican City, Nov 24, 2018 / 06:50 am
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 Saturday 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 Nov. 24.
"Never stop this commitment" to music, he emphasized, "such an important commitment to the life of our communities… In moments of joy and sadness, the Church is called to always be close to people, to offer them the company of faith."
Music has the ability to make a deep impression on moments in people's life, preserving them "as a precious memory that has marked their existence," he noted.