The Art of Music

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A response to: Theology’s Visual Side

When one reads this article I believe you could easily replace the words “icon/iconography” with “liturgical music” and the same principles should apply. The principles described in this article are so often lacking when it comes to the arrangement and visual side of the interiors of many of our newly built churches and the rearrangement of our older churches.

Iconography and liturgical music should aid in the configuring of our minds and dispositions toward Christ, not toward ourselves. Some modern “religious art” and “liturgical music” is often so overwrought with personal expression that the sense of the person of Christ is obfuscated and the personality of the composer of music or the artist is exalted to the point that the sense of Christ’s presence is diminished. Good iconography and liturgical music does not make Christ more present, but it certainly does make us more attuned to his presence with hearts more open to his graces.

Ruben Soto

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