The Song That I Am: On the Mystery of Music (Monastic Wisdom Series)

The track that i'm: at the secret of song is a brief yet full-to-the-brim essay at the decisive position that groovy track (whether Bach, Tavener, or Gregorian chant) should play within the religious lifestyles. With admirable restraint Élisabeth-Paule Labat  stocks her interior experience of music and thus always opens up clean vistas via worlds of sound and spirit.  together with her uncanny reward of language, Labat accurately describes soundings and yearnings of the soul that many folks glimpse fleetingly. simply because "only the sweetheart sings" (St. Augustine), her ultimate illumination is that the event of profound song should remodel us into the sweetness that we hear.

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On the finish of the town of God, Saint Augustine units out to provide us a few notion of the beatitude of the select. He searches for phrases and turns out to stammer, discovering human language fairly insufficient to translate that which exceeds all inspiration. ultimately he indicates us, in an summary of admirable development, the imaginative and prescient attained on the center of repose, the affection that flows from the imaginative and prescient, and the compliment that's the fruit of this imaginative and prescient and love. Its sound is ceaselessly, at the same time the imaginative and prescient and the affection are never-ending: Ibi vacabimus et videbimus, videbimus et amabimus, amabimus et laudabimus. Ecce quod erit in nice, sine superb [“There, we will be absolutely at rest and we will see, we will see and we will love, we will love and we will compliment. this is often what is going to be after all, with out end”] (XXII. 30). what's going to this compliment consist in? We may perhaps think that melodies and harmonies hitherto incredible for his or her intoxicating good looks will resound on the center of the City-Spouse, amid the symbolic sparkle of gold, crystal, and priceless stones bathed within the singular mild of God and of the Lamb. We could anticipate song attuned to the holiness of those wonders as we evoke the Jerusalem above, our mom, within the pleasure of her finished childbearing and of her victory, Plena modulis in laude et canore iubilo [“full of melodies, in compliment and pleased song”] (Lauds hymn for the commitment of a Church). This heavenly song would certainly be endowed with limitless power for responding absolutely to the liturgical exhortation: “Dare to compliment him up to you could, for he's past all compliment and you'll by no means have a good time him adequate” (Lauda Sion). allow us to battle through the ebook of the Apocalypse and try and comprehend extra totally how this homage of compliment might be paid, collecting info of the heavenly liturgy, which, at the different part of the veil, is heavily united to the liturgy on the earth, as though to teach us how a ways eternity is already found in time, and the way time is suspended in eternity. to start with, we see the angels: those that preside over the unfolding of time and people who are appointed to supervise the forces of nature, being therefore confirmed in nearer cohesion with the realm and the Church. Accompanying themselves on zithers, they sing the recent tune of mankind redeemed, whereas hundreds of thousands of alternative angels upload to their compliment by means of echoing their voices. every thing culminates in an “Amen. ” Then the angels who encompass the throne of God prostrate themselves in silent adoration (5:8-14). extra on, in a liturgical surroundings no much less grand, we pay attention the “new track” of these who're natural, the single hundred and forty-four thousand whose voice resembles nice waters and peals of thunder followed via harps (14:2-4). Then the conquerors of evil look, likewise outfitted with zithers and harps, upon a sea that's transparent as crystal and gleaming like hearth. They sing the canticle of the outdated and the recent legislations, the canticle of Moses and that of the Lamb, to proclaim the exalted works of the Almighty, the justice of his methods, and the successful holiness and goodness of the everlasting King (15:2-5).

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