Thursday, August 01, 2013

James MacMillan on Scotland's Inaugural National Music Day

National Music Day 2013, promoted officially by the Archdiocese of Glasgow, will be Musica Sacra Scotland's inaugural conference. The event, on Saturday 9 November, will undoubtedly mark the beginning of an important and exciting process of renewal in Music and Liturgy. Writing in Flourish, Glasgow’s Archdiocesan Newspaper, James Macmillan gives a preview of the conference and its aims:

The Year of Faith, called by our beloved Pope Emeritus Benedict, marks the 50th Anniversary of the Opening of the Second Vatican Council. Music lies at the heart of Pope Benedict’s understanding of divine worship, reflecting the beauty and mystery of Christ made present in the liturgy, the source and summit of the Church’s life.

Benedict’s profound
concern for the liturgy remains ever with us as we follow Pope Francis’ shining example of holiness and bold evangelisation. Francis’ teaching encourages us to act in humble deference to the liturgical norms and rubrics set forth by the Church. His passionate concern for the poor compels us to make the riches of our liturgical patrimony accessible to everyone, putting its life-giving, consoling treasure at the service of all.

The full article will appear in the August edition of Flourish but you can read it in advance on the Choir of St Columba's website. You can register for Musica Sacra Scotland's National Music Day here and you can also join their event page on Facebook.

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