St Cecilia: depicted beneath the High Altar of her church in Rome, prostrate before martyrdom
Today is the Feast of St Cecilia, patron saint of music. God is the author of music; it is the language of the angels; singing is the proper voice for praying Holy Mass. While melody, harmony and rhythm appeal to different levels of our being (spirit, soul and body), again and again Gregorian chant manages to transcend all of these, being from another world.
But as grace builds on nature, it is also true that good music disposes our soul toward higher things. A great example is Felix Mendelssohn's Lauda Sion. Come and here it sung here at St Mary's Shrine by the Warrington Choral Society:
Music of Mendelssohn: 7:30pm, Saturday 26th November.
£10 admission. £7 for over 65s. £5 for students / unwaged. Free for under-16s.
- Kirchenmusik: Ave Maria, Aus tiefer Noth schrei’ ich zu dir,