I opined yesterday that the homily I heard at the National Cathedral missed the golden opportunity to preach about music to some young people who have given their whole selves to the task.
Father Andrew Mead, the Rector at Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York made no such mistake.
The great events of the Gospel are attested by song and music. The births of John the Baptist and Christ are surrounded by canticles by the parents and burst of praise from the angels. The apostolic writings about the Lord’s incarnation, death and resurrection, from John to Paul, break forth constantly into hymns. But most significantly, Jesus himself, having had his Last Supper with the disciples, having instituted Holy Communion, having been betrayed, before he went to his Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, sang a hymn with his friends. Music was at the very center of our salvation. Our Lord died with fragments of the Psalms on his lips: into thy hands I commend my spirit.
"Music Everywhere." A sermon preached by Fr. Andrew Mead at St. Thomas, Fifth Avenue. 4 August 2013.
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