Today we celebrate the patroness of musicians and are reminded once more of the special place that our church has always accorded to music, and in particular to song and chant.
While we may refer to what birds to as singing, it is not. It is technically a whistle. To sing is to combine two of God's great gifts, music and spoken language. And there is a power in this combination to move our very soul, to joy and to tears.
One of the most tragic losses in our liturgy is the loss of singing which seems in many places to have been relegated to the choir. This Sunday we begin a new liturgical cycle let us pray that through the intercession of St. Cecilia our churches may be filled with the sound of the people raising their voices in praise of God.