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A Path into the Realm of Silence

The Church has long understood the role music plays in man's contemplation of God, and popes have frequently given instruction on the use of music in the Church. The division of labor between the various parts of the Mass provides a distinction and harmony between their respective importance, dignity, and purpose. Also, there should be a harmonious contrast of music and silence, mostly achieved by restricting the use of the organ during penitential seasons. Gregorian Chant is both sublime and simple at the same time. It admits a great practicality, allowing either simple singing or more complex integration with organ or polyphonic accompaniment. The danger of passivity presents itself in the modern era. As music is an art, one must actively make and actively contemplate it.

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