The beautiful liturgies of Holy Week and Easter have provided an opportunity to listen to some of the greatest and most joyous hymns ever composed and to reflect on the way these hymns can lift the soul. What a blessing it is that we have talented musicians to perform it so well. There have been several experiences that have made me reflect on the importance of music in the life of the Church and in my own life.
On Palm Sunday our family attended the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. Agnes. The Mass is a moving experience to read the account first of the entrance into Jerusalem and then the Passion narrative. The children's choir did a beautiful job as always and it is wonderful to hear the young voices sing some of our most precious hymns. But the musical show stopper is the post-communion meditation sung by Michael Vaughan, a tremendous cantor. I learned after Mass from Father Jack Graham that some former parishioners travel back from Maryland to Arlington for the Palm Sunday Mass because of the beautiful music and Michael's solo that adds so much to the beginning of Holy Week. For them, and for all of us present, it is truly music that lifts the soul.