March 3, 2013

I totally disagree with Brian Spiers ("Sunday Mass changes unpleasant, negative," Letters, Feb. 3). Unfortunately, his comments were very negative regarding what chant is and what it is meant to be for the listeners.

Gregorian chant is sacred music and should be valued for its reverence, its beauty and its sacredness. Because he does not understand Latin, does not mean chant is out of place.

I was also present at the 10:30 a.m. Mass, and I felt very much at home because of the peacefulness that the chant brings. It makes us meditate, go within ourselves and pray to our Lord who dwells in us. This music helps a person go within and internalize the liturgy of the day.

Singing in the loft is wonderful because then we are not distracted by the choir's presence in the sanctuary, which should be for the sacrifice of the Mass only. We should focus on the altar where Jesus gives himself to the Father.

I thank Archbishop Richard Smith for the new choir that I love and cherish with all my heart. The voices are powerful, beautiful and pious. They are professional. They are really gifted for sacred music.

And the organist – what a musician! He or she is awesome. This is a real organist who knows what she or he is playing – sacred music. May I add that the Our Father he played before Mass on Sunday, Feb. 2 was heavenly.

This is what we call praying with our heart and not giving a concert or entertaining us.

Thank you and continue to elevate our prayers with heavenly music and singing.

Dr. Evelyn McKintyre
Edmonton