Saturday, June 05, 2021

To sing is to pray twice, and other music quotes

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“The music must not turn the church into an audience enjoying the music but into a congregation singing the Lord’s praises in His presence.’ -- John Calvin

“To sing is to pray twice.” -- Old proverb, often attributed to Augustine of Hippo

“Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.” -- Ludwig van Beethoven

“Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.” -- Pablo Casals

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” -- Berthold Auerbach

“It is not sufficient to offer the empty vessel of our joy unto God, or our singing voice in musical tune only; but also it is required that we fill our joyful voice with holy matter and good purpose, whereby God only may be reasonably praised.” -- David Dickson

“The music of the Gospel leads us home.” -- Frederick W. Faber

“Shaped note is the music faw me. Everything else is just so-so.” -- R. L. Vaughn

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