Sacred music serves as a prominent and essential element of Christian worship. We respond to the call of the church by making worship ever more perfect, inspiring faith and joy through beauty and music.
In his Letter to Artists (1999), Pope John Paul II reminded us of the Church's call to musicians: "The Church also needs musicians. How many sacred works have been composed through the centuries by people deeply imbued with the sense of the mystery! The faith of countless believers has been nourished by melodies flowing from the hearts of other believers ... In song, faith is experienced as vibrant joy, love, and confident expectation of the saving intervention of God ... Beauty is a key to the mystery and a call to transcendence."