and the hills shall sing praise before God..., for the Lord of all that
hath dominion shall come into His everlasting kingdom.
Prayers and Hymns
The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure
of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main
reason for this pre-eminence is that, as a combination of sacred music
and words, it forms a necessary or integral part of solemn liturgy."
. . . The Church continues and develops this tradition: "Address
. . . one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and
making melody to the Lord with all your heart." "He who sings
prays twice." (Catechism of the Catholic Church)