I wonder if music will be like this in heaven. She is singing the Benedictus, part of the Divine Service sung each Sunday by many denominations. (Sometimes called the Common Service.) They are singing in Latin, it’s being translated into Dutch on the screen. The words in English are:
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD. Hosanna in the Highest!”
Contemporary “praise” music so often has music that is at odds with the lyrics. You don’t shimmy into God’s presence shaking your backside like you’re at a club. (You wouldn’t try this in front of a judge in a court of law, you would get thrown out for contempt. Why would you before the Judge of all the earth?) Why, then, use music like that in worship? As my husband says, music sets the tone for what you are doing. When you are worshiping a Thrice Holy God, the music should reflect that.
Church “musicians” today don’t know how to do sacred. Sacred isn’t on the American landscape anymore. That’s why we need to go back and find the old musical landmarks. They knew how to do sacred back then. We have lost our way in the West in Christian worship, because we have lost our way theologically in Christianity. Music should not be allowed to lie about who God is. He is worthy of honor. He is worthy of our very best.
Gounod is the composer. He is one of my favorite composers of sacred music.