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Decently Writ, XXI

October 12, 2015

If the divine office, the Eucharist, and personal devotion are inseparable, then so are the practical elements of worship: posture, rite, ceremonial, emotion, cognition—and music. Worship is the total response of the whole man. So music cannot be relegated to an addendum…

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—The Rev. Martin Thornton (1915-1986), Chancellor of Truro Cathedral, “Music and Ascetical Theology,” essay published in the Programme for the Southern Cathedrals Festival, Salisbury, 1967

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