Why Music is not a Liturgical Afterthought
Sometimes, in our efforts to regain the sense of sacred in the mass, we relegate music to a secondary place in our minds. We tend to see music as a sort of "add on," and maybe that's because at many Parishes the music is an afterthought. The Church, on the other hand, sees music as an integral part of our worship.
Sacrosanctum Concilium tell us: “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 the solemn liturgy.” (SC112)