BXVI on the Organ

And while we’re at it, here’s Benedict from 2006 on the glories of the organ:

The organ has always been considered, and rightly so, the king of musical instruments, because it takes up all the sounds of creation…and gives resonance to the fullness of human sentiments, from joy to sadness, from praise to lamentation. By transcending the merely human sphere, as all music of quality does, it evokes the divine. The organ’s great range of timbre, from piano through to a thundering fortissimo, makes it an instrument superior to all others. It is capable of echoing and expressing all the experiences of human life. The manifold possibilities of the organ in some way remind us of the immensity and the magnificence of God. (Blessing of the new organ of Alte Kapelle, Regensburg, Germany, 13 September 2006)

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  1. My initial inclination is to think that it depends on who is doing the rating. If people over-value the meaning of Sunday sermon(s) relative to their community of believers, then it probably is over-rated. But if people under-value the possibilities of shaping a community of believers, then it is under-rated.So who is doing the rating? Church leadership? Are you insisting that church leadership in general over-rates prloahing?Aesc, preachers in local congregations (like me) probably won’t be eager to embrace your supposition. Whereas church planters with infrequent meetings might pat you on the back, causing a sort of confirmation bias.

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