”One who sings prays twice.” This reminds us that our music and singing at worship is not entertainment or background music for our prayer. Our singing is our prayer. Putting our prayer into music not only helps to unite us in the prayer we make, it also gives a unique expression to our prayer that words alone cannot achieve.
All who participate in the liturgy are expected to sing. No doubt there are some Catholics who feel that they don’t have a beautiful singing voice. Others may feel uncomfortable singing together. But the voices we have are gifts from God. God does not hold auditions for prayer; God simply asks us to use the voice he’s given us. When everyone sings, we can truly feel the power of the liturgy encircling the assembly. We owe it to ourselves and to one another to participate as fully as we can to make our experience of worship as rich as it can be.