Heir to a long and prestigious tradition, liturgical and musical, the Cathedral is to preserve, maintain and grow this treasure received centuries, in the image of the talent of the parable of the Gospel (Matthew 25: 14-30).
Here, the music is one with architecture for echoing the glory of God. Here, the liturgy is more than elsewhere again to show the identity of the Church. Here, the music is used the experience of faith. The people of the Diocese of Paris, the regulars of the Cathedral, the millions of anonymous visitors, this crowd "that no one can count" (Revelation 7: 9) must be able to grasp that which is celebrated here is the God everything-other and closest, "God of glory and Majesty" (Roman Canon).
Put in resonance
Intuition and the fervor of the builders of the XIIth century quickly turned into notes to resonate this large ship of stones and put it in perfect harmony with the divine praise. Of course music were marked by their time, to the point, sometimes mark in return their time for posterity, but they have always been designed as a service. As statuary freezes in time the expressions of prayer and offers a picture of the mystical Church, as the windows through which the light of the Sun become the image of the heavenly city happening already in the earthly city. musicHowever, sets in motion, resonance. She makes vibrate the place and the men with him. It is the instant experience, and yet therefore inscribed in the memories, free of pure praise.
Increase the intelligence of the liturgy
A cathedral is not any church. The seat of the Bishop, it is the mother church of a diocese. The liturgy Bishop celebrateswith his priests and his deacons, with all his people, gives a perfect what is the Church. Similarly, music, a perfect match to the rites. Notre Dame, as in other cathedrals, the presence of a rich and influential chapter of canons enabled throughout the ages to ensure the presence of outstanding musicians. Even today, Thanks to the association Sacred to our Lady of Paris music.
and professional musicians, the liturgy and music, both intimately related, are called to be matrix not only for the diocese of Paris but well beyond by now daily television broadcasting of Vespers, and that of some masses and major events of the nation.
Use the experience of faith
The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) undertook an extensive restoration of Catholic Liturgy: significant changes have accompanied the reform, including the transition to the vernacular for readings and the possibility to resort to singing (no notwithstanding the reaffirmed rule of Gregorian chant) was one of the most significant. At Notre Dame, Monseigneur Jehan REVERT, then master of Chapel, was able to manage this mutation with a real pastoral sense and a solid musical taste. He enrolled in the music of the Cathedral tradition and the genius of the place : everything in not denying not rich musical heritage at his disposal, he proposed to the Assembly of the musically sustainable melodies in a large place. During the offices meet today again ancient and contemporary, of the organ pieces polyphony and improvisations, Assembly songs and Gregorian chantoffering everyone both moments listening and participation, both constituent dialogues even experience of the faith.
A triple challenge for the glory of God
At the dawn of the twenty-first century, the meeting of the liturgy and music in a place as prestigious and frequent that the Cathedral is a challenge:
-because it's celebrate more dignified and as fairly as possible the rites of the Church in a place given and through music the most possible matches these rites and this place.
-because it's always go back to the treasure of tradition by reinventing it to make it last. The musicians of the Cathedral are committed to compose masses, parts, chanting like their illustrious predecessors, continuing the work of creating and contributing to the vitality of the Church,
-because it's say something of the unfathomable mystery of God by the beautiful and aesthetic experience and propose it to the men and women of this time either in liturgical celebrations that will be real places of encounter and of Alliance, in thematic concert programs and in connection with the liturgical.