Thursday, March 13, 2014

Chrysologus for Lent VIII

All who lighten and relieve the arduous rigors of their labors show that music has been given to us as a natural solace for toil. Hence, sailors overcome the perils of the sea by singing; in this fashion they transport immense burdens with the comfort of songs; hence, the sound of music enables travelers to climb steep hills; hence, a melody leading the way even rouses soldiers to undergo the bitterness of warfare; and in short, any task, however hard and laborless, a sweet song masters and brings to completion. So let us, brothers, join the divine songs to the fasting of Lent, so that the heavenly symphony may temper and lighten the burden of abstinence.

Sermon 10, section 1.


  1. Enbrethiliel4:14 PM


    Before I forget one more time, I want to say that I really love this quotation! I never thought about singing in this way before--probably working songs and an industrialised world don't really mix--but it's so true, isn't it? There's also something about singing in a group which lets people share a burden much more effectively.

  2. branemrys6:54 PM

    Definitely! And it's so easy to forget that singing can be part of our penitential practice, part of the process of repentance. And not necessarily sad songs, either.


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