“A person who sings prays twice”

Today’s daily devotional entry in Living Faith is one of mine. The reading is:

Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds.
— Psalm 98:1

And in part I say:

St. Augustine is credited with saying, “A person who sings prays twice.” Beautiful music itself is prayer, and when wedded to words of praise the result is a foretaste of the new Earth to come. This can be true whether it is plainchant, choral music or a modern composition (though we all have preferences).

(I’m quoting St. Hildegard von Bingen in the second half of that paragraph, but it looks like the citation got cut in shortening. I’m not usually that poetic. :-) )

You can read the full reflection here.

About Phil Fox Rose

Phil Fox Rose is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, New York. He is the editor of Paraclete Press; coordinator of Contemplative Outreach of New York, helping promote centering prayer, which has been his contemplative practice for nearly 20 years. Raised atheist by ex-Mormons, Phil has journeyed through Quakerism, deep ecology, Buddhism and Catholicism. Now he's a congregant, presider, cook and leadership team chair at St. Lydia's, an awesome dinner church in Brooklyn, NY, and spends as much time in nature as possible. Phil has been a political party leader, videographer, tech journalist, punk roadie, software designer, sheepherder, stockbroker and downtempo radio DJ. A common thread is the process of learning about stuff, figuring it out and then sharing that understanding with others. Follow Phil by RSS feed, email, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.