"THE MUSIC OF SOUL"

"O Sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth" (Ps. 96:1). In this and many other beautiful passages the Psalmist indicated that he was aware of a "new song"—a form of music far beyond the limited range of material sound. Such music has a deep, spiritual significance. Its purpose now, as then, is to comfort and to heal.

Our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, possessed keen insight into the spiritual value of good music. She recognized the importance of music in church services. For our guidance Mrs. Eddy indicated the type and quality of music suitable for these services. She says in the Manual of The Mother Church (Art. XIX, Sect. 1), "The music in The Mother Church shall not be operatic, but of an appropriate religious character and of a recognized standard of musical excellence; it shall be played in a dignified and suitable manner."

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