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"Those who sing pray twice."

St. Augustine, the great fifth century Bishop of North Africa said this. Augustine reminds us that the words of our hymns are prayers and, when we sing them, we add to them a further dimension of honor and praise--we pray twice. Sung praise seems to be God's favorite form of prayer; fifteen times the Old Testament tells us to "Sing to the Lord."

1. In addition, the Bible instructs us to come into God's presence with singing, make melody to the Lord and enter God's courts in song; there are some 242 such exhortations in the Old Testament alone.

2. Add the twelve New Testament citations and you get a pretty good picture of the importance of song to God.

3. In fact, the Book of Revelation portrays heaven as continually filled with the songs of the saints, to which are own voices are added when we pray twice. We sing because singing is what the people of God do in God's presence.

Singing is not a spectator sport; it engages the whole self in prayer. Song is the gift God has given us to unite our heads and our hearts in praise. It not only joins our individual heads and our hearts, it also unites all of us in common prayer.

Those who sing pray twice. But we have people who not only sing, but conduct, play, compose, accompany, arrange, improvise, and teach others to do so in their own extraordinary style! That's eight forms of praying twice - so, today we give thanks to God for the gift of song !!

As Blessed Mother Teresa said " We do not have to do great things to please God. We need to do small things with great devotion and dedication."


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