Music In the Church
Comments made by Martin Luther
“I, Doctor Marin Luther, wish all lovers of the unshackled art of music, grace and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ.
I truly desire that all Christians would love and regard as worthy the lovely gift of music, which is a precious, worthy, and costly treasure given to mankind by God.
The riches of music are so excellent and so precious that words fail me whenever I attempt to discuss and describe them…
In summary, next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world. It controls our thoughts, minds, hearts and spirits.
This precious gift has been given to man alone that he might thereby remind himself that God has created man for the express purpose of praising and extolling God.”
(Luther in his forward to Georgrhan’s “Symphoniae” A collection of choral motets published in 1538)