I love to sing Sacred Harp.
Something moves me; when the sound swells and
the harmony is awe-inspiring and the poetry
speaks with great power, I know I am moved by
I know many of us
define the Spirit differently, as Al Frank
[remarked]. There is mystery here, and grace,
and love. Whether we define the Spirit within
one of the many Christian traditions, or
simply feel it as the music speaks through us,
we are joined at those moments in the Sacred
Harp tradition, and the Spirit moves through
us, by the meaning of the poetry, or the grace
of God, the unfathomable mystery of the music,
or the sharing of tradition in community. We
each bring a unique experience of Sacred Harp
music to the hollow square, and together our
individual experiences join to build a
community of enormous power and joy.
And when from death I'm free,
I'll sing and joyful be;
Throughout eternity, I'll sing on.
~ "Wondrous Love"
lyrics from Dupuy's
Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1811