Sacred Music - A Definition


The site at states that, "Sacred music is one of three expressions of European classical music, which also includes chamber music and theater music. Sacred music is, simply put, music written for the Church. While the audience and performance venue have changed throughout the eras, the Church's involvement is necessary when referring to sacred music. Of the three pillars of European classical music, sacred music may have been the most critical in the development of the entire genre."


It seems appropriate to include a page of links to Internet videos that play sacred music on the site. Some of my favorites follow. I'd like to hear your suggestions as well.


Amazing grace! How sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found;

Was blind, but now I see.


’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,

And grace my fears relieved;

How precious did that grace appear

The hour I first believed.


Through many dangers, toils and snares,

I have already come;

’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,

And grace will lead me home.


The Lord has promised good to me,

His Word my hope secures;

He will my Shield and Portion be,

As long as life endures.


Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,

And mortal life shall cease,

I shall possess, within the veil,

A life of joy and peace.


The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,

The sun forbear to shine;

But God, who called me here below,

Will be forever mine.


When we’ve been there ten thousand years,

Bright shining as the sun,

We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise

Than when we’d first begun.