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I do not belong  to a choir, but sing my heart out along with a congregation . Choral music, has always held me in thrall ever since I heard it in a South Indian church decades ago.It was an Anglican church and the organist was a gifted musician and conductor. I did not  know Latin but the sheer abstractness of it all. the power and the glory of the sound, chant, melody, rhythm filled me with  peace as well as a surge of joy .
Thanks be to all the choral singers and composers who realize the beauty and strengths of choral singing.

Now I live in America. Sadly every church I attend  has no place for choral music .Instead the choir   presents a  version  of the now music of today. This, I am told  is to attract the younger generation  who cannot appreciate choral music.

 Indeed there are separate services.A church hosts a service with  modern music and that is followed by another service featuring  traditional hymns. People have to choose.So you find  mostly elders in the traditional service and teenagers and young adults in the modern service with a lot of percussion and sax.

 We never meet together as one congregation. What a pity that young people do not have the opportunity of listening or participating in music  of great beauty, wisdom and strength.

Hindu children listen to slokas thousands of years old. They attend worship services in temples where these slokas are chanted in Sanskrit which very few have studied .

A blend of the ancient and contemporary where  old and young worship together will be a richly textured spiritual experience.

I truly delighted in the very perceptive essay  on choral music.