“St. John Climacus, remarked that true beauty is never profane: ‘When we hear singing,’ he said, ‘let us be moved with love towards God; for those who love God are touched with a holy joy, a divine emotion and a tenderness which brings them to tears when they listen to beautiful harmony, whether the songs are profane or spiritual’ (The Ladder, 15th step).” (Olivier Clement, On Human Being, p. 105-106)
As we rejoice in the “Akathist: Glory to God for All Things” –
In the wondrous blending of sounds, it is Your call we hear.
In the harmony of many voices, in the sublime beauty of music,
in the glory of the works of great composers, You lead us to the threshold of paradise to come, and to the choirs of angels.
All true beauty has the power to draw the soul towards You and make it sing in ecstasy: Alleluia!