Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.Serve the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing for joy. —(psalm 100)
According to the documents on the liturgy, "Among the
many signs and symbols used by the Church to celebrate its faith, music is
of preeminent importance." The music ministry at St. Mary's seeks to
actively preserve the rich heritage of liturgical music as well as to
explore new musical directions that befit the spirit and dignity of the
liturgy. Choirs, cantors and musicians are not performing at the liturgy,
but enhancing it by leading the assembly in sung prayer.
We are also fortunate to have a gifted group of cantors who serve at most of our Sunday, holyday and special occasion liturgies, as well as at funerals and weddings. Instrumentalists are also important to our music ministry and support the song of the assembly and choirs. Nothing is more important to our music ministry however, than the voices of those in the assembly joining together in song. Whether you sing in one of our choirs or join in from your seat in the assembly you should, in the words of St. Ignatius of Antioch, "form yourselves into a choir; so that in perfect harmony, and taking our pitch from God, you may sing in true unison and with one voice, as strings of a harp, to the Father through Jesus Christ".