Our model for music in the liturgy is Jesus himself, who sang psalms with the apostles at the Last Supper (Mt 26:30, Mk 14:26). Music is an integral part of our participation in liturgy – an integral part of our participation in the work of God. For “when song and music are signs of the Holy Spirit’s presence and action, they encourage, in a certain way, communion with the Trinity” (John Paul II, Address to the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Musi, 3; Chirograph on Sacred Music, 3).
The Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on Sacred Liturgy (CSL) made particular mention of the role of music in fulfilling the purpose of liturgy, which is the glory of God and the sanctification of the faithful (CSL 112). The Second Vatican Council’s Instruction on Music in the Liturgy, Musicam Sacram (MS), mentions five specific ministerial functions of music in the liturgy.
Through music in the liturgy:
- Prayer is given a more graceful expression
- The mystery of the liturgy, with its hierarchical and community nature, is more openly shown
- The unity of hearts is more profoundly achieved by the union of voices
- Mind are more easily raised to heavenly things by the beauty of the liturgy and
- The whole celebration more clearly prefigures the heavenly liturgy (cf. MS 4-5).
One cannot find anything more religious and more joyful in sacred celebrations than a whole congregation expressing its faith and devotion in song(MS 16)
The roster for musicians and choir is organised by Donna P. If you would like to join the choir or know how to play an instrument and would like to help, please contact the office for more info.
James W. is the director of our Youth Choir. The choir was formed for the Glory of God and the sanctification of the people. If you want to know more about this choir and be part of it please contact James or the parish office.