Music plays a very important role in the liturgy. The ministry can be an empowering way to lead the assembly to express their faith with their own inner music. We at St Francis of Assisi are blessed to have many talented and generous music ministers. Our cantors and choirs enhance our liturgies through beautiful and uplifting song and contribute greatly to our engaging environment.
Music ministry could be a good way to make new friends and find community in our parish. We welcome vocalists and instrumentalists of all levels to come join us. If you are called to share your gifts and talents, please contact Denise Duque for information on rehearsals and choir schedules. We would love to have you join our musical family!
*Saturday at 5 PM, we have regularly scheduled cantors accompanied by piano. They sing a variety of contemporary and traditional hymns.
-Beginning in the fall, we will have a Praise Choir/Band that will be scheduled the last Saturday of each month. This group prepares songs of a more modern feel, and is comprised of many musicians to accompany.
*Sunday at 8 AM, our choir prepares traditional anthems and sings twice a month. The rehearsals for this group begin September 15 at 6:30 PM in the church and will meet every Tuesday until June.
-Trio Con Brio- Once a month we are blessed to have a wonderful string trio to come in at our 8AM mass to accompany our cantor and pianist. The schedule for the rest of the year will be August 9, September 13, October 15, and December 13. Schedule for the 2016 year will be posted.
*Sunday at 10 AM, our Ensemble choir prepares music from the Saturday 5 PM mass. This group also has many musicians to accompany the choir. They will begin rehearsals September 9 at 6:30 PM in the church and will meet every Wednesday until June.
“God has bestowed upon his people the gift of song. God dwells within each human person, in the place where music takes its source. Indeed, God, the giver of song, is present whenever his people sing his praises.”
“A cry from deep within our being, music is a way for God to lead us to the realm of higher things. As St. Augustine says, “Singing is for the one who loves.” Music is therefore a sign of God’s love for us and our love for him. In this sense, it is very personal. But unless music sounds, it is not music, and whenever it sounds, it is accessible to others. By its very nature song has both an individual and a communal dimension. Thus, it is no wonder that singing together in church expresses so well the sacramental presence of God to his people.”
“Participation must also be external, so that internal participation can be expressed and reinforced by actions, gestures, and bodily attitudes, and by the acclamations, responses, and singing. The equality of our participation in such sung praise comes less from our vocal ability than from the desire of our hearts to sing together of our love for God. Participation in the Sacred Liturgy both expresses and strengthens the faith that is in us.”
“From the days when the Ark of the Covenant was accompanied in procession by cymbals, harps, lyres, and trumpets, God’s people have, in various periods, used a variety of musical instruments to sing his praise. Each of these instruments, born of the culture and the traditions of a particular people, has given voice to a wide variety of forms and styles through which Christ’s faithful continue to join their voices to his perfect song of praise upon the Cross.”
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