Music Ministry

St. Mary’s Music Ministry

Mission Statement

The primary purpose of liturgical music is tied to the very purpose of the liturgy itself: the glorification of God and the sanctification of the faithful. Our mission is to give glory to God and to pray the music of the Mass. We are called not to simply sing “at Mass”, but to “sing the Mass.” Our aim is to encourage the full, conscious, and active participation of the assembly at St. Mary Parish by leading the faithful in song. Music can make a strong statement of what church is: a gathering of diverse people. Liturgical music can reflect the people of the Church, and must always be suitable, appropriate, and dignified for the Liturgy. We embrace both the rich and honored tradition of our Catholic heritage along with the styles of modern liturgical composers. True music ministry must never be “about me and my personal tastes,” as we are gathered together as one body for the celebration of the Eucharist. We look to the teachings of the Church to guide us in our ministry.

It is important to draw the congregation into participation in music, old or new, different or familiar, that will help us pray and give glory to God. Within the liturgy there also exists the occasional opportunity for the choir to perform choral pieces aside from assembly singing for the purpose of prayerful reflection. There is an “active” role to singing, but also a “full and conscious” role, time to pray in song and time to pray in silence. We all have unique roles in the Mystical Body of Christ, and while all the faithful are called to participate in song as a congregation, many are called to lead this important aspect of the liturgy. The Church’s vision of the Mass is a sung liturgy, as we prepare ourselves for the heavenly reality, in the endless hymn of praise. When we are called home to enjoy the beatific vision, we shall join the choirs of heavenly angels praising God. What better way is there to prepare for eternity than to commence our rehearsal of songs of praise in this life?

When in Our Music God is Glorified
(Frederick Pratt Green)

When in Our Music God is Glorified, and adoration leaves no room for pride;

It is as though the whole creation cried: Alleluia!

How often, making music, we have found a new dimension in the world of sound,

As worship moved us to a more profound: Alleluia!

So has the Church, in liturgy and song, In faith and love, through centuries of wrong,

Borne witness to the truth in ev’ry tongue: Alleluia!

And did not Jesus sing a psalm that night When utmost evil strove against the Light?

Then let us sing, for whom He won the fight: Alleluia!

Let ev’ry instrument be tuned for praise! Let all rejoice who have a voice to raise!

And may God give us faith to sing always:

Alleluia!

 

For more information, please contact:

Liturgy/Music Department at (262) 251-0220