Sacred Music in Church
For the glory of God and the sanctification of the faithful.
The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The composition and singing of inspired psalms, often accompanied by musical instruments, were already closely linked to the liturgical celebrations of the Old Covenant. The Church continues and develops this tradition. And as St Augustine wrote: “He who sings prays twice”.
In our own parish during Masses and other sacred ceremonies as confirmations, weddings, funeral services and children's liturgies, great care is undertaken among our variety of musicians and vocalists to inspire and touch people's hearts through the beauty of sacred music.
Being a parish of some considerable size, there is a parish choir, a highly capable small group of adult male musicians, an array of very accomplished organists, guitarists, keyboardists and vocalists, as well as enthusiastic planning and involvement from our resident clergy.
Accordingly there is great variety when, according to a three-to-four monthly roster, different liturgical styles of music are celebrated at different Mass times over different weekends.
New and aspiring vocalists and musicians are most welcome to contact the parish priest to discuss ways of involvement. In our parish, the ministry is highly regarded, and those who are substantially involved are greatly appreciated. Visitors, especially during weddings and funerals, are often moved to extend compliments to the beauty of our sacred music.
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