Music adds a dimension of meaning and feeling to our worship that words alone cannot sustain. St. Lawrence places a high value on liturgical music. The main purpose of the Music Ministry is to lead the Assembly in sacred song and sung prayer with the intent to further faith and promote the singing of the congregation. This is done through a variety of musical styles, including traditional hymns, contemporary songs and Gospel-style. Recognizing the human voice as the primary musical instrument, our efforts are geared toward motivating and supporting the voice of the assembly.
“Obedient to Christ and the Church, we gather in liturgical assembly, week after week. As our predecessors did, we find ourselves singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in our hearts to God. This common, sung expression of faith within liturgical celebrations strengthens our faith when it grows weak and draws us into the divinely inspired voice of the Church at prayer. Faith grows when it is well expressed in celebration. Good celebrations can foster and nourish faith. Poor celebrations may weaken it. Good music makes the liturgical prayers of the Christian community more alive and fervent so that everyone can praise and beseech the Triune God more powerfully, more intently and more effectively.” (Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 5)
Dedicated musicians, choir members and cantors aim to give God the glory He deserves with the most beautiful and reverent sacred music we can deliver. Let’s share our gifts and talents to support our parish’s music program.
The Director of Music plays the organ at each weekend Mass. Cantors assist the congregation’s singing at weekend Masses. Our Adult Choir (ages 18 and older) complements the congregational singing at the 9:30 AM Sunday Mass, and various liturgies throughout the year.
Ministers of Liturgical Music:
THE ASSEMBLY - Those gathered at Sunday Eucharist have a most important role as ministers of music. The voice of those gathered is the primary musical instrument of the liturgy. Our music ministry encourages the “full, active, and conscious” participation of the assembly. The Church believes that Christ is truly present when his body “prays and sings”.
CANTORS - Cantors exercise the ministry of leading the assembly in sung prayer. Cantors attend Choir rehearsals, and have weekly rehearsals for ongoing training. Those with good musical skills, a strong, pleasant voice to lead, and a nice personality may apply for consideration for this important ministry.
ADULT CHOIR - The Adult Choir supports and enhances the congregations’ singing. New members are always welcome. Come with your love of singing, commitment to the schedule below, and the ability to carry a tune without a bucket.
INSTRUMENTALISTS - We are looking to enhance our liturgical music with other instruments such as guitar, flute, trumpet, and violin. If you are competent playing these instruments, please see Father Benn or Janet Miller.
Cantors - 30-minute weekly rehearsal on Sunday, 11 AM; one mass each week on a rotating schedule
Adult Choir - Approximately 1-hour weekly rehearsal on Sunday, 9 AM, and immediately after the 9:30 AM Mass, until 11 AM.
LEARNING OUR FAITH
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