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Music Ministry

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.”

~ Psalm 98:4

Mathew Hall

Director of Music

The purpose of music ministry is to lead and coordinate the sung praise of the liturgical assembly, enabling it to speak as the voice of the Church, the Body of Christ. The harmony of music and the ritual action of singing together are icons of the Church’s mystical communion in Christ. “We, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another” (Romans 12:5-6). While the spiritual refreshment of individual members is frequently a fruit of liturgical song, the primary purpose of music in the liturgy is to enable the Church to enter into the Trinitarian dialogue of love as a community—as the Mystical Body, through Christ the Head. The individual ministry and participation of each member is subordinate to and directed toward that communal goal.

For the congregation:

Hymnals and Singing during Covid-19

Parishioners are welcome to use their personal copies of Breaking Bread during Mass. Copies are available at the back of the church for you to take away. (A $1 donation is welcome.) Please be sure to take your copies home with you after every Mass.

Diocesan policy during the pandemic remains that congregational singing must be limited. We don’t want to do anything that could put the health of any parishioners at risk or jeopardize our ability to continue to celebrate Mass in person. It is true that “he who sings, prays twice” (St. Augustine), as it is also true that “the praise of God exists in the heart rather than on the lips” (St. Thomas Aquinas). Thank you for singing very softly with your mask on, or for singing along silently in your heart.

“Even when listening to…the singing of the choir, the assembly continues to participate actively as they ‘unite themselves interiorly to what the ministers or choir sing, so that by listening to them they may raise their minds to God.’” (Musicam sacram, no. 15; Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship, no. 12)

For cantors and choir members:

We invite singers who can sing pleasantly and in tune to join us. It is not necessary to have experience singing in a choir or to read music; however, some musical background or ability to read music is often very helpful. Singers are encouraged Come sing with us!

  • Under ordinary circumstances, we have choirs at both Sunday morning Masses from September to Pentecost. These choirs meet for a weekly rehearsal and sing together for Christmas, Easter, and our patronal feast, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Choir members also may elect to be on the call-list for funerals.
  • During Covid-19, liturgical singing is being led by a single, masked cantor singing from within a plexiglass isolation booth in the choir loft.

For more information about joining a choir or to be a cantor, please contact Matthew Hall (mh968@cornell.edu).

O God, our Father, we thank you for counting us worthy to stand in your presence to serve you in the company of angels and saints. Strengthen our weakness and pardon our negligence. Help us to fulfill worthily the ministry you have entrusted to us, that what we proclaim with our lips we may believe in our hearts, and what we believe in our hearts we may show forth in our lives. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Music Ministry Prayer

 

Tellers Organ

Our 1912 Tellers organ is a 29-rank, 4-division instrument. For more information, please see the Organ Historical Society database: https://pipeorgandatabase.org/organ/58669.

We also have a Yamaha Model C1 grand piano and two Yamaha electronic keyboards.

Thank you to our Amazing Musicians!

Choir Loft

Choir Loft Photo Gallery