August 28, 2022
The past few weeks I have shared ideas that come from a writing by Alex Hey entitled 7 Reasons Why You Need to Crack Open That Mass Hymnal and Make a Joyful Noise. We have covered the first four reasons. Let's finish it off with the last three!
Reason Five is that singing, as Alex puts it, "helps us express joy and love to the Lord." As stated in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal: "Singing is the sign of the heart's joy. Thus St. Augustine says rightly, 'Singing is for one who loves.'" I'm sure you've all heard the saying "He who sings prays twice." Why not rack up some bonus points at mass and go ahead and join in the singing!
Reason Six reflects on the first mass, The Last Supper, in which, as stated in Matthew 26:30, Jesus and the Apostles sang a hymn before going to the Garden of Gethsemane. Alex notes "Jesus sang, and are we not called to live like Him?"
And finally, reason Seven, one that deals with a statement I've heard so often over the years that people use as an excuse not to sing, which is "I have a terrible voice." Well, I'm of the belief that your voice is a gift from God and, however you may perceive it to sound, it is unique to you and God loves hearing you use it to praise him. As Alex quoted Matt Maher saying, "If you don't have a beautiful singing voice, sing out anyway. It'll serve God right for giving it to you."
I hope you enjoyed these past few weeks of notes. If you would like to read the piece written by Alex in its entirety, you can Google Alex Hey and the the title.
August 21, 2022
Last week I shared the first two reasons that Alex Hey noted in his article entitled 7 Reasons Why You Need to Crack Open That Mass Hymnal and Make a Joyful Noise. Now the next couple reasons.
Reason three is the reason I referred to at the end of my notes last week. Let me pose this question to you: Why do we have singers up front? A. The choir/cantor is there to "perform" as in a concert for you. -OR- B. Those talented volunteers are brave enough to stand in front of the rest ofhe congregation to sing in hopes that in doing so the rest of the congregation will feel more inclined to join in the song. The correct answer to the question, and noted in Alex's article, is "B." We have singers up front in order to help YOU feel more relaxed about joining in the song. It's a safey in numbers kind of thing! If you're not as familiar with the song and feel a little unsure singing, no worries, the singers up front will help you learn as you go! Don't be aftraid to join us. I'm sure God loves to hear your voice!
The fourth reason is pretty simple. Joiing together in song helps the parish community come together by actively participating in the worship. My thought: If you care enogh to come to mass in the first place then why not get the most out of it!
August 14, 2022
Last week, I mentionded that I will continue to share excerpts from an article written by Alex. R. Hey entitled, "7 Reasons Why You Need to Crack Open That Mass Hymnal and Make A Joyful Noise." This week, we'll touch on the first couple of those reasons.
Reason one has to do with the fact that the Church instructs us to participate in the Mass. In the Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Church states that we should "not refuse to serve the people of God in gladness whenever they are asked to perform some particular service or function in the celebration." (I'm being brief here. There's more to it than that, of course!) Alex's observation: "If called upon to sing, you ought to sing."
The second of his reasons talks about internal and external participation. I think we all grasp what internal participation is, but the church states that participation must be "...external also, that is, such as to show the internal participation by gestures and bodily attitudes, by the acclamations, responses and singing."
Well, there you have it! Next week, we'll continue with one of my facorite reasons.
Enthusiasm, pride and commitment make the St Genevieve's Parish Choir one of the most involved groups in our parish. These are the only qualities you need to become a member! You do not need to know how to read music. The choir participates in St. Genevieve's liturgies every weekend. New members are welcome at any time. The choir provides music for the Saturday 4:30, Sunday 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. liturgy, as well as special seasonal liturgies.
Contact Laura Baldwin, Director of Worship, at 651.429.7937, for more information.
The Choir is always looking for individuals that have musical instrument talent. If you are interested in sharing your talents at Sunday Mass or special Liturgical celebrations, please contact Laura Baldwin, Director of Worship, at 651.429.7937, for more information.
New singers and instrumentalists are always invited to join the music ministry.
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