"The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred song united to the words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy... Sacred Music adds delight to prayer, fosters unity of minds, or confers greater solemnity upon the sacred rites" (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 112). It is the holy duty of our music ministers at Spirit of Life to lead the congregation during liturgies, utilizing their talents of singing and playing instruments to give great glory to God.
Choirs and Ensembles
The primary song of the liturgy is the unison melodies sung by the congregation. At some times, choirs and ensembles are able to enrich the celebration by adding musical elements beyond the capabilities of the congregation alone. Anyone is welcome to sing with us; no prior music experience is needed! Our small ensembles are made up of musicians who have some experience reading music and singing individual parts. If you are interested in being part of a choir or ensemble at Spirit of Life, please contact Matthew.
The ministry of the cantor is to be the “animator of the assembly’s musical prayer.” It is his or her role in liturgical celebrations to encourage and evoke from the congregation that active participation which is rightfully theirs. Particularly when there is no choir or ensemble, the cantor leads the singing of the gathered assembly. Cantors must be strong singers because they are often singing alone. They must be able to sing with confidence to effectively lead the congregation. If you are interested in serving our community as a cantor, please contact Matthew.
Organists and Other Instrumentalists
“The primary role of the organist, other instrumentalists, or instrumental ensemble is to lead and sustain the singing of the assembly and of the choir, cantor, and psalmist, without dominating or overpowering them. The many voices of the organ and of instrumental ensembles, with their great range of expression, add varied and colorful dimensions to the song of the assembly, especially with the addition of harmonization” (USCCB, Sing to the Lord). If you play organ, keyboard, or another instrument, we would encourage you to use this talent in the service of the Lord. Contact Matthew if you are interested in occasionally or regularly playing for liturgies.
Alongside and complementary to liturgical life, the Church recognizes the importance of healthy devotions that lead the faithful into deeper intimacy with Christ. "Popular devotions of the Christian people are to be highly commended... These devotions should be so drawn up that they harmonize with the liturgical seasons, accord with the sacred liturgy, are in some fashion derived from it, and lead the people to it.” (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 13).
How do I get involved?
You can contact Matthew at the office: 701-663-1660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.