"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. At Spirit of Life, we have a large choir that sings for masses during Christmas and the Triduum and small ensembles that sing regularly at all masses. Sign-up’s for the Christmas and Triduum Choirs will be announced at masses leading up to these celebrations. Anyone is welcome to sing with us in these Choirs; 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 one of these ensembles, please contact Dominick.
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. Cantors currently lead music at some Saturday evening masses, Holy Days, weddings, and funerals. If you are interested in serving our community as a cantor, please contact Dominick.
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 Dominick 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 liurgical 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). At Spirit of Life, we give a special place to the practice of devotional praise music. Our praise band faciliates an hour of Praise and Adoration once monthly, immediately following our Sunday 6pm Mass. Several of our musicians also generously provide uplifting music for special events at the Spirit of Life Food Pantry and for regular services at our area Nursing Homes.
How do I get involved?
You can contact Dominick at the office: 701-663-1660 or email@example.com.
OR sign-up to sing at liturgies at this link!: https://goo.gl/AvpTpn
To qualify as a paid vocalist, you should be able to sing at least some of the following solo repertoire: Adoro Te Devote, Ave Verum Corpus, Panis Angelicus, Ubi Caritas. Any other scheduled music will be easier than these selections. If you are not at the level of singing this repertoire yet, but would like to learn, I would be happy to provide you with FREE vocal lessons! Contact me during office hours.
Contact for all Music Ministries: Dominick Goettle, 701-663-1660, firstname.lastname@example.org.