The Covid-19 pandemic continues to have a profound impact to Liturgical Music throughout the archdiocese and around the world. Current archdiocesan directives prohibit choirs and musical groups for the foreseeable future. This is most unfortunate as music is an integral part of the Mass; however, we cannot ignore the potential risks of virus spread. During this time a single cantor and organist will lead the music for parish Masses, and we look forward to the eventual return of our adult choir and planning for a children’s choir.
These same directives also call for the temporary removal of hymnals and missals from the pews. We are grateful that our bulletin publisher offers weekly worship programs that enable us to provide Sunday readings, music, and text.
The Marriage Rite is a Sacrament of the Church in whose presence the bride and groom solemnly exchange vows. It is an act of worship for all present to offer thanks and praise for God’s blessings on the couple’s life together as husband and wife. Therefore, music for the wedding liturgy reflects the sacred nature of the ceremony and must be taken from sacred or religious music repertoire. As a form of sung prayer, music must relate to the glory of God and reflect the redeeming grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The parish Director of Music is the organist and music consultant for parish weddings. Couples should contact him to arrange a planning meeting two to three months before their wedding. ([email protected]
or 314-645-1445 ext. 16)
Wedding musicians can consist of the organist and cantor, or other instrumentalists may be employed for a more elaborate musical setting (trumpet, flute, violin, etc.) If you would like additional musicians to participate in your wedding, the parish Director of Music can help contract some of the finest professional musicians in the area who are familiar with Catholic wedding liturgies. Fees will vary by instrument.
The use of outside musicians/vocalists must be approved by the parish Director of Music. References and an audition may be requested. Singers should be trained and experienced singing in liturgical settings. Music selections must be made with or approved by the parish Director of Music. If additional meetings or rehearsals with the organist are required, there may be an additional fee.
Christian funerals are celebrations of the whole Body of Christ where “Christians celebrate the funeral rites to offer worship, praise, and thanksgiving to God for the gift of life which has now been returned to God, the author of life and the hope of the just.” (Order of Christian Funerals, #5) These rites are therefore celebrated with appropriate choices of music, readings, and gestures which are consistent with a Catholic understanding of death and music must be taken from sacred or religious music repertoire. “The celebration of the Christian funeral brings hope and consolation to the living. While proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and witnessing to Christian hope in the resurrection, the funeral rites also recall to all who take part in them God’s mercy and judgment and meet the human need to turn always to God in times of crisis.” (Order of Christian Funerals, #7).
The parish Director of Music is the organist for parish Funeral Liturgies and provides guidance for the selection of music in the Funeral Mass. Music selections must be approved by the parish Director of Music. [email protected]
or 314-645-1445 ext. 16