"Ad Jesum per Mariam" To Jesus through Mary

Sacred Music

 

Cantate Gloria Dei | Sing to the Glory of God

As the united and worshipping community of Our Lady of the Assumption, we are called to take our part in the liturgy. Just as the priest has gestures and words that he must recite or sing in order for the Eucharistic celebration to be fulfilled, so does the congregation have its own role in gesture, word, and song. We are here to praise our God – just as the saints and angels are doing at the very same time with us!

“Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that fully conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy. Such participation by the Christian people as “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a redeemed people (1 Pet. 2:9; cf. 2:4-5), is their right and duty by reason of their baptism.” ~ Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Chapter 1, II, 14

In practical terms, raising your voice to God during mass is a perfect example of how to fully participate in the liturgy.  If you desire to become more immersed into worship, consider offering your voice and talents to the music ministry. You will experience the liturgy on a whole different level!

“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.” ~ Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Chapter 6, 112

You are called, therefore, to participate in this universal art of music – and in the traditions of our church, sing the sacred texts and prayers in the form of Sacred Music. You will find opportunities for spiritual, personal and musical growth.  Although musical excellence is strived for, the priority is for each individual to be nurtured in the love of God and lead the congregation to “Make a Joyful Noise unto the Lord.” Let us “sing the mass” and not just sing “at” mass!

Music suggestions for planning your wedding or a loved ones funeral can be found under the Wedding Music or Funeral Music Tabs.

Adult Choir

The adult choir is a group of volunteers and professionals who have a shared love of music and are dedicated to enriching the worship experience of all. Adults of all ages are welcome. We prepare and present music to support the congregation in song at the 10:30 Sunday Masses and prepare special music for Christmas and Holy Week.  ALL are welcome.

Rehearsals: WEDNESDAY Evenings 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Oct-May) Mass: Sunday 10:30

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Children’s Schola 

The purpose and format for the Children’s Choir has been revamped so that the children learn about music, not simply rehearse a song for Sunday Mass.  The term “schola” literally means “school,” and so, we wish to provide an educational platform for the children to learn how to sing and understand the rich heritage of liturgical music-all the way back to chant while including new music appropriate to the liturgy and the children.  This will be a challenging, yet rewarding experience for the children. Our children are the future of the church. By participating in the Schola, they will learn about the faith, and appreciate the traditions that stretch back to the beginnings of the church. Rehearsals are held on alternating Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. in the church.  Parents are invited to the stay for rehearsal.  Membership is open to children (grades 2 – 8).  The children will sing as usual at the 9:00 Family Mass and, on occasion, join with the Adult Choir. The Children’s Schola will follow all school cancellations/holidays (snow days, vacations, etc.).

Rehearsals: WEDNESDAY Evenings 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. (Oct-May) Mass: Sunday 9:00 Family Mass. (Christmas Eve 4:00pm)

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St. Cecilia Consort                                                                                    

The Schola is comprised of a select group of dedicated singers who are committed to learn how to sing and read the ancient latin chants as well as the beautiful polyphonic repertoire. We specialize in singing the Divine Office and offer it throughout the Diocese. Members tend to have at least a bachelor's degrees in music and/or extensive experience in sacred music. If you are interested in this challenging ministry, see Mac after mass, send an email to stceciliaconsort@gmail.com, or visit our website: stceciliaconsort.wordpress.org

 

Michael Andrew Cooney
Director of Sacred Music, Organist
music@olaffld.org
203.572.2213

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