The Gift of Song
God has bestowed upon the people the gift of song. God dwells within each human person, in the place where music takes its source. Indeed, God, the giver of song, is present whenever God’s people sing his praises. As St. Augustine says: “Singing is for the one who loves.” Music is, therefore, a sign of God’s love for us and of our love for God.
Jesus and his apostles sang a hymn before their journey to the Mount of Olives. St. Paul instructed the Ephesians to “address one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and playing to the Lord in your hearts.” The letter of St. James asks: “Is anyone among you suffering? They should pray. Is anyone in good spirits? They should sing praises.”
As church, the Body of Christ, we gather in liturgical assembly week after week. As our predecessors did we find ourselves “singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, with gratitude in our hearts to God.” This sung expression of our faith gives us strength for the journey.
Singing is one of the primary ways the assembly of the faithful participates actively in the liturgy. Indeed, the assembly, that is, all of us, are the primary “music makers” in the parish. St. Joseph also diligently promotes a choir as well as a cantor’s ministry. More information about how to take part in these music ministries can be found in the drop down list to the right.