Bringing the Liturgy to Life
Yours is a share in the work of the Lord's Spirit who draws us together into one, who makes harmony out of discord, who sings in our hearts the lyric of all that is holy. Yours is the joy of sounding that first note which brings the assembly to its feet, ready to praise God.
- Austin Fleming
It has been said that "good liturgy is musical liturgy." The primary song of the liturgy is that of the voice of the entire assembly raised in song. At the same time the Second Vatican Council stated emphatically that choirs must be diligently promoted while ensuring that the "whole body of the faithful may be able to contribute to that active participation that is rightly theirs." The choir at Saint Joseph is comprised of members drawn from the community who possess requisite musical skills and are able to commit to the established schedule of rehearsals and liturgies from September through early June. We draw on the broad treasury of sacred music, singing compositions by composers of various periods and various musical styles as well as music that expresses the faith of the various cultures that enrich the church. Through this ministry of music we try to lift the spirits of the gathered community and help send us back out into the world "Ignited by the Eucharist; to love and serve."
The St. Joseph choir rehearses Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m. and sings the 9 a.m. Mass on Sunday mornings as well as some holy days and the liturgies around Christmas and Triduum/Easter. The choir is open to singers who are high school age or older. For more information or to schedule an audition contact Robert McCaffery-Lent, Pastoral Assistant for Music and Liturgy, at 206-965-1649 or email rmclent@. You may also submit your contact and preferences via the inquiry form.