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Music at Holy Cross Church 

 

Music at Holy Cross serves the purpose of enhancing the liturgy through sung responses, hymns, psalms and prayers as well as through instrumental meditations.  We glorify God as we sing, pray and worship Him. Liturgical music used for worship at Holy Cross Church comes from the “We Celebrate” Worship Resource, published by World Library Publications and occasionally from other Catholic Music resources.  

 

 

Opportunities to Participate in Music Ministry

Cantor – The primary job of a cantor is to lead and support the congregation in song throughout each mass.  The cantor also proclaims the Psalm verses and Gospel Acclamation sentences as well as helps to teach new music to the congregation. Opportunities to serve in this area of music ministry are available for both the 9 am and the 11 am masses. Training is provided for those who wish to participate in this ministry, whether as a solo cantor as a member of a small group.  

Choir – The primary job of the choir is also to lead and support the congregation in song throughout each mass. They likewise proclaim the Psalm verses, Gospel Acclamation sentences and help to teach the congregation new music. Specially selected repertoire performed by the choir has the additional function of enhancing the day’s liturgy and inviting more introspection on the day’s lessons. The choir at Holy Cross sings for Christmas, Easter Triduum, Easter Sunday and the Exultation of the Holy Cross patronal feast in mid-September. Rehearsals take place immediately following the 11 am mass on the Sundays just prior to those dates. The time commitment is typically four weeks prior to the upcoming festival date from approximately noon to 1 pm each week. Opportunities to serve in this area of music ministry are available to all who wish to raise their voice in song with others. Vocal coaching, music reading skills and preparation of hymns, psalms and special music will be a part of all rehearsals.  

Instrumental – Instrumental musicians are sometimes used in liturgy in order to provide an extra element of beauty to mass, partiularly for Feasts and Festivals of the church.  Musicians are expected to have a commanding skill of their instrument and be capable of providing descants or other enhancing melodic lines for hymns and/or choir repertoire.