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Lift Every Voice and Sing

  • Written by Celia Asbell
  • Published in Parish
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops document “Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship”  states that music ministers are “ministers who share the faith, serve the community and express the love of God and neighbor through music.”  In our diocese, there are many different styles of music ranging from traditional choirs to folk groups to contemporary ensembles.  We are also blessed in Burlington to have the African and Vietnamese Choirs who add the textures of their heritage to our celebrations.  While styles may vary, we all share the call to serve our Church community.

The primary function of the music minister is not to perform, but to prayerfully lead and support the congregational singing.  “When words come, they are merely empty shells without the music.  They live as they are sung for the words are the body, and the music the spirit” (Hildegard of Bingen).  May the Holy Spirit continue to inspire all the musicians in our diocese to share their God-given gifts with their parishes and bring life to “empty shells.”

Article by Celia Asbell, choir director and organist at Immaculate Conception Cathedral and St Joseph Co-Cathedral.
Last modified onTuesday, 16 August 2016 10:07
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