You may have noticed that Sundays are slowly starting to sound normal again. After nearly two years of restrictions on music ministry, liturgies once more include singing with a scaled-down choir.
We’ve just come through one of the most challenging periods in modern church history. Though it’s not over, the good news is that the church never closed; we simply reimagined how it did ministry and discipleship. Now, as churches are reopening and restarting programs, it is time to think about how we will welcome our choirs—adult, children, and youth—back to a more familiar routine for learning and sharing music in worship.
Singing plays a vital role in the liturgy and choirs are a key component. They mainly support congregation singing, but the music selected gives us a glimpse of what is to come in the liturgy. Singing enhances the words we hear and can touch our hearts more deeply than words alone.
Some anonymous person once said, “Group singing is cheaper than therapy, healthier than drinking, and certainly more fun than working out. It is the one thing in life were feeling better is pretty much guaranteed.” If you are interested in singing with the choir, let me know, or come up an say hello after mass. We are now practicing on Thursday’s at 7pm.
Patrick Shriver, Choir Director
St Vincent Parish