Carmel Bulletin, 14 August 2016
The Second Vatican Council’s instruction on music said: “One cannot find anything more religious and more joyful in sacred celebrations than a whole congregation expressing its faith and devotion in song” (Musicam Sacram, no. 16). That, of course, is easier said than done!
While it may take effort to encourage everyone in the church to sing, it can also be easy to discourage singing. Different factors can contribute to people feeling that they are not encouraged to join in the music that is being led by the music ministers. In turn, we now have in the Church plenty of statistical and anecdotal evidence that proves that people’s engagement and connection with the music in liturgical celebrations is a key factor in them wanting to return to a particular parish community.
As part of our parish vision that all families feel supported, connected and valued as they live and grow in their faith, and our strategy to welcome all who come to worship, our Liturgy Committee and music leaders have been working on a way to develop a more focused and consistent music repertoire. As it is developed and implemented, we hope this repertoire will help everyone in our parish know what we’re singing.