General Statement about Music at SPA
“When man comes into contact with God, mere speech is not enough.”
– Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI)
When we lift our voices in song to God we find ourselves in good company. The Bible records songs sung by David, Moses, Miriam, Deborah, Isaiah, Simeon, Zechariah, Mary, and even our Lord Jesus Christ. The early Church embraced this musical heritage, enveloping Christian liturgy in song. Over the past two millennia a treasury of sacred song has been cultivated by the Church. The music ministry at St. Paul the Apostle seeks to explore and plunder this great resource, using it to glorify God and build up of his kingdom on earth, as it is in heaven.
O God, whom saints and angels delight to worship in heaven:
Be ever present with your servants who seek through art and music to perfect the praises
offered by your people on earth; and grant to them even now glimpses of your beauty,
and make them worthy at length to behold it unveiled for evermore;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Music Ministries at SPA
“Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and
spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord.”
–The Apostle Paul
Everyone at St. Paul the Apostle is part of the music ministry. The congregation is the fundamental musical instrument of the Church. Singing together can act as confession, lament, praise, thanksgiving, history telling, exhortation, prayer, and petition. Enabling and encouraging the congregational voice requires leadership, which is the primary function of our Choirs, Cantors, and Instrumentalists.
Beginning in June, our new Director of Sacred Music, Michael Miller, will be cultivating choirs to sing and provide musical leadership at our weekend Masses, solemnities and funeral Masses. A detailed outline of the ensembles and their schedules will be evolving over the summer. Choirs will be for ages 14 years and up, with a special Chorister training program for younger musicians. Requirements for participating in the choirs at St. Paul the Apostle include a willing heart, a desire to make a joyful noise unto the Lord, and a good work ethic. If you are interested in singing with a choir, please contact Michael and introduce yourself.
The ministry of Cantor is open to singers with exceptional vocal talent and a desire to lead the assembly in psalms and chants. If you are interested in serving in this role, please contact Michael to arrange an interview.
The addition of instruments can greatly enhance the beauty of our musical offering. If you are proficient with an instrument and would like offer your musical talents, please contact Michael to arrange an interview.
Please e-mail Michael Miller and introduce yourself. He will be happy to follow up with you and discuss how you can become involved in the music ministry at St. Paul the Apostle. Michael’s e-mail address is email@example.com. Phone: 616-949-4170 ext. 240