Music and Song
We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe
Music and song awaken treasured memories from our past, help us to celebrate our present and develop within us the joy that gives us hope to believe. Beloved hymns and melodies draw us into a greater awareness of God’s presence in us and in community as we worship and sing together.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops recently affirmed the transformative role that music and song play in the revelation of God’s presence within each person and in a congregation. The document, Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship states,
1.“God has bestowed upon his people the gift of song. God dwells within each human person, in the place where music takes its source. Indeed, God, the giver of songs, is present whenever his people sing his praises. 4.Jesus and his apostles sang a hymn before their journey to the Mount of Olives. 9.St. Paul instructed the Ephesians to ‘address one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and praying to the Lord in your hearts.’ This common, sung expression of faith within liturgical celebrations strengthens our faith when it grows weak and draws us from the divinely inspired voice of the church at prayer. Faith grows when it is well expressed in celebration. Charity, justice, and evangelization are thus the normal consequences of liturgical celebration. Particularly inspired by some participation, the body of the Word Incarnate goes forth to spread the Gospel with full force and compassion.”
(United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Committee on Divine Worship, Singing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship. Revision of Music in Catholic Worship. (November 14, 2007) www.usccb.org)
Memorializing Our Hymnals
Each time we pick up our Journeysong Hymnal to sing we will have an opportunity to remember, celebrate and deepen our belief through the memorialization of our hymnals. You are invited to participate by:
- Remembering a loved one,
- Celebrating in thanksgiving special person, anniversary or significant event and
- Believing more deeply through prayer for the person or persons memorialized.
Memorial Intention Book Plate
A Memorial intention will be inscribed on the inside of the front cover of each memorialized hymnal for a donation of Twenty Dollars. The two categories of intention are listed on the sample templates below. You may pick up a Memorial intention envelope marked – Hymnal Return Envelope and Enclosed Form on the shelf of the bulletin board in the church vestibule. After
completing your intention please return it along with the donation in the collection basket no later than March 2.
Whenever we pick up a hymnal, we have an opportunity to open to the front cover and pray for the memorialized; remembering those already with the Lord, giving thanks for those who are God’s gift to us. We grow in belief through prayer as we live our lives like a hymn of praise to the Lord.