Why sing? Whenever we participate in the Mass, we join our hearts, minds and voices to the eternal worship of God in heaven. There the heavenly choirs sing around the throne of God, “Holy, holy, holy.” We are invited to join the heavenly chorus as we celebrate the earthly liturgy. Music, then, has been an integral part of Catholic worship from the beginning. Liturgical music, sacred music, is not one of the frills that we bring in to dress things up for special occasions. As we lend our voices and instruments to the action of the Mass, we are giving of ourselves more completely, in union with Jesus Christ. We are allowing ourselves to be conformed to the pattern of heaven, expressing the communion that we seek with one another, with the angels and saints, and with the Trinity. –Archbishop George J. Lucas from preface of Archdiocesan Core Repertoire.
What is “CANTICUM”? This Beginning October 5, most Sundays there will be a small vocal (4 singers) called “Canticum” present for the 11:30 mass. On other Sundays, our musical worship at that mass will be led by the Archdiocesan Youth Choir or Students from Saint Cecilia Elementary School. Canticum means, “Song.” We bring ourselves, our joys, our sorrows and our hopes and express them through our responses. Singing our responses and prayers “heightens and unifies” our prayer to one voice. These singers are here to assist and support your sung prayer, the Assembled Body of Christ.