As St. Augustine says, “Singing is for the one who loves.” Music is therefore a sign of God’s love for us and of our love for God. In this sense, it is very personal … By its very nature song has both an individual and a communal dimension. Thus, it is no wonder that singing together in church expresses so well the sacramental presence of God to his people. (Sing To The Lord, 3).
To the members, guests, and visitors of Old St. Pat’s, and to all those who find themselves at mass here — I not only invite, but implore you to join in our beautiful tradition of assembly singing as you participate in our liturgies. To help you feel at ease, please see below for some of our music for this season of Fall Ordinary Time. I offer this for you to listen, pray, and even practice this music (some of which is new to our community!) during this season.
A new piece by Marty Haugen titled We Sing God’s Truth will be part of our liturgies this fall, reminding us of the truths of God’s love and hope a time when “truth isn’t truth” and midterm elections tangle the notions of fact and favor, sacred sign and cynicism.
Emboldening our steps with a new piece featuring a familiar tune… The Church of Christ Cannot Be Bound is based on the McKEE tune (known to many as “In Christ There Is No East Or West”) was originally an Irish tune taken to the United States and adapted by African American slaves.
As we prepare to welcome Tony Alonso for a concert at OSP on May 3, 2019, we are introducing a piece of great reverence and lyricism with Tony’s The Greater Glory of God. I highly encourage you to add this and any of his albums to your playlists.
We’ll be sent forth as mission-driven people with a new closing song from the repertoire of great commissioning pieces: Chris de Silva’s Go Out To The World. I’m excited to hear our assembly sing this out in resounding unison! Later this fall, we’ll be singing The Lord’s Prayer (Steve Warner), and and asking God to hear our prayers by reciting together “Lord Hear Our Prayer”
OUR NEW PIANO
All of this prayerful and engaging music will be led and centered around our new Steinway Model B Grand Piano. Many of you know that we have opened our new space at 625 W Adams for the sacredness of liturgy, discussion, debate, learning, and celebration. I wanted to honor that new space with its unique attributes with our Steinway Model D that has anchored our church ministry for 10 years. This afforded myself and Dominic the opportunity to perform exhaustive research and seek out the best new instrument for the church. Our search led all across the Chicagoland area and finally to the Steinway factory in New York. The Model B allows us more flexibility in our configurations, stronger acoustic sound, and the vitality of a new Steinway instrument.
For more highlights from the piano selection, please have a look at our video!
Mark Scozzafave, Director of Music Ministries
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