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 Lent.
I offer this for you to listen, pray, and even practice this music (some of which is new to our community!) during this season. Please visit here to see the worship aid for this coming week for a preview!
We will be gathering to Lori’s True’s Let This Be The Time for each of the Sundays in Lent. I find that using music as a “seasonal marker” helps cast the liturgy in the hues of the season, beginning with the first words we sing as a gathered assembly: let this be the time. There is a very simple response that we acclaim together for the verse:
And then the refrain is sung together in one voice:
Note the language of unity and neighbor in the verse, and notions of tearing down old ways and walls of division for something new, something action-driven as a hope-filled people.
A new piece by Marty Haugen titled We Sing God’s Truth will again be part of our liturgies this spring, reminding us of the truths of God’s love and hope a time when “truth isn’t truth” and political showdowns tangle the notions of fact and favor, sacred sign and cynicism.
Another piece that I am bringing back is Liam Lawton’s Sail The Soul, a lilting song of comfort, guidance, journey, and healing that is textually based on the writings of St. Columcille .
The Liturgy of the Word concludes during the General Intercessions (or Prayers of the Faithful — our prayer), to which we lift up petitions with Bob Hurd’s “O God Hear Us”.
And again prayer together in song The Lord’s Prayer by Steve Warner. I have received very affirmative feedback on using this version to mark our seasons of Lent and Advent–it is heart-warming to hear this assembly pray together in this way. Please do not fret about the pitches or the notes; rather, allow the rise and fall of the text to come forth in song, matching what you hear around you.
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. The response to this have been great so far, thank you! I’m humbled when I hear our assemblies freely taking a risk to sing new music (especially pieces I have written)
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. More information about his concert will be available soon!
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!
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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And as always, feel free to tell us about your experience at: oldstpats.org/feedback