In Saint Augustine's words: “singing is an expression of joy and…love” (Sermo 34:1). As you use your talents and your faith to sing God’s praises, you give voice to the natural desire of every human being to glorify him, with songs of love. It is hard to find words to convey the sheer joy of the soul’s loving encounter with God; indeed the great mystics could only remain silent before the mystery. Yet beautiful music is able to express something of the mystery of God’s love for us and ours for him…
Always remember that your singing is a service. Firstly, it is a service to God, a way of giving him the praise that is due. It is also a service to your fellow worshippers, helping them to raise their hearts and minds to the Lord in prayer. And it is a service to the whole Church, offering a foretaste of the heavenly liturgy that is the goal of all true worship, when the choirs of angels and saints unite in one unending song of love and praise.
– Pope Benedict XVI, December 30, 2010
Serve the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful singing.
– Psalm 100
Our Music Ministry at Ascension is open to singers and instrumentalists, caters to diverse tastes and styles, and suits your schedule by offering different levels of commitment. Please consider the following means through which you can share your musical talents within the liturgy in service to God and others.
- Our Folk Choir sings at the 10:00 AM Mass on Sunday from September through June. Rehearsals take place on the first and third Thursdays of each month and begin at 6:00 PM. Instrumentalists and vocalists are encouraged to share their talents. For additional information about this ensemble, contact Jim Hossick at [email protected].
- Our Traditional Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM in the St. Michael Room. Members sing at the Sunday Noon Mass from mid-September through mid-June. The choir also participates in a variety of extraordinary liturgies. Note: The traditional choir will be on a break during the summer (beginning after Memorial Day). The choir will resume rehearsing and singing at the 12:00 Noon Sunday Mass after Labor Day. We always welcome new members! Please contact Stephanie Griffin for more information.
To learn more about the programs described above, contact Stephanie Griffin, Director of Music at [email protected]