The Feast day of our patron Saint Cecilia is fast approaching! Actual day: 22nd November. This year, we are hosting it on Saturday 19 November, and we are pleased to include on that day, a Recital on the Pipe Organ by various organists in our diocese.
“The pipe organ is to be held in high esteem in the Latin Church, since it is its traditional instrument, the sound of which can add a wonderful splendor to the Church’s ceremonies and powerfully lift up men’s minds to God and higher things.” [#62: Musicam Sacram, 1967]
We are also most honoured and privileged to have His Grace Archbishop William Goh to celebrate Mass for us on this special day.
This great celebratory event is for ALL CHOIR MEMBERS & MUSICIANS. We encourage all those who have choir robes to bring them along and to be well-vested for Holy Mass.
The Programme for the day is briefly as follows:
DATE: SATURDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2016
VENUE: CHURCH OF THE HOLY CROSS (450 Clementi Avenue 1, (129955))
TIME OF REGISTRATION: 8.30am
9 am – 9.45 am: A Talk by Sir Dr Peter Low on “How should a good church choir be formed?” (This is held in the auditorium)
9.45 am: Participants to adjourn to Church
10 am – 10.40 am: Organ Recital (LMC Choir will present 2 pieces together with Organ accompaniment)
10.40 am – 11 am: Teaching of * music for the Mass
11 am – 12 pm: Mass
(Celebrant: His Grace Archbishop William Goh)
– Pipe Organ Prelude
– * Propers will be used for the Entrance, Offertory and Communion processions
– Pipe Organ Postlude
* music resources will be attached for your own perusal, but do take note that Mass booklets with music scores will be printed for all attendees. You may click here to access a copy of the Antiphons and Ordinaries in pdf for your reference.
Please click REGISTER if you wish to attend. Attendance is necessary to help us know how much to print and to cater adequately for refreshments.
Please adjourn to the foyer for light refreshments and fellowship. (Do indicate ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ if you are staying for refreshments when you REGISTER to avoid over-catering and wastage.)
Let us make time to come together for this great celebration of thanksgiving, using the gifts and talents God has bestowed upon us as choristers and musicians.
May we continue to glorify the Lord by our lives in dedicated service within our ministries.
Looking forward to seeing each one of you in this diocesan celebration.
Since May this year, we’ve been trying to work in collaboration with the Asian Civilizations Museum (ACM) for their ongoing exhibition “Christianity in Asia”.
And we’re stoked to share that 6 groups will be performing selections of their repertoire to allow the public to appreciate the spectrum of Christian Sacred Music.
Carillon Techonologies has also kindly sponsored the use of the Harmoni Organ (Johannes), a chance to be up close & explore for those curious about the instrument.
Activities to engage the kids will also be set up on level 1.
Come on down for an evening with the family: discovery activities, art, music and an enriching experience!
Saturday, 6th August 2016
Admission is Free
ACM, Level 2
6pm Our Lady Star of the Sea Tamil Choir
630pm Sts. Peter & Paul Cantonese Choir
7pm Schola Cantorum Sancti Gregorii Magni
730pm Cappella Martialis
830pm LMC Choir
9pm HALMM (Church of the Holy Spirit)
The Liturgical Music Committee (LMC) is organizing a 2-day Choir Workshop and we wish to extend the invitation to all choir members in your Parish. We would appreciate if you’re able to forward this email to all Choir Directors.
Title: Discovering New Mass Settings and Antiphons
Synopsis: Come and discover new English settings of the Mass for congregational use, as well as antiphonal singing for Entrance and Communion. This workshop will take place over two Saturday morning sessions and will mainly be practical, with some explanation of the importance and use of chant at Mass at the beginning of each. The practical components include learning the new Mass settings and antiphons, including some antiphons in harmony, learning how to interpret chant, and rehearsal techniques for singing in chant and harmony.
Session 1: The Ordinaries – Something Extraordinary
Date: 30 July 2016
Time: 9am – 12 pm
Venue: The Church of the Holy Spirit, Room #03-07
Practical: This session will cover new English settings of the Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei in chant style, appropriate for congregational use, and also how to read and interpret chant
Session 2: The Propers in their Proper Place
Date: 06 August 2016
Time: 9am – 12 pm
Venue: The Church of the Holy Spirit, Room #03-07
Practical: This session will cover antiphonal singing during the Entrance and Communion, some settings in harmony, and also rehearsal techniques for chant and harmony
Cost per person: $20 for both sessions. Church Choristers are encouraged to sign up for both sessions.
Tonight’s session started with 15 minutes of going through the chants that were covered in last week’s session.
The following chants in English were re-visited:
- Palm Sunday Chants: “As the Lord entered the Holy City…” (settings by Fr. Samuel F. Weber)
- Holy Thursday Chants: “Mandatum novum” (settings by Fr. Samuel F. Weber) and Psalm 118 (adaptation in English & settings by Kenneth Wee)
- Good Friday Chants: “The Reproaches” (settings by Fr. Samuel F. Weber)
Father JJ then proceeded to explain the liturgy of Easter Vigil.
The following chants were presented for the purpose of Easter Vigil:
Special mention were the music accompanying:
- the antiphon for the gathering of the people
- the Lumen Christi
- Triple Alleluia chant and the corresponding Psalm 117 after the Epistle
- the Litanyof Saints
- “Springs of Water” after the dipping of the Paschal Candle in the Blessing of the Water
- “Vidi Aquam” or “I Saw Water” to accompany the Sprinkling Rite
- the Dismissal for Eastertide (Ite missa est, Alleluia)
- Marian Antiphon Regina Caeli
For further resource on the music provided by the International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation (ICEL), click here.
This is a wonderful resource for anyone new to the pipe organ or have an interest in learning the pipe organ.
For parishes that do not yet have a pipe organ, feel free to read this to help bridge the GAP for the time being. As always, taking lessons from a competent teacher usually helps, and never be disheartened or tire from practising 🙂
Tonight, Fr. JJ shared about the spirituality of Palm Sunday, the Last Supper of the Lord, and Good Friday. He also spoke about how the liturgy is celebrated for these events and gave numerous references to the bible.
Music accompanying Holy Week was also presented, albeit briefly.
Please find the compilation of chants that would accompany the Roman Missal for Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper, and Good Friday.
See you again next Wednesday, 24 February, 8pm, at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes (Singapore), where Fr. JJ will talk about Holy Saturday, the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday.