Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Thank Your Parish Musicians Weekend

Wednesday greetings from Washington, DC, where I led a WLP Sing the Seasons Choral Reading Session last evening at Our Lady of Mercy in Potomac, Maryland. This is the view from my hotel window.

It is sunny and cool here, with very low humidity. This is such a beautiful city.

The parish church is quite beautiful. Some photos I took of the interior. Here are two photos of the font, which is just inside the main space. A wall of glass separates the font from the gathering space.

I took this photo with a view from the upper bowl of the font looking down the main aisle toward the altar.

The musicians in attendance sang wonderfully and brought the WLP Sing the Seasons Choral Music to life. It is so satisfying as a publishing house to see people sing and pray this array of choral music.

Which brings me to an important point. Having been a director of music and liturgy in three parishes in the past, I know how hard pastoral musicians work to bring people closer to the Lord through the art of sacred music. Too often their efforts go unnoticed or, worse yet, are regarded simply as "their job" here in the parish.

So, this coming weekend, why not take the time after Mass to thank your parish musicians? Everything they do is for you, so please show your appreciation for their hard work.

Let's make this coming weekend "Thank Your Parish Musicians Weekend."

Lots of travel ahead for me today and in the coming week.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great idea. Sometimes parishioners do not realize the amount of work, practice, and concentration to sign in a choir. Also, folks are so quick to latch on to contemporary music, want "upbeat" guitar music, vs. that old-timers traditional hymns sung by an adult choir.

Today I got news that our parish priest wants to dissolve the audit choir, remove the elderly director and his wife, the pianist, before we start a new year in September! I don't think he realizes the parishioners at the 8:30 am Sunday mass are the "older" folks who don't WANT guitar masses, youth group choirs with drums, tambourines, etc. The older parishioners want traditional hymns and choral music.
The other masses all have contemporary groups, songs that are less than 30 years old by OCP and "gather" songs, guitars etc.

Can't we just have one with traditional music? So do say thank you to the choir next time you are at mass.