"Let everything that has breath give praise to the Lord!"
- Psalm 150:6
The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred song united to the words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy.
Holy Scripture, indeed, has bestowed praise upon sacred song, and the same may be said of the fathers of the Church and of the Roman pontiffs who in recent times, led by Pope St. Pius X, have explained more precisely the ministerial function supplied by sacred music in the service of the Lord.
Therefore Sacred Music is to be considered the more holy in proportion as it is more closely connected with the liturgical action, whether it adds delight to prayer, fosters unity of minds, or confers greater solemnity upon the sacred rites. But the Church approves of all forms of true art having the needed qualities, and admits them into divine worship.
The Glory to God in the Mass is the second item of the Ordinary. The Glory to God is also referred to as Greater Doxology. When we sing the Glory to God, we hear the refrain. Often times the refrain is repeated following each verse. Usually, at Christmas and Easter, we repeat the refrain after…
As I just posted some information on another “new” song the other day, here is more to this story…. In looking through the hymnal I found another song which uses the tune to “Sing of Mary” with another text. This hymn is called: “For the Faithful Who Have Answered.” This is yet another text which…
Heritage Mass – Owen Alstott We have not sung this Mass setting in some time so I thought I would post the music and recordings of each Mass part in case anyone would care to listen to it. Peace, Steve Here is the music to look at if you would like to do so:
Dear Dad, As you know with everything that has happened with the virus, many of the things at church have to be done differently because of the virus. I want to catch you up to how I have had to change a number of things I have been doing since the virus. We had to…
As mentioned earlier, there are many new songs in our Gather Book. However, can a song be both new and not new at the same time? The answer is YES!! Here is an example of how a song may be both. A song with a familiar tune and words may be reused. The melody can…
The most important music we sing at Mass are the parts of the Mass. The Kyrie, Gloria, Amen and Lamb of God are originally the parts of the Mass in Latin. When we sing this music, we are communicating with God lifting our voices to respond to God, our Father in Heaven. We have different…
Our Gather Hymnal has many new songs. This new song was written in 2000 by Marty Haugen who wrote Mass of Creation, Gather Us In and Shepherd Me, O God. The new song is entitled: Where Your Treasure Is The text of this song is from Luke 12: 22-34. Here is a link to a…
Song: A song is a musical composition intended to be performed by the human voice. This is often done at distinct and fixed pitches ( melodies) using patterns of sound and silence. Songs contain various forms, such as those including the repetition and variation of sections. Written words created specifically for music for which music…
1) What is the most important music we sing at Mass? A – Songs/hymns B – Psalms C – Mass parts D- Lord’s Prayer 2) How many psalms are there? A – 50 B – 100 C – 150 D – 200 3) Which song/hymn was added to the Mass in the 1950? A –…
Steven Warner received his B.A. in Religious Studies from St. Michael’s College in Winooski Park, Vermont, where he then served as Director of Liturgy for two years. He moved to the University of Notre Dame and earned a Master’s degree in theology and liturgy in 1980. Mr. Warner joined the Office of Campus Ministry staff…
Choirs, Cantors, and Accompanists
Our parish has a robust music program. Please see below the number of music ministries, and contact information to join or get more information.
Steve Jannetti is our Director of Music
Our Allen Digital Organ
Installed in 2016, our three manual, 50 stop digital organ is powerful enough to fill the church, yet configurable to fit any size of congregation.
Our sound system is balanced to ensure everyone in the congregations hears the words and music perfectly. Hearing assist devices are available in the Fellowship Hall.
Membership is open to those in high school up to and including senior adulthood who are able to make a commitment to rehearsals and the Mass schedule.
Are Leaders of Song at Masseswho help facilitate the participation of the people, proclaim the Psalm between the Readings and lead the Gospel Acclamation. They work with the Music Director and their accompanist to accomplish these goals.
Capable Teenagers are welcome to participate.
All young people who are interested in exploring God's gift of music are welcome to participate as they are able in praising God in song. PSR masses and special occasions are wonderful opportunities to begin to be a leader in liturgical ministry.
Our Lady of the Lake welcomes those with musical skills on the organ, piano, or other instrument to volunteer their serves at the liturgy. The music director will assist in scheduling occasions for your participation.
On occasion, accompanists and cantors are hired to assist when needed.