Ministers of Music
As you seek ways to enable our musical prayer, remember that your role as a minister of music is to encourage and support the song of the assembly. Know your community, study the liturgy you serve, practise your role, and thank you for using your talents among us. The Church places great value on the music of the liturgy. May all that you do enable the shared responsibility of all who celebrate to enter actively into the prayer of the liturgy.
Considerations when selecting liturgical music
Begin with the readings and texts of the day, be mindful of images from the Word that can be reflected in your musical choices. When assessing the appropriateness of sacred music for the liturgy, other considerations would include:
- the choice is liturgically appropriate: it expresses the meaning of the rite it accompanies and so helps the community understand what is happening ritually;
- the choice is theologically appropriate: it expresses the faith of the Church as appropriate to the liturgical context;
- the choice is musically worthy;
- the choice is pastorally appropriate: it enables the full, conscious and active participation of the community and creates the appropriate 'mood and connection' to the part of the liturgy it accompanies.
Looking for music resources to help you with the preparation of the Sunday Mass?
Below is a list of helpful sites.
Music suggestions from Judith Courtney - National Liturgy Office
Suggestions for music to be used for seasons, compiled by Judith Courtney, Liturgy Advisor / Music Support, Catholic Diocese of Auckland Liturgy Centre.
The Summit, a free online resource
This resource is designed for groups who prepare Sunday liturgies or who wish to use the Church's Sunday Scriptures as their guide. It may also be useful to catechists and parish teams preparing catechumens and candidates for the sacraments of Christian initiation. This can be found at www.cam.org.au/summit.
Sophy Morley, Catholic Diocese of Sale, Australia
The Living Liturgy Music resources will now require subscription to be used in New Zealand. If you want to continue to receive and use this resource we encourage you to purchase a subscription to this resource.
Br Michael Herry fms
Br Michael has written a collection of chants for various seasons and occasions. Go to www.maristmusic.org.au downloadable sheet music and audio files.
Canadian Catholic Conference of Bishops
Society of Saint Gregory (UK)
Click "Preparing the Liturgy" from the left hand menu.