Music has always been a significant voice of prayer in the liturgy of the church. It is hard to imagine worship without music. However, liturgical music differs from sacred music in that the former exists in the service of the liturgy, whereas the latter can exist for its own sake. Liturgical music is sacred music because it seeks to reveal the Divine.
At St. Bart’s, the music that serves the liturgy comes from a wide variety of sources and is expressed in a wide variety of styles – plainsong chant, sturdy hymn, unaccompanied choral motet, gospel or African American spiritual, and contemporary songs of praise. This music is led by a variety of instruments – pipe organ, guitar, bass, flute, trumpet, violin, percussion. In all cases, the guiding principle is that it is music that hopes to inspire - to invite the worshiper into an encounter with the living God – and most importantly, music that exists to serve the liturgy.
The music ministry at St. Bart’s is made of a dedicated group of adult singers who help to lead the two liturgies on Sunday morning and all the major feasts of the church year. These singers are augmented by our instrumental ensemble. The Saturday liturgy is typically led by a cantor.
If you have a gift as a singer – either as a cantor or choir member – we invite you to consider this important ministry.
The adult parish choir is open to all people of high school age and older. The choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30p.m. and sings at the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Masses on Sunday morning and for all the major celebrations of the liturgical year. (September thru May)
The Cantor leads the assembly in singing at the weekend liturgies and need not be a member of the choir. Rehearsals are flexible.
Child of Wonder, Love in Flesh:
A Festival of Lessons & Carols
This new CD recording, led by Richard Clarke and the St. Bart’s music ministry, tells the Incarnation story with scripture readings and the poetic word and a blend of carols and hymns that have become the fabric of this service tradition at St. Bart’s. There are still some CDs available for purchase. If you are interested, please contact the Parish Office, 952/473-6601.
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Seasons of Grace: A Celebration of the Liturgical Year
The Music Ministry of St. Bart’s 2008 recording, Seasons of Grace: A Celebration of the Liturgical Year, is available. The cost of this 3-CD set is $25. Questions? Contact Richard Clarke, Director of Liturgy and Music.