God has bestowed upon his people the gift of song. God dwells within each human person, in the place where music takes its source. Indeed, God, the giver of song, is present whenever his people sing his praises.
This common, sung expression within liturgical celebrations strengthens our faith when it grows weak and draws us into the divinely inspired voice of the Church at prayer. Liturgy is the most perfect act we can do as humans to give praise to God through the sacrifice of his Son. Liturgy gives us intense encounters with the divine in ways that cannot be duplicated elsewhere. At Holy Cross, the integral role of music in the liturgy serves to unite the hearts and voices of the faithful in praise to God and to better dispose us to the mysteries celebrated. The liturgy seeks to build up the faithful into a holy temple of the Lord and a dwelling place for the Spirit which will inspire the daily living of God’s faithful to show forth the Church in the world.
From September through May, the Adult Choir enhances the 10:30 Solemn Eucharist on Sunday mornings with musica sacra from the chant and choral traditions of the Roman Catholic Church. Rehearsals are held on Thursday night from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. During the summer season, the sung Office of Lauds (Morning Prayer) is prayed each Sunday at 11:10 a.m. (prior to Solemn Eucharist at 11:30 a.m.). For any additional information about the sacred music program at Holy Cross, please contact our parish music director, James Dennis.