Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Jubilee Song - Sumus Ecclesia!

Bishop Patrick J. McGrath commissioned Gregory Schultz, music director at Santa Clara University Campus Ministry to compose a song to be used throughout the diocese during its 25th Anniversary Jubilee Year.

"Sumus Ecclesia! We Are the Church" is a solemn yet spirited statement of faith in God who calls us to be his people. Using texts inspired by the Diocesan Pastoral Plan, the story of Saint Joseph, and original texts for the liturgical seasons, the song is appropriate for use as a processional song (gathering, Communion, dismissal) throughout the 16 months of our Jubilee Year.

Bishop McGrath encourages parishes to learn and sing "Sumus Ecclesia!" as much as possible at major parish celebrations and at his parish Jubilee visits throughout the Jubilee Year.

To help you incorporate the song into your parish’s repertoire, the following are available:

  • A PDF file of the score for piano, guitar, and SATB choir is available for free download from the diocesan website. Click here to download.


  • A TIF graphic file of the assembly edition (melody and text only) is available for free download from the diocesan website. This assembly edition includes Spanish text for the refrain. You can use this TIF file in your worship aid publishing programs. Click here to download.


  • A digital recording will also be available for free download soon from the website. The recording will also include versions for individual voice part rehearsal.


  • Fuller versions in Spanish and Vietnamese will also be available soon.


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