Thursday, May 01, 2008

Liturgical Coordinators' Gathering - May 6, 2008

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) recently issued a document on music called "Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship" (pdf). A striking paragraph at the beginning of this comprehensive work says this:

The Paschal hymn...does not cease when a liturgical celebration ends. Christ, whose praises we have sung, remains with us and leads us through church doors to the whole world, with its joys and hopes, griefs and anxieties....Charity, justice, and evangelization are thus the normal consequences of liturgical celebration. Particularly inspired by sung participation, the body of the Word Incarnate goes forth to spread the Gospel with full force and compassion. (8-9)
How do you see charity, justice, and evangelization being the consequences of the liturgies your parish celebrates? How does the music that your assemblies sing help them go through your church doors to continue the Paschal hymn of Christ in the world?

Liturgical Coordinators’ Gathering
“Music and Liturgy that does
Charity, Justice, and Evangelization”
Tuesday, May 6, 2008

10:00a - 12:00p

Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Parish Center

You will come away from this meeting with:
  • Three ways to judge the appropriateness of music for your assembly;
  • Four ways to improve the assembly's sense of ritual music;
  • Five strategies for making liturgical singing more just;
  • Eight things to do this summer to improve your liturgy by next September;

Bring your ideas, best practices, and questions. If you have any questions about these gatherings, please contact Diana or 408-983-0136.

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