Chapter VI of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium) delves into the musical tradition of the Church. It begins with the assertion that music in the Church is extremely important, “… greater even than that of any other art.” Its centrality to the community’s life of faith has been declared in the Scriptures and by the Fathers of the Church because of the “…ministerial function supplied by sacred music in the service of the Lord.”
Music, as with other art forms, has the ability to emotionally and spiritually inspire those who hear it, and deepen the prayer of those who participate in it. Those involved in music ministry love to quote Saint Augustine: “Those who sing pray twice!”
One cannot find anything more religious and more joyful in sacred celebrations than a whole congregation expressing its faith and devotion in song. Therefore the active participation of the whole people, which is shown in singing, is to be promoted!
We invite you to be a part of the Music Ministry at Blessed Sacrament. There are many ways to become involved:
Cantors are scheduled for Masses alone, or with the choir(s). If you are interested in training to cantor, or have past experience and would like to start immediately, please contact Timothy Remsen, Music Director: email@example.com; 516-455-7579
- Join a Choir
We have 3 choirs: youth (grades 2-8), teen (high-school aged students), adult (18 and above).
- The youth choir sings on the 3rd Sunday of the month at the 10:30am Mass September through May and practices on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month from 4-5pm in the school music room.
- The teen choir is taking interested high school youth! Contact Timothy Remsen (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have a teen who’s interested.
- The adult choir sings at most every Sunday 10:30am Mass. Practices for the adult choir are in the church every Thursday evening from 6-7pm. Feel free to drop in and join us!
If you play a musical instrument, we invite you to contact our Music Director, Timothy Remsen to accompany at Mass or special liturgies.
Blessed Sacrament Music Resource Documents
-Guidelines for BSC Music Ministry PDF: Music Ministry Guidelines
-2018/19 Youth Choir Handbook PDF: Youth Choir Handbook
-Youth Choir Registration Form PDF: Youth Choir Registration Form
-Selecting Music for Funerals PDF: Funeral Music Guide
-Selecting and Preparing Music for Weddings: Selecting and Preparing Music for Weddings – 5.19