13th October 2014
The Extra-ordinary Synod on the Family is currently underway in Rome. Today the first document, known was the Relatio post Disceptationem was delivered. It outlines the main themes of the discussions that took place last week and which will form the groundwork for the Ordinary Synod that will take place next year. You can read the document by clicking on the link here: http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2014/10/13/0751/03037.html
The following is an article that appeared in the Newry Parish Bulletin this past Sunday. It is worth sharing.
THE IMPORTANCE OF SINGING
The Christian faithful who come together as one in expectation of the Lord’s coming are instructed by the Apostle Paul to sing together Psalms, hymns and spiritual canticles (cf. Col 3:16). Singing is the sign of the heart’s joy (cf. Acts 2:46). Thus St. Augustine says rightly, ‘Singing is for one who loves’ (Sermo, 336), and there is also an ancient proverb: ‘Whoever sings well prays twice over’. Great importance should therefore be attached to the use of singing in the celebration of the Mass, with due consideration for the culture of peoples and abilities of each liturgical assembly. Although it is not always necessary (e.g., in weekday Masses) to sing all the texts that are in principle meant to be sung, every care should be taken that singing by the ministers and the people not be absent in celebrations that occur on Sundays and on Holydays of Obligation.
However, in the choosing of the parts actually to be sung, preference is to be given to those that are of greater importance and especially to those which are to be sung by the priest or the deacon or a reader, with the people replying, or by the priest and people together.
Bishop McAreavey, in consultation with the Priests of the Parish, desires that congregations at weekend Masses join the choir in the singing of the parts of the Mass and the entrance and recessional hymns. He asked that singing at the weekend Masses throughout the entire year be discussed at the Pastoral Council Meeting. It was discussed at the September meeting. A sub-committee of the Pastoral Council has met and will shortly provide hymn sheets to assist with the congregational singing at our weekend Masses in the three Churches.
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