A cry from deep within our being, music is a way for God to lead us to the realm of higher things. As St. Augustine says, “Singing is for the one who loves.”? Music is therefore a sign of God’s love for us and of our love for him. In this sense, it is very personal. But unless music sounds, it is not music, and whenever it sounds, it is accessible to others. By its very nature song has both an individual and a communal dimension. Thus, it is no wonder that singing together in church expresses so well the sacramental presence of God to his people.
“Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship,” U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
At Holy Martyrs, we strive to make our eucharisitic liturgies prayerful, meaningful and truly the source and summit of the life and mission of the Church. Our music ministry plays an essential role in that effort.
The Adult Choir: The choir at Holy Martyrs is exceptional. Guided by Chris Ilg, its mission is to enhance the celebration of the Mass by inviting the assembly into full, active, conscious participation in the liturgy through music. Members of the choir should love music and singing. Some background in singing and reading music is helpful. From September to May, the choir meets weekly for rehearsals on Wednesday evenings from 7:15 to 9:00 p.m. The choir then sings at the 9:30 Mass on all Sundays during those months, with a rehearsal that begins in the worship space at 9:00 a.m.
Other Music Ministers: Cantors have an important role in the music ministry of Holy Martyrs. These vocalists primarily lead the assembly during the responsorial psalms at each Mass, but they also serve as song leaders to guide the assembly in the singing of the hymns during the liturgy. Many cantors sing with the adult choir. Cantors who may or may not be involved with the adult choir are also needed at each of the other weekend Masses. These individuals work with the scheduled musician for their assigned Mass as needed.
Music Director: Christopher Ilg
Commission Representative: TBA