The St Michael’s Church choir leads the congregation in the singing at the 11:00am Sunday Mass each week, and other important liturgical celebrations throughout the year. It animates and encourages the praise of God and assists the faithful to pray with joy, harmony and beauty.
“In the earthly liturgy we share in a foretaste of that heavenly liturgy which is celebrated in the Holy City of Jerusalem toward which we journey as pilgrims… With all the warriors of the heavenly army we sing a hymn of glory to the Lord”. Catechism of the Catholic Church 1090
The Christian faithful who gather together as one to await the Lord’s coming are instructed by Apostle Paul to sing together psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Singing is the sign of the heart’s joy. Thus St. Augustine says rightly, ‘Singing is for one who loves’. He also affirms, ‘One who sings well prays twice’. Great importance should therefore be attached to the use of singing in the celebration of Mass.
Acts of the Apostles 14,21b-27.
After Paul and Barnabas had proclaimed the good news to that city and made a considerable number of disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch. They strengthened the spirits of the disciples and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying, "It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God." They appointed presbyters for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lord in whom they had put their faith. Then they traveled through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia. After proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia. From there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work they had now accomplished. And when they arrived, they called the church together and reported what God had done with them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.