MUSIC MINISTRY AT CHRIST THE KING
“Liturgical worship is given a more noble form when the divine offices are celebrated solemnly in song, with the assistance of sacred ministers and the active participation of the people.”—Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Second Vatican Council
Liturgical music is a priority at Christ the King, in keeping both with our Catholic tradition as well as the nature of our common, sacramental prayer at Holy Mass and other liturgical services. While the primary ministry of liturgical music rightly belongs to the congregation, it is encouraged and supported by particular ministers of music who seek, above all things, to enable the full, conscious, and active participation of the People of God in divine worship.
Opportunities for Participation and Service
Parish Choir The choir’s primary duty is to animate and support the assembly in its sung liturgical prayer during holy Mass and other services. Additionally, the choir is privileged to minister directly to the worshipping community through its own repertoire of sacred choral music. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7:30-8:45 p.m. from September and through May. The choir offers its service twice each month at the 9 am Mass and for the liturgies of Christmas and Holy Week.
Handbell Choir The handbell choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 6-7 p.m. from September through May, and offers music monthly at the 9 am Mass and for the liturgies of Christmas and Holy Week. For those interested, the ability to read basic notes and rhythms is helpful. The unique sound of English handbells provides a striking accompaniment to the liturgical prayer of our community. We are blessed to own a three-octave set of Schulmerich English handbells and a three-octave set of hand chimes. Membership is open to high school through adult.
Cantors The cantor’s primary roles at Mass are to animate the sung liturgical prayer of the assembly and to proclaim the Word of God through Canticles and Psalms. To serve as a parish cantor requires both musical facility (the ability to read music, to maintain pitch, and to use proper vocal techniques) as well as confidence in leading the congregation. Cantors serve at both weekend and holy day Masses. The opportunity to rehearse the next Sunday’s music occurs from 7-7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, or by appointment with the scheduled accompanist. Occasional group rehearsals are scheduled as well throughout the year. Service as a parish cantor is open to high school through adult, and requires an interview and expressed commitment to preparation and service.
Instrumentalists Instrumentalists provide musical accompaniment, obbligato and solo playing during particular liturgical celebrations throughout the year, especially in conjunction with the ministry of the Parish Choir. A requisite level of instrumental proficiency is necessary. Service is open to all instrumentalists willing to commit to preparation and appointed liturgies. Service as accompanists at Mass (organists, pianists, guitarists) requires additional proficiency and commitment.