Music Ministry

Our Lady of Lourdes Music Ministry

 

For more information, please contact our Director of Music:

John Nastasi  -  239-910-4271

 Click Here to see the document regarding the New Roman Missal and Sing to the Lord!

 Music Ministry Mission Statement

"The music ministry at Our Lady of Lourdes lifts the hearts, minds and actions of the people to more complete and transcendent worship of the Lord Jesus.  Through music, we echo the themes of the Liturgy of the Word, and the Liturgy of the Eucharist, in accordance with the seasons, celebrations and rites of the Roman Catholic Church.  Through musical expression, we bring our human and sacred natures together to enhance the worship service for the Church."

 

“When we give God our best in work and worship He gives us blessing"  

(This is what the Church says about music’s role and our participation in worship)

 

Excerpts from Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship (2008)

 God has bestowed upon his people the gift of song.  God dwells within each human person, in the place where music takes its source.  Indeed, God, the giver of son, is present whenever his people sing his praises. STL #1

 Faith grows when it is well expressed in celebration.  Good celebrations can foster and nourish faith.  Poor celebrations may weaken it.  Good music "makes the liturgical prayers of the Christian community more alive and fervent so that everyone can praise and beseech the Triune God more powerfully, more intently and more effectively."   STL #5 (Pius XII, MSD On Sacred Music 1955)

 Charity, justice, and evangelization are thus the normal consequences of liturgical celebration. STL #9

 Within the gathered assembly, the role of the congregation is especially important.  "The full and active participation by all the people is the aim to be considered before all else, for it is the primary and indispensable source from which the faithful are to derive the true Christian spirit." STL #11 (SC, no.14)

 Our participation in the Liturgy is challenging.  Sometimes, our voices do not correspond to the convictions of our hearts.  At other times, we are distracted or preoccupied by the cares of the world.  Christ always invites us, however, to enter into song, to rise above our own preoccupations, and to give our entire selves to the hymn of his Paschal Sacrifice for the honor and glory of the Most Blessed Trinity.  STL #14

 The director of music ministries fosters the active participation of the liturgical assembly in singing; coordinates the preparation of music to be sung at various liturgical celebrations; and promotes the ministries of choirs, psalmists, cantors, organists, and all who play instruments that serve the Liturgy.  STL #45

 Liturgical musicians are the first of all disciples, and only then are they ministers.  Joined to Christ through the Sacraments of Initiation, musicians belong to assembly of the baptized faithful; they are worshipers above all else.  Like other baptized members of the assembly, pastoral musicians need to hear the Gospel, experience conversion, profess faith in Christ, and so proclaim the praise of God.  Thus, musicians who serve the church at prayer are not merely employees or volunteers.  They are ministers who share the faith, serve the community, and express the love of God and neighbor through music.  STL #49