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Resurrection Choir

posted Aug 22, 2015, 7:28 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Aug 22, 2015, 7:28 AM ]
Fr. Gill has started the hospitable new practice of providing some water, juice and breakfast snacks to nourish the mourners who attend a funeral here. But can we just as graciously help nourish their souls?

Mourners don’t sing, understandably, since singing does not come easily when you’re grieving. But “music is integral to the funeral rites. It allows the community to express convictions and feelings that words alone may fail to convey. It has the power to console and uplift the mourners and to strengthen the unity of the assembly in faith and love” (Order of Christian Funerals, 30).

So let’s start a Resurrection Choir of volunteers who come together to sing at funerals. Any adult who’s available in the mornings can assist in this ministry. The funeral repertoire is small, so we won’t need to rehearse except maybe once a year. It’s ideal for those whose schedule is limited but still want to be involved in a parish ministry. And instead of sitting up in the choir chairs, you’ll sit in the pews behind our Consolation Ministry, so you won’t feel like you’re “performing”. Your participation will provide a warm and caring liturgical presence that goes a long way in helping grieving families to encounter Christ. In addition to singing, you’ll also provide leadership in the spoken responses of the Mass, which is especially helpful to those who might not be familiar with Catholic liturgy. Lastly, you’re representing our parish-at-large during this important and holy time. As Jesus says in John 13:35, “This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Let me know if you’d like to be a part of this important new ministry. Then, when a funeral occurs, I’ll notify you a couple days in advance either by email or text, and you simply come 15 minutes early. It’s that easy!