"The Christian faithful who gather together as one to await the Lord's coming are instructed by the Apostle Paul to sing together psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (cf. Col 3:16). Singing is the sign of the heart's joy (cf. Acts 2:46)." (GIRM #39)
"All other things being equal, Gregorian chant holds pride of place because it is proper to the Roman Liturgy."
When the third edition of the Roman Missal was permitted for use in the dioceses of the United States, our local ordinary, Bishop Libasci, requested that all parishes in the Diocese of Manchester learn the chants contained within the Roman Missal. Musical accompaniments for the Roman Missal chants may be downloaded for free by visiting the ICEL website and/or secondary site found below:
As a result of the new edition of the Roman Missal, many parishes here in the diocese and throughout the country, have expressed a desire to "reintroduce" the practice of singing the propers of the mass, notably the Introit and Communion Antiphon. The Diocese of La Crosse (Wisconsin) Office of Sacred Worship has created a page containing music and audio files of the introit and antiphons:
"Those who sing, pray twice." St. Augustine of Hippo
The Cathedral Music Ministry is accepting new members for several choral groups and instrumental ensembles:
For more information or to obtain a registration form and calendar, please contact Mr. Eric Bermani.
Thank you for your consideration and for sharing your musical gifts and talents with your parish community and diocese.
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For more information, please contact:
Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire
153 Ash Street, Box 310
Manchester, NH 03105-0310
Fax: (603) 669-0377
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