Liturgy helps build up the Body of Christ
MELFORT, Sask. — On Sept. 11, approximately 20 people from the parishes in Kinistino, St. Brieux, Arborfield, Nipawin and Melfort attended a liturgy workshop Our Lady of Consolation Parish in Melfort for those in music ministry. Rev. Maurice Fiolleau, diocesan director for liturgy, and co-ordinator Heidi Epp organized three music workshops to take place Sept. 11, 12 and 13 in Melfort, Battleford and Prince Albert, respectively.
The liturgy team began with explaining the role of choirs and leaders as first, they are a member of the assembly, and they have been called to help fill in a need in the celebration. They explained that music ministry is not a performance; rather, it is a profession of faith. Choirs are leaders which help congregations grow together in liturgy. Music is a beautiful way to enhance the text of the Word of God which can be expressed in many ways that speaking cannot. In assisting the assembly, choirs and musicians help build up the Body of Christ and through music: they support, enhance and create a mood.
During the workshop, Epp emphasized that choosing music should be appropriate for the occasion and season, keeping readings as most important. Choir leaders should consider all aspects of liturgical, musical and pastoral judgement.
She explained, “We will inspire people not just when we sing and play, but also by our demeanour throughout the mass. When we are attentive, the assembly is attentive; when we observe silence, so will they. If we are in view of others at mass, it is important that we be a good model of worship from start to finish,” describing also to have the music handy so as not to create a distraction when setting up. We are there not just as a musician, but first as an active, participating member.