Liturgy and Music

The church celebrates “liturgy” any time people gather together to pray in a public way. The most well known form of public prayer is Mass, but any form of community prayer, such as prayer services, evening prayer, reconciliation services, or stations of the cross, are called liturgies. Liturgy literally means “the work of the people.” This implies that when the church gathers, we are actively involved in what goes on as we pray.

Liturgical ministry is what we do when we take responsibility for the preparation of liturgy. We prepare to fill specific roles necessary for the celebration of prayer together. Sometimes these roles are visible, such as those who read scripture or minister communion. Other roles are less visible such as those who decorate the church space or ready the sacristy items used during prayer such as the communion vessels, altar linens and candles. All roles are important, because through these roles, we minister to all who are present to pray.

Music plays a large role in the prayer life of the church. Music Ministers serve the parish by leading the sung prayer of all who gather for liturgies. The goal of music ministry is not to perform for all present, but to inspire all present to join our voices as one and lift our song to God.


Related Links

Lectionary Readings from the New American Bible

Father Andrew Greeley Homilies