Music is an incredibly powerful kind of prayer, showing God’s love for us and our love for Him. In Sing to the Lord a New Song: Music in Divine Worship, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops put forth what music should be like during the Mass: “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 song, is present whenever his people sing his praises” (1).
Or, as St. Augustine once said, “Singing is for the one who loves.”
Christy Felcyn, Director of Music, feels very blessed to be able to work in music. Music is such an important part of the celebration of the Mass, and she enjoys the chance to share music with people of all ages and help them use their talents.
“Music is integral in the flow of the liturgy,” Christy says. “Music enhances the spoken word and binds together the message in the readings of the day.”
The main choir covers three Masses based on what works for each person. They practice from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. on Wednesdays. Our worship band, Rise, plays the 5 p.m. Sunday Mass — members practice from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays. There is also a children’s choir that practices twice a month and sings at four Masses throughout the school year. All adults in the ministry are invited to come together to serve for the Triduum liturgies.
Music Ministry members truly work to enhance the celebration of the Mass.
“Music allows for embodied prayer as we feel the expression of the meaning of the words,” Christy says.
In turn, Christy hopes to see those with musical talents step up and share them through one of the Pax Christi ensembles.
“We need to have quality musicians to encourage the assembly to participate fully in song,” she says.
It’s not just about music — it’s about a community engaged together in prayer.
“I believe people enjoy praying together in song and forming bonds with people with similar interests and gifts,” Christy says. “The music ministers are a community for each other and support each other through the seasons of their lives.”
If music isn’t necessarily the best fit for you, you can find another way to serve your friends at Pax Christi and our Lord and Savior. Survey your talents and determine where you can best share them with God and community.
“I believe that people should get involved in a ministry that utilizes their gifts and passions,” Christy says. “We have so many different ministries available at Pax Christi that I believe everyone should be able to find a ministry that would bring them joy and fulfillment.”
To learn more about our Music Ministry, contact Christy Felcyn at 720-419-0124 or email@example.com.