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The Choir


At Saint Benedict the African, the choir leads the church in singful praise during the Mass. St. Augustine alerted “he who sings prays twice!” It’s in the singing. Some of our prayer needs expression that words alone cannot express.

We use to hear or talk about a low Mass verses a high Mass. The difference is in the singing, the more singing of the prayers, the “higher” the Mass. The greater the praise! The more perfect the unity and the one voice of the church speaking, I mean SINGING PRAYER to God!


The celebrant sets the tone. The celebrant calls the assembly to worship and calls for the particular prayer at the appropriate time during the liturgy. Clearly this is done best with singing.

The choir takes it higher. The choir helps us most of all with the parts of the Mass, those prayers that are sung to accompany the liturgical action.

It’s tough to be a good choir because people like to be entertained. All choirs struggle to make it clear that there is a profound difference between putting on a concert and assisting the congregation with praying together.

It’s tough to be a good congregation because we have to assist one another with the discipline of following the cross and looking to the altar, especially when some ONE is singing our favorite song.

It’s easy to get one person to sing a good song. It takes our all to sing to the Lord.

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Hush Harbor with Charlotta Bass

Saturday, September 18, 2021

11 AM

Our Hush Harbor series features spirituals and speeches from the past that speak loudly today. In Antebellum America, a hush harbor was a place where the enslaved Africans would gather in secret to practice religious traditions.

Meeting ID: 89415895742
Passcode: 636489

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