Liturgical Music at the Cathedral of St. Helena
Throughout the history of the Catholic Church, liturgical music has always been an integral part of the church’s liturgical celebrations. It is “through the praise of God, that humanity ascends to God” (“Home per divinam laudem affect ascendit in Deum.” Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, II-II, 91).
Here at the Cathedral liturgical music is used for weekday Liturgies as well as Sunday celebrations. Cantors and/or small ensembles are added for Solemnities. The Cathedral Choir sings at all 11:00 a.m. Masses on Sundays during the Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons. The St. Cecilia youth Choir sings regularly once a month for the 5:00 p.m. Vigil Mass.
The music, both choral and organ, used for liturgies at the Cathedral reflect the prayers of the celebration i.e. for Funerals, music of hope; for Weddings, music of joy. The music used is from all periods of great liturgical music of the Church i.e. from Gregorian Chant, the Renaissance period, the Baroque and Classical periods, the Romantic period and the music of our own age.
This booklet is being prepared as I complete eleven years of ministry at the Cathedral, and I look forward to a successful new year. I would be remiss if I did not express my profound gratitude to those countless volunteer singers who have sung with the choirs, and to those individuals who have served as choir mothers in giving countless hours in support of children singing, and to the choir librarians, to those who have cleaned the choir vestments and, in particular, those individuals who have given generously as patrons of the organ concerts. And most of all my gratitude to the thousands of people who sing enthusiastically at daily Mass and the Sunday Masses!
There is always and on-going opportunity for all parishioners to participate in the music ministry whether actively singing in one of the choirs, or behind the scenes in helping with vestments or the music library. All are encouraged to prayerfully support this important work of the church!
For further information, please email the Director of Music at email@example.com or call the music office: (406) 442 5825, ext. 121.
- Priere, Op. 37, No. 3 – Joseph Jongen
- Partita On O God, Thou Faithful God – Johann Sebastian Bach
- Siciliano For A High Ceremony – Herbert Norman Howels
- Fantasia And Fugue In C Minor – Johann Sebastian Bach
- Prelude On Iam Sol Recedit Igneus – Bruce T. Simonds
- Fanfare For Organ – Alec Wyton