The Christian faithful who gather together as one to await the Lord’s coming are instructed by the Apostle Paul to sing together psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Singing is the sign of the heart’s joy. Thus St. Augustine says rightly, “Singing is for one who loves.” There is also the ancient proverb: “One who sings well prays twice.”
– General Instruction of the Roman Missal
The GIRM emphasizes the importance of singing as it allows for full, conscious, and active participation during the mass. The choirs at SVDP serve this purpose of guiding the congregation and helping them achieve active participation through singing. When new chants are introduced, these are taught to the congregation before the mass to ensure that the faithful are included in the celebration of the Eucharist, and experience it as the highest form of Christian worship. Relevant chants and songs are intentionally chosen after much reflection to allow the congregation to meditate more deeply on the readings, Psalms and Gospel passages of the day.
St. Cecilia’s Choir, Saturday 6pm
Lumen Christi Choir, Sunday 7am
Regina Coeli Choir, Sunday 9am
St. Anne’s Choir, Sunday 11am
St. Catherine’s Choir, Sunday 6pm
The Lord’s Herald Chorale, Tagalog Mass (every 2nd Sunday of the Month), 4pm
The choirs welcome a wide age range of members, from those studying to working adults and retirees. In terms of musical ability, they have members who enjoy singing without formal training to those who study music at postgrad level. If you feel called to serve in the choir, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred time slot.