The music ministry in the Catholic Church, particularly at MHR, plays a crucial role in enhancing the worship experience and bringing the congregation closer to God. Music is used to praise and glorify God, express gratitude, and foster a sense of community among the worshipers. The phrase “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord” is derived from various verses in the Bible, particularly from Psalms 98:4, which encourages believers to express their joy and praise to God through music and singing.
At MHR, the music ministry involves the active participation of the choir and welcomes new members to join in the musical worship. The choir plays a central role in leading the congregation in song during liturgical celebrations. They help create an atmosphere of reverence, devotion, and spiritual engagement through carefully chosen hymns, chants, and other sacred music.
The music ministry at MHR has two choirs, one for the 10 a.m. Sunday Mass and another for the 6:30 p.m. Sunday Mass. The 10 a.m. choir holds rehearsals on Thursday evenings at 7-8 p.m. and again on Sundays at 9:15 a.m., just before the Sunday Mass. Similarly, the 6:30 choir rehearses at 5:15 p.m. on Sundays before their respective Mass. These rehearsals allow the choir members to practice, refine their harmonies, and prepare spiritually for leading the congregation in worship.
The invitation to join the music ministry is extended to all members of the community, irrespective of their musical experience or background. Whether someone is a seasoned singer or a beginner, they are encouraged to talk to one of the choir members after Mass or attend one of the rehearsals to learn how they can actively contribute to this vibrant and exciting ministry.
Overall, the music ministry at MHR fosters a sense of unity, spirituality, and joy among its members and the congregation, using the power of music to connect with God on a deeper level and enhance the overall worship experience.