Our Philosophy

Liturgical Singing: Beautiful, Participatory and Evangelical

 

Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. (Psalm 29:2)

Sing praises with understanding (Psalm 47:7)

I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding. (1 Corinthians 14: 15)

A Psalm forms friendships, unites those separated, conciliates those at enmity. Who indeed, can still consider as an enemy him with whom he has uttered the same prayer to God? So that psalmody, bringing about choral singing, a bond, as it were, toward unity, and joining the people into a harmonious union of one choir, produces also the greatest of blessings, charity. (St. Basil the Great)*

 

We believe that the singing of the liturgical services is a corporate act of prayer, led by the choir/chanters. The structure of the liturgy provides opportunities for the assembled faithful to join in the singing at various times, and we strive to provide musical settings that enable this active participation: music that is beautiful, meaningful, melodic, and easy to sing.

As conductors, singers, composers, arrangers, and editors we make every effort to make the texts of the liturgical hymns understandable for both the singers and the faithful.

We believe in giving God our best effort and want the liturgical services to reflect that in our singing. It is our desire and prayer that the faithful and any guests experience the beauty of God as reflected in our worship and are drawn into relationship with Him.

 

* St. Basil the Great, Exegetic Homilies. Homily 10 (1, 2). B# CUA Vol. 46, pp. 151-154, cited by Johanna Manley, Grace for Grace: The Psalter and the Holy Fathers (Menlo Park, California: Monastery Books), p. 2.