“The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred song united to the words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy. Liturgical worship is given a more noble form when the divine offices are celebrated solemnly in song, with the assistance of sacred ministers and the active participation of the people.” (Sacrosanctum concilium, para 112 & 113).
To this end, music at the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist provides a solid foundation in the faith formation of those who gather for worship on a weekly basis throughout the Liturgical Year, as well as to those who attend our six annual Concerts. Liturgical congregational music, as well as the liturgical texts sung by the Cathedral Choir is printed on our weekly Bulletin. Sustaining and supporting the sung prayer of the gathered Assembly, through the skillful playing of our organists, the singing of our cantors, and the offering of liturgical motets by our Choir, reinforces our mission: “the glory of God and the sanctification of the faithful.” (Sacrosanctum concilium, para 112).