Lex orendi, lex credendi, lex vivendi.
The law of what is prayed is what is believed is what is lived.
Sacred Music at St. Martha
The Music Ministry is one of the most important areas of service to the liturgical life of a parish. St. Paul advised the Colossians to “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” That is the calling of every member of the worshiping assembly. But it is the special calling of music ministers to teach, encourage, inspire, and lead them by example.
The Music Ministry at St. Martha embraces these qualities by striving to supplement the sacred Liturgy with the highest quality sacred music available, music that embodies the following qualities:
-It is composed thoroughly and with care, excluding all instances of profanity and secular cliché,
-It demonstrates universality amongst all Catholics, encouraging the faithful to engage in both exterior and interior participation as defined in Musicam Sacram,
-The text used is theologically accurate and well-crafted, and
-It is stylistically appropriate for use in the sacred Liturgy, helping those who listen to it to be drawn further into the sacred mysteries.
We believe that providing our musicians and parishioners with quality spiritual & liturgical formation, and through the use of quality sacred music during the Mass that encourages the faithful to lift their hearts and minds to God during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, this will help lead our parish to an encounter with God, lead them into a strong personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and further equip us to bring souls back home to Christ.
We invite and encourage you to read and discover more information about the Church's teachings on Sacred Music by clicking on the links below:
- On the Restoration of Sacred Music (Tra le sollecitudini, St. Pius X, Nov. 22, 1903)
- Encyclical on Sacred Music (Musicæ Sacræ Disciplina, Ven. Pius XII, Dec. 25, 1955)
- Instruction on Sacred Music and Sacred Liturgy (De Musica Sacra, Sacred Congregation for Rites, Sept. 3, 1958)
- Vatican II, "Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy" (Sacrosanctum Concilium, Dec. 4, 1963)
- Vatican II, "Instruction on Sacred Music in the Liturgy" (Musicam Sacram, Mar. 5, 1967)
- Chirograph on the Centenary of Tra le sollecitudini (St. John Paul II, Nov. 22, 2003)
- Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio, "Summorum Pontificum" (Of the Supreme Pontiffs, Pope Benedict XVI, Jul. 7, 2007)
- Sing to the Lord - Music in Divine Worship (USCCB, Nov. 14, 2007)
- Address of His Holiness Pope Francis to Participants in the International Conference on Sacred Music (Pope Francis, Mar. 4, 2017)
- Address of the Holy Father Francis to the Scholae Cantorum of the Italian Saint Cecilia Association (Pope Francis, Sept. 28, 2019)
“The singing of the Church comes ultimately out of love. It is the utter depth of love that produces the singing…the Holy Spirit is love, and it is he who produces the singing. He is the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit who draws us into love for Christ and so leads to the Father.”
– Pope Benedict XVI, The Spirit of the Liturgy
St. Martha Choral Ensembles
Please click on the links below to find out more about the different choral ensembles we have at St. Martha.
Cantors lead music at all weekend and Holy Day masses. They are expected to prepare music on their own, but individual rehearsals are available to any cantors who wish to take advantage of them. This ministry is open to anyone high school age through adult. Interested singers must pass an audition with Michael Garnett, Director of Music & Liturgy.
Current St. Martha Cantors and others interested in becoming a Cantor, click here for more information.
Anyone who plays any wind, brass, or orchestral string instrument is welcome to play at our weekend and Holy Day masses. An audition is required, and instrumentalists need to be able to prepare the music on their own. Rehearsals occur 30 minutes before the mass at which an instrumentalist will play.