Rejoice, you just, in the LORD;
praise from the upright is fitting.
Give thanks to the LORD on the harp;
on the ten-stringed lyre offer praise.
Sing to God a new song;
skillfully play with joyful chant.
The role of music in integral to the celebration of each liturgy and sacrament, and all of us are called to raise our voice in song to praise our Lord. Music is first and foremost prayer, a form of prayer that dates to the earliest times in the Church. We see in Scripture that Jesus and the Apostles sang hymns at the Last Supper before Christ’s Passion. Music helps us to express and share the faith that is within us and to nourish and strengthen our interior commitment of faith.
The main adult choir at St. Martha, the Liturgical Choir leads and enhances the congregation’s singing at the 10:00 a.m. Sunday masses and special liturgical celebrations. The choir season runs from Labor Day to Pentecost, usually toward the end of May. This group is open to anyone high school age through adult who can carry a tune. Music-reading skills are not required, but can be helpful. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m.
Members and others interested in our Liturgical Choir, click here for more information.
These ministers lead the sung prayer of the congregation at all weekend and Holy Day masses. They also proclaim the Responsorial Psalm during the Liturgy of the Word. Cantors are scheduled on a rotating basis. 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. You must pass an audition with Mitchell Owens, our Director of Music Ministries.
Current St. Martha Cantors and others interested in becoming a Cantor, click here for more information.
St. Martha Children’s Choir ministers on Christmas Eve each year and is open to any children of the parish in grades 3 through 8, whether they attend St. Martha School or any other school. Rehearsals will begin in November each year and will be held on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
Anyone who plays any instrument is welcome to minister 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 would generally occur 30 minutes before the mass at which an instrumentalist will play. Flute, violin, oboe, trumpet, drums, guitar, harp, or any other instrument is most welcome.