Music is a vital expression of our worship at The Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross, and we incorporate many types and styles that reflects the diversity of our parish. As organist and choir master at Holy Cross, I believe that we should meet people where they are in their former worship experiences, and then broaden their repertoire base of musical expressions to include; the old hymns “ancient and modern,” gospel music, Caribbean musical influences, and contemporary songs that line up with liturgical traditions that are part of our Anglo-Catholic practice. The scriptural premise for this can be found in the book of Colossians:
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish on another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
Whether you are in the “greater choir” (the congregation) or the Chancel Choir, you have an opportunity to lift your voice in praise, adoration, and thanksgiving as your personal and corporate act of worship of the living God.
Lift every voice and sing till earth and heaven ring,
ring with the harmonies of liberty.
Let our rejoicing rise high as the listening skies;
let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us;
sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
let us march on, till victory is won.
~James Weldon Johnson
Join us in true worship of the Living God.
The primary role of the choir is to lead and support the congregation’s worship through music. Music is a major part in our worship.
Our Chancel Choir sings at the 11 am service and at special liturgies for Christmas, and Easter to name a few. Rehearsals for the Chancel Choir are Saturday mornings at 11:00AM except July and August which are holiday months.