Music - Liturgy


The season of Lent is almost upon us.  As we shift into this season of preparation, penance and conversion, we will be singing some musical choices that will correspond with the liturgical season to facilitate hearts and minds to prayer and to prepare the Church for Easter.

The focus of Lent is Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, the forming of those preparing for baptism, confirmation and Eucharist, and the call to transformation and rebirth for the baptized faithful.                

Beginning the 1st weekend of Lent, we will be singing a Lenten Gathering Rite which includes the recitation of the Confiteor, a sung Kyrie Eleison, and the Latin Chant Mass acclamations.  The church lights will be dimmed until the Liturgy of the Word and again during the Liturgy of the Eucharist. You will notice the absence of the Glory to God and the sung Alleluia during Lent and a simpler entrance procession with the Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors being seated prior to mass. There will be more silence, and the instrumentation will be more subdued to reflect not only the penitential season of Lent, but also the principle of “Progressive solemnity”.  This principle affects not only the nature and style of the music used at liturgies, but the timing of the music and silence as it relates to the various parts of the mass. At the end of Mass, we will not sing a dismissal song, but process out to quiet instrumental music.

These changes, including the use of Gregorian chant, and some parts of the Ordinary in Latin, is instructed in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) and approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).  The GIRM, as do all liturgical documents, state that it is “proper” to the Roman rite.

Our hope and purpose in writing this is to help all of you to take part in this Lenten journey and grow closer to Jesus. Also, to remind us of his mercy and forgiveness, and to renew our commitment to grow in our relationship with Him.  May we all pray for the conversion of hearts, humility, patience, and in all circumstances to imitate Jesus in our responsiveness to others. 

In Peace, Kris Foster – Liturgy Committee Chairman, Katie Pape – Director of Music

"God has bestowed upon His people the gift of song. God dwells within each human person, in the place where music takes its source. Indeed, God, the Giver of song, is present whenever His people sing His praises." (from "Sing to the Lord Music and Divine Worship, USCCB)

We welcome all who are interested in participating in Music Ministry at St. Mark's. 

Musicians play and sing at the following liturgies:

Saturday 5:00 P.M.
Sunday 8:30 A.M.
Sunday 11:00 A.M.
Sunday 5:00 P.M.

For more information contact Katie Pape at

We also offer a children's chorus, Voices of Joy, open to grades 2nd through 8th. For more information contact Kris Foster at 

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