Sacred music at St. Augustine is diverse in style but is firmly rooted in the Catholic choral tradition. There are many opportunities for musicians of all ages and abilities to participate in this extensive choral program.
St. Augustine has a long tradition of excellence in Sacred Music. During the Holy Mass we “take part in a foretaste of that heavenly liturgy which is celebrated in the holy city of Jerusalem toward which we journey as pilgrims, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God” We “venerate the memory of the saints and hope for some part and fellowship with them” We also “wait for the day when our Lord will appear again in glory.” (1)
For this reason, the music that accompanies the Holy Mass, Sacred Music, 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” (2) The church desires to preserve this precious treasure and foster it with great care. (3) Sacred Music must always add delight to prayer, foster unity of minds and add greater solemnity to the liturgical actions during mass. (4)
From the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy: “Sacrosanct Concilium” (SC) approved by the fathers of the Second Vatican Council and promulgated by Blessed Paul VI in 1963. (1) SC 8 (2) SC 112 (a) (3) SC 114 (4) SC 112 (b
“He who sings prays twice” – St. Augustine