Music and Liturgy
Opening Our Hearts to God
The liturgy brings us together and teaches us to love the Lord and to follow his commandment to love one another. Likewise, music can open our hearts to God and help us learn to serve our neighbors, cooperate, and live together in peace. A well-run Music and Liturgy Department at Our Lady of the Lake will lead to deeper prayer, greater devotion to Jesus, more acts of kindness, and more moments of friendship and fellowship within our parish community.
Drawing People into the Liturgy
The liturgy is literally an inspirational event, a movement of the Holy Spirit in the Church that combines prayer, sacrament, song, psalmody, and preaching. To prepare for each Sunday liturgy we study the weekly Scriptures, choose appropriate music to reinforce the message, and prepare the singers and players to give their best presentation of the music. We would like to see more people get involved as lectors, cantors, altar servers, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, choir members, instrumentalists, and more. Anyone with a love of music should be able to use it to praise God and serve the Church.
Serving in the Liturgy
- Mass Coordinator
- Extraordinary Ministers
- Leader for Children’s Liturgy of the Word
- Altar Care
- Altar Server
- Art and Environment
- Cross Bearer
- Gift Bearer
- Liturgy Choir
- Resurrection Choir
- Teen Instrumentalists and Singers
- Children’s Choir
- Hand Bells
- Adult Instrumentalists
Many of you have seen (and probably even used) the new Pew Supplement. It has the “Mass for Our Lady of the Lake” (composed by me), which includes the words and music to the Gloria, the Alleluia, the Holy Holy, the Memorial Acclamations, the Great Amen, and the Lamb of God. The supplement also contains all the Psalm refrains through September 2, with words and music (and all the Psalm verses). These Psalm settings were also composed by me. I am a composer, and more than anything I want you to be able to sing this music in Mass.
The seasons change over the course of the Church year, and so does the music and the Mass parts. I will be creating Pew Supplements for each liturgical season, including whichever Mass we are using and the Psalms. This is a big project, but it is been a long time coming. I am very excited to bring all this music to print so we can all use our voices with whatever singing ability we have to sing praise, joy, and love to our God. We all know that if you do not have the tools to quickly learn a Psalm refrain, you will probably just watch the cantor sing it. It is so much more gratifying to sing together. So I urge you to use the supplement and sing together!
Carol McAndrew, Director of Music and Liturgy
Special Events Beyond the Liturgy
The Music and Liturgy Department would also like to create special events outside of the liturgy that will inspire us through music, speakers, workshops, day events, theatrical productions, and even hiking in and around Holland and the Lakeshore region.