Tomorrow, November 22, we celebrate the feast day of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians. I’ve made no secret on this blog about my insistence that music and singing must be a part of our catechetical ministry. I also believe that we have a largely untapped embarrassment of riches right under our noses in the form of young people who are adept at playing various instruments such as cello, flute, classical guitar, or piano. These young people can be called upon to provide inspirational instrumental music for our liturgies and prayer services throughout the year: as people gather, after a Scripture reading, after a homily, after Communion, or as people are leaving. Why not have a young person performing instrumental music as participants enter the building for faith formation sessions? Now, THAT would be a touch of class!
We need to find creative ways of welcoming the gifts of young people and placing them in the service of God’s people. Through the intercession of St. Cecilia, may we increase our efforts to foster vocations as Church musicians, so that we can continually and robustly praise God in song at every opportunity!