Music Director Alejandro Zuleta and Choir Leader Cristina Maria Castro at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights believe that music is the best medicine to bring parishioners back to the pews following the Covid pandemic.
Thomas Wolfe famously said that you can’t go home again, but that rule never applied to Thomas Marchesiello, the director of music and liturgy at St. Ephrem’s Roman Catholic Church in Dyker Heights.
Much like Thanksgiving, Easter does not have hundreds of songs to help commemorate the holiday. While there’s no “White Christmas” or “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” there is “Easter Parade” and “Here Comes Peter Cottontail,” along with dozens of sacred songs that celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord.
At a time when enjoying choir music in churches is banned almost everywhere in the world due to COVID-19 restrictions, two young German tenors recorded a series of songs inspired by Christ’s passion and his resurrection in an empty St. Peter’s Basilica, with new songs being released every day from Wednesday until Easter Sunday.
Months after her performance at DeSales Media Group’s World Communication Day in May, Kei-Landa headlines #MissionPossible, a youth-empowerment event. Get to know more about this month’s featured artist including her latest music!
Dear Editor: I write concerning the opinions expressed by some regarding opposition to the music being played during Mass in some churches. I think many of the chants, regulations and prayers in the Church have come from rules and traditions handed down through the years. Many of them have nothing to do with Christ’s teachings while on Earth. Jesus did not sing Gregorian Chant or pray written prayers. He would have prayed extemporaneously from the heart to God.