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“The musical tradition of the universal Church 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.” ‘Sacrosanctum Concilium’ (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. 1963)
Saint Edmund’s Parish has a strong tradition of liturgical music. There are two instrumental music groups and two organists.
Mass on Sunday morning is always celebrated with music, supported by either an organist or one of the two music groups.
The rota for music at Sunday Masses is here.
Many instrumentalists play in the music groups, including younger parishioners.
“Great importance should therefore be attached to the use of singing in the celebration of the Mass, with due consideration for the culture of peoples and abilities of each liturgical assembly. Although it is not always necessary (e.g., in weekday Masses) to sing all the texts that are in principle meant to be sung, every care should be taken that singing by the ministers and the people not be absent in celebrations that occur on Sundays and on Holydays of Obligation.”
‘The General Instruction of the Roman Missal’ Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. 2011
Instrumental music from one of Saint Edmund’s music groups:
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