Liturgical Music for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 announced

Thursday February 16, 2012

The goal of the music programme for Eucharistic Congress 2012 is to encourage the entire assembly to participate as fully as possible in the liturgies of the week. Congregational singing is a key component in this. Particular emphasis is placed on the celebration of the Eucharist and the singing of the various parts of the Mass. These have been chosen from the anthology: Sing the Mass [Veritas 2011] produced on behalf of the National Centre for Liturgy and the Advisory Committee on Church Music. The music reflects the repertoire of both the local and the universal church so that together we can give praise and thanks to God.

The music will be led by a core choir each day with the participation of many others throughout the RDS and, on the last day, Croke Park. We hope to involve those from the four provinces of Ireland through contact with the relevant Diocesan Directors of Music and Liturgy. Visiting delegates are asked to express an interest in joining in the music programme when they register.

Local and regional rehearsals will take place after 17 April. Details will be announced locally and on this website. It is important that those who wish to participate in singing in the Congress liturgies as part of the massed choirs register for the Congress as soon as possible. We suggest that you register as a group, giving your choir name as the group name. This will allow us to place choirs appropriately in the RDS Arena. For choirs hoping to come to Croke Park only, please note that all available one-day tickets for Croke Park are being distributed via the diocesan network and contact should be made with your diocesan representative as soon as possible to see if some of these can be allocated to your group.

If you have access to Sing the Mass then you can start your community rehearsals now if you know on which day or days you intend to be present. As the core Mass parts are the most important in addition to the Congress Hymn Though We Are Many we suggest that you look at these first and use them in your own parish liturgies over the coming months.

To read more and download the IEC2012 music repertoire, please click here

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