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Liturgical music for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress Download PDF

ViolinThe music programme for the Congress encourages everyone in the congregation to participate as much as possible in the liturgies during 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.

A core choir will lead the music each day with the participation of many others gathered in the RDS and, on the final day, in Croke Park. We hope to involve choirs and singers 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 17th April. Details will be announced locally and on this website.

It is important for choirs to register for the Congress as soon as possible if you wish to sing in the Congress liturgies as part of the massed choirs. 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. When your choir has booked as a group to attend the Congress, please write to us by email and we will inform the musical director. Read more about group bookings for the Congress

For choirs hoping to only attend Statio Orbis in Croke Park, please note that all available one day places for Croke Park will be distributed via the diocesan network. You need to contact your diocesan representative to see if some places can be allocated to your group. Read more about the diocesan representatives in Ireland who are allocating places for the Statio Orbis.

If you have access to Sing the Mass, 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 these in your own parish liturgies over the coming months.

Information is available about the liturgical music which will be used on each day of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress. Download liturgical music for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress.

Music in the Liturgy
The music that we use in our liturgies, including the lyrics, is an integral element of our worship of God. It is intended to express the praise and petition, the sorrow and thanksgiving of God’s people.

The church places great emphasis on the contribution of music to our liturgies. The General Instruction states that 'song is the sign of the heart's joy.'

Read more about how music enhances our worship and our liturgies.

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