At Christ Church Cathedral, the connection between spirit and song is well established. The Anglican choral tradition has been maintained here throughout the centuries and singing continues to be a regular part of services. Did you know that singing is good for your health? Would you like to know how far (or how high) the Cathedral choir would go to uplift the community in difficult times? Read on and discover why music is one of the pillars of the Cathedral’s ministry and how your donations to the Major Fundraising Campaign can help keep the tradition alive.
“Those who sing pray twice.” St. Augustine of Hippo
According to the authors of The Anglican Musical Tradition: Introduction, in the Anglican Church, song is akin to prayer. One sings not to entertain, but to join with others in an offering to God. Moreover, this connection is considered to work both ways: given that God created the elements of music (time, tone and timbre), composers use divine tools when they, in turn, create. The Church also considers that as it is a means of communion and communication, song is an attribute of God made manifest in the world. Anglican theology also recognizes that music serves to connect us with the divine and with each other. In the context of services and celebrations, it is the free will offering of a congregation that opens it up to receive the Grace of God. Continue reading “Choirs at Christ Church Cathedral: Connecting to the divine through song”