Music Suggestions for Liturgy of the Word for Children: Year A | Year B | Year C
A Parish Resource
Welcome to the Music Suggestions portal of the Music Ministry website. This portal has been established to provide parish music ministers (and others who choose to visit) with a comprehensive list of music suitable for the feasts and seasons. The links above will help you navigate your way around the site, which continues to be a work in progress.
Although these lists are quite comprehensive, they are by no means able to take the place of thoughtful and contemplative preparation. We urge all music ministers to pray and reflect on the scriputures and rituals of that particular celebration before consulting these lists. OLMC music ministers should also consider the Liturgy Notes, if they have been prepared for that feast or season.
The United States Document, Music in Catholic Worship suggests that music ministers, when choosing music, make their choices based on the following judgements. Below each are some guidelines about how these judgements may apply to using this portal's music suggestions:
The Musical Judgement
When using these suggestions, ask yourself; is this quality music? Is is part of a repertoire of a variety of music styles?
The Liturgical Judgement
Does this song support the scripture of the day and/or the ritual action taking place at this time? Can the music ministers who serve at this Mass lead this song well? Would this song's level of difficultly prevent the assembly from participating in its own sung prayer?
The Pastoral Judgement
Do this community that gathers know this song? Does it give them the opportunity to express and challenge their faith? Do the words and style of this song reflect the characteristics of this celebrating community?
As this site has been primarily designed as a parish resource, it lists music that is:
The large collection of resources in Wentworthville from which these suggestions are drawn includes:
Some other collections not listed here (e.g. Catholic Worship Book) would contain songs that are also listed in the suggestions, as a number of the titles overlap between the hymnals.
We hope you find these suggestions useful and good luck in your music ministry.