One cannot find anything more religious and more joyful in sacred celebrations than a whole congregation expressing its faith and devotion in song. (Instruction on Music in the Liturgy, Musicam Sacram 16)
usic is an integral part of liturgical and parish life at St Basil's, Toronto. The ministry of music belongs first of all to the assembly, as an outward expression of full, active, and conscious participation in the liturgy. In this the assembly is guided and accompanied by cantors, choir, and instrumentalists.
This website is designed:
a) To support the work of the music ministers at St Basil's.
b) To provide information to the parish at large about music programs and repertoire.
Use the links to the left to find lists of music for Sunday masses and other principal liturgies, and information about the choral music in use at St Basil's.
Saint Basil's Choir
The choir sings for the 10.30am Sunday Eucharist (September - June) and for major feasts of the Church year. Our repertoire includes Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, spirituals, and traditional and contemporary anthems and hymns. A highlight of the choir season is its annual celebration of Advent Vespers on the First Sunday of Advent.
Choir members commit to regular rehearsals on Thursday evenings (7pm - 9pm) and Sunday mornings (9.45am) as well as extraordinary rehearsals prior to Christmas and the Easter Triduum and other special occasions.
We normally recruit new voices in September; all interested singers are asked to leave contact details (including email) at the Parish Office.
Cantors proclaim the word of God in the singing of the psalms and lead the singing of the assembly at all Sunday liturgies throughout the year, and for major feasts. Cantors may also provide leadership for weddings, funerals and other liturgical celebrations. Cantors are normally recruited through the choir; for more information, please contact the Parish Office.
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