He who sings, prays twice (St Augustine of Hippo, En. in Ps 72:1 - Patrologia latina 36,914).
Christchurch has a long musical tradition. We are blessed with three choirs who enrich the Sunday Masses, playing a vital role in the celebration of the Eucharist, the centre and focus of all the prayer life of the Church.
All of these choirs stand ready to welcome new members. No previous experience is necessary, just a willingness to sing. If you are interested, or if you play a musical instrument, do please contact the Parish Office.
The Children's Choir sings at the 9.30am Sunday Mass. It is led by Helen who accompanies the singing with guitar. The children are aged 7-18. Practice is on Sundays at 9.00am before the Mass.
The Chamber Choir sings at the 11.30am Mass two Sundays per month. It is led by Jenny. Its members are mostly young adults. Practice is at 10:30am on the Sundays when the choir is singing.
The Christchurch Singers sing at the 11.30am Mass two Sundays per month. It is led by Brenda who accompanies the singing on the organ. Its members are adults. Practice is on Tuesday mornings 10:30am - 12 noon, and at 10.45am on the Sundays when the choir is singing.
Sing the words and tunes of the psalms and hymns when you are together, and go on singing and chanting to the Lord in your hearts so that always and everywhere you are giving thanks to God, who is our Father, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:19-20).
The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as a combination of sacred music and words, it forms a necessary or integral part of solemn liturgy (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1156).