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Music Ministers' Resources
In this section, you will find resources available to Saint James Church music ministers.


Cantor Schedule
Please select the following link to access the Cantor Schedule document in Microsoft Excel 1997-2003 Workbook format:

Saints James Church Choirs, Cantors, and Instrumentalists
The people of Saint James Church are invited to share their God-given musical talents in an enthusiastic, prayerful, and dedicated sacred music ministry. A place is always available for both professional and amateur musicians to sustain the musical excellence of the Saint James Church choirs ad maiorem Dei gloriam (“for the greater glory of God”). Music is an integral part of Catholic Mass and is one way to facilitate the fully conscious and active participation of the Faithful. Saint James Church is blessed to have many talented choristers, cantors, and instrumentalists to enrich its liturgies. While our liturgies incorporate those songs common to Roman Rite Catholic churches in the United States, the liturgical music is informed by and often includes the chants of the Graduale Romanum—the Church's official book for the choir.


Jubilate Deo Choir
The Jubilate Deo (“shout joyfully to the Lord”) Choir sings music specific to the choir and also provides congregational song support when singing the 8:15 AM and 11:15 AM Sunday Masses and the Masses of Solemnities and Feasts. All are invited to participate; previous choral experience is not necessary to join. Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM.

Handbell Choir
The Saint James Church Handbell Choir, which presides over four-and-a-half octaves of handbells and three octaves of handchimes, is made up of eight to eleven players. This choir frequently plays during Masses but may also perform for the community in a non-liturgical context such as the Festival of Trees at the Everson Museum. Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 PM. Players must be able to read music.

Requiem Choir
The Requiem (“rest”) Choir provides music for funeral and memorial Masses, which usually take place on weekday mornings. No rehearsals are necessary for each Mass, but the choir does rehearse as needed a few times each year. Requiem Choir members are notified of funeral and memorial Mass times and music by e-mail and telephone.

Cantors and Psalmists
Some members of the choir may be invited by the Director of Music to minister as a cantor or psalmist during Masses. The cantor is a leader of most congregational song during liturgies. The psalmist proclaims the Psalm after the First Reading and leads the congregation in singing its response. The ministries of cantor and psalmist are usually entrusted to the same person during a Mass at Saint James Church. Those who would like to cantor and are willing to participate in choir are welcome to audition to become a cantor as well. Completion of the cantor training program is required. Cantors and psalmists attend Wednesday evening choir rehearsals at 7:00 PM and remain after the general choir is dismissed to learn music specific to their ministries such as the Responsorial Psalm and Gospel Verse.

Liturgical Instrumentalists
Guitarists, flautists, clarinetists, and other instrumentalists are invited to accompany the choir. Rehearsals with the choir are mandatory.

Combined Choirs
Vocalists and instrumentalists in all Saint James Church choirs join with musicians from our sister parishes in southern Syracuse, Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint Anthony of Padua, to provide music for Thanksgiving Day Mass, Holy Thursday Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, and the Solemn Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday. Musicians from Saint James Church may also participate in the Festival Choir of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception along with musicians from all over the Diocese of Syracuse. The Festival Choir sings at major liturgical celebrations at the Cathedral. Musical rehearsals for liturgies involving combined choirs typically occur in conjunction with regular Wednesday evening rehearsals, but additional rehearsals including the musicians from our sister parishes or elsewhere in the Diocese may be scheduled as needed.


Order of Liturgy (Music Schedule)
The Order of Liturgy document contains orders of liturgy for each Sunday Mass and Masses of Solemnities and Feasts for the current liturgical year. It should not be considered as finalized for a period greater than four weekends from today even though weekends for the entire liturgical year are listed. When printing an order of liturgy for a particular Mass, make sure to select Page Range > Pages and enter only the numbers of the pages you would like to print in the corresponding field. Please select the followcess the Order of Liturgy document in Microsoft Word 1997-2003 Document format:


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