Music for the TV Mass:
We have 29:30 for the entire Mass. This limits the amount and length of music. However, we want your group to sing as much as possible. We ask that you refer to the Musicians Information Worksheet (above) when you create your song list. The music ought to always be chosen in continuity with the liturgy of the day, so please take time to prepare.
Overall, we aim for quality over quantity in music. Please sing music your group knows well. Also remember that the audience of this Mass is usually homebound – traditional or familiar songs will be comforting.
Please complete the “TV Mass Musicians Information Worksheet” and submit it to the Office of Worship a week before the taping for which you are scheduled. Please fill out the worksheet completely, particularly the timings for each piece of music (including intros) as that helps the technicians in the booth to direct the cameras.
Three Important Notes:
- We do not have an assembly present for these liturgies, so your choir or group must participate clearly in all spoken responses (“Amen” “And with your spirit” “Thanks be to God” etc.).
- Singers and musicians should look up, smile and relax as much as possible. This will come across to our viewers at home, making the celebration of the Mass more participatory to them.
- Your choir or group should prepare to sing the psalm of the day or an appropriate psalm for the season that fits with the First Reading for that Sunday. (Please do not read or alternate with the lector.) Typically, there is only time for 2 verses with refrains.
We ask that your group bring with you one of your parish lectors. The lector should be one who lectors regularly in your parish. The lector needs to proclaim the Word in a sure and steady voice, looking up to give good eye contact with cameras during the Liturgy of the Word. If you are unable to bring a lector, please contact the Office of Worship and someone will be scheduled through the office.
The lector proclaims the following readings/prayers during the liturgy:
In the Event of an Emergency:
If weather or another emergency prevents you from arriving at the Pastoral Center in St. Cloud by 5:30 p.m., please call the Office of Worship by 3:00 p.m., (320) 255-9068.