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Music: A Communion Antiphon

Music Ministry News | 2018.07.13

This Sunday as we celebrate the Fifteenth Sunday in ordinary time, our communion antiphon, Psalm 84 (83) 4-5 extolls:

The sparrow even finds a home,
the swallow finds a nest wherein to place her young,
near to your altars, Lord of Hosts,
My King, my God! How happy they who dwell in your house! Forever they are praising you.

Our core choir at St. Mary’s examines this theme at 8 a.m. mass in a beautiful setting of Brother James’ Air How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place, arranged for choir, violin and piano by Don Michael Dicie. We will continue to examine the theme of finding a home as we invite the congregation to join us in singing Jesus Christ, Homeless One (Breaking Bread #613):

Jesus Christ, homeless one, make your home within us.
Jesus Christ, homeless one, may we find our true home in you.

Our core choir will be dividing into quartets after the 8 a.m. mass at St. Mary’s and will sing at Holy Family at 10 a.m. as well as at St. Charles at both 10 a.m. and noon masses Sunday.


This Sunday is our inaugural musical Sunday Salon at the Serra Center as we feature one of our parish violinists, Matt Mazzei, who will share a wide variety of beautiful music by Mozart, Rachmaninov, Gershwin, John Williams, Massenet, as well as a Mexican love song and a lively tango! The Sunday salons are free admission and will be held monthly at 3 p.m..

Our next Salon, August 19, will feature members of our core choir.

Matthew Mazzei has been studying, performing and teaching violin for more than twenty years. He attained his Bachelor’s and Master of Arts degrees in music at CSUF, performs as contracted first violinist with the Fresno Philharmonic, and has been a featured soloist with the Philharmonic as sell as with Fresno State Symphony, Fresno Community Orchestra and Kings Country Symphony.

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