Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I hope that you all are having a happy and healthy summer!
These last four months have been a big adjustment for all of us: a time of uncertainty and the unknown. Changing our style of work, school, and life required a lot of patience and flexibility from all members of each family. It also applied to our church family. It began with questions such as: What can we do? How can we reach out to our church community during this time of quarantine?
We started streaming weekend Masses, hoping that this would keep us all together. Now, we not only stream the weekend Masses, but Fr. Terry visits you, digitally, in your homes with daily liturgies as well.
For me, who serves you with music, it is challenging to encourage you not to sing during Masses. Our St. Noel parish is well known for its love of singing. I also feel a need to bring you more music even if you are unable to come to church.
Because of this, I would like to direct you to a St. Noel Choir recording with the hope that our sound will make you feel happy, more connected with one another, and more encouraged to sing with us at home. Some of the songs are well known, and others are not. Please enjoy our joyful noise and be assured that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers.
This week, please listen (and sing) to O God Beyond All Praising by G. Holst. This recording is from a 2018 performance during Jubilation – A Church Choir Festival at St. John Evangelist Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio.
Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek
Director of Music Ministry
O God Beyond All Praising
O God beyond all praising, we worship you today
and sing the love amazing that songs cannot repay;
for we can only wonder at every gift you send,
at blessings without number and mercies without end:
we lift our hearts before you and wait upon your word,
we honor and adore you, our great and mighty Lord.
Then hear, O gracious Savior, accept the love we bring,
that we who know your favor may serve you as our king;
and whether our tomorrows be filled with good or ill,
we’ll triumph through our sorrows and rise to bless you still:
to marvel at your beauty and glory in your ways,
and make a joyful duty our sacrifice of praise.