Involving visitors - music of First Holy Communion

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Involving visitors - music of First Holy Communion

Post by sjgc » Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:33 pm

Involving visitors in the music of First Holy Communion

Thinking ahead to the year’s liturgies, I wonder if anyone has some practical advice borne of experience as to how best to involve the many visitors who join us for First Holy Communion (for example grandparents, aunts and uncles) in singing joyfully and wholeheartedly when not overly familiar with church music.

We already make the music accessible in a welcoming booklet typeset to a good quality. We include just about all the music including the hymns and parts of the Mass, music dots as well as words (ensuring we have the appropriate licences).

I wonder what more we can be doing, perhaps ahead of the day and thinking about how to reach people. So, any pointers? Your thoughts very welcome.

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Post by organist » Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:15 pm

I do not have to play for these services any more but a good booklet is an excellent start. It helps a lot if the clergy sing. An animator who can welcome everyone and go through some short responses beforehand helps too. Having a choir also helps! Responsorial settings are a good idea. Use settings the parishioners know well. Often what is known in school is completely unfamiliar! :)

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Re: Involving visitors - music of First Holy Communion

Post by VML » Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:40 pm

A singing celebrant does help, as I know from my daughter's parish. And PP there not only goes through responses vocally, but also, at FHC, makes clear that this is a solemn and holy occasion, not a photo opportunity. No cameras during Mass at all.

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Re: Involving visitors - music of First Holy Communion

Post by alan29 » Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:02 am

Yep. No cameras or phones, re-enforced at key points. Provide photo ops at the end.
And if the children know what they are doing and are well-behaved and joining in, the parents usually take their cue from them.

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