“I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live” (Psalm 104:33).Psalm 104:3
But when will we be able to sing again in church?
I have long sung lustily and croakily and in the wrong place and always find that the service is less uplifting when the organist or the choir are off.
But that is what we’ll have to put up with when our churches reopen, initially for private prayer and funerals.
The sound of a stirring choir has lifted me in cathedrals and smaller churches on all the pilgrimages I have been on… A pilgrim’s prayer, Small roads lead to Rome, The Lourdes prayer and What’s the story, Medjugorje? Wouldn’t you like to know.
There is a gravitas to the singing as the botafumeiro swings from side to side in St James’s Cathedral during the Pilgrims’ Mass at the end of your Camino Ways walk http://www.caminoways.com.
But the real stirring stuff comes from the black gospel singers on the other side of the Atlantic.
And yes, I know we have them over here but they’re not in the same number.
I’d been chasing the choirs unsuccessfully on my travels and was disappointed to have to miss the Southern choir in Jackson, Mississippi https://www.deep-south-usa.com and The Promised Land because our flights back through Texas clashed with the choir.
Mas took precedent over Mass during Crop Over on Barbados http://www.visitbarbados.org. And Mas is a party.
But I did get to take in said choir in Anaheim https://disneyland.disney.go.com/destinations/disneyland/ at our street breakfast party http://www.visitcalifornia.com.
Before finally getting to a church in Tobago https://www.visittobago.gov.tt Ready, steady GOAT… racing in Tobago.
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