". . .And so, in company with the choirs of Angels, we praise you, and with joy we proclaim:"
Every time we assemble for the Eucharistic
Liturgy, the texts of the Roman Rite urge us to join our voices
to the divine choral music of the celestial city. In an attempt
to manifest on earth hints of the heavenly choirs to come,
musical resources at St. James Cathedral are focused to an
unusual degree on choirs and groups of choirs. At more than 150
services a year, choirs support the choir of the assembly,
provide musical commentary on the texts of the Mass, and reveal
something of the eternal liturgy in heaven. The fullest image at
St. James of this celestial choral adoration is experienced on
the Feast of Corpus Christi, when all of the Cathedral choirs
join the assemblys choir, "rank on rank," in the unending hymn:
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus...