By Amanda Murthy
A group of passionate young choristers from the St Mary’s Cathedral choir have this week shared some of their experiences following their contribution to the liturgical music of the Easter Tridium celebrations.
“Participating in the choir during the Holy Week helped me reflect on the life of Jesus, renew my faith in Him and understand Him better,” Zachary Gosatti said.
“When we actually take in and feel the words that the priests are saying at this time, we are really being thankful to God.
“By doing this, we can say ‘I am a follower of God’,” he added.
“Some of the songs we sang in Holy week were very solemn but then very bubbly and happy. For example “Were you there” sung on Good Friday was very down and quiet but “Hallelujah” was very loud and bright.”
Joshua Adams has been a part of the choir for more than 10 years and regards the Holy Week as wonderful and busy time of the year. He said that one of the things that he looks forward to most is playing the role of a cantor, and singing the Exultet.
Deon Fonseka echoed the sentiments of his fellow choir members, adding that Holy Week always brings a deeper meaning to him both musically and religiously.
Riley Smolic added that his family has always been very supportive toward the commitment the choir requires and learns a lot every year he takes part in the celebrations.
“The Cathedral Choir also helped me learn life skills with things that I can apply in daily life.”
“There are some pieces that take a lot of preparation such as the “Hallelujah” chorus, but the hard work pays off,” he added.
Cathedral Director of Music Jacinta Jakovcevic, who works with the young choir members hopes to encourage more young people to serve and participate in the Mass.
“I always find it a very faith-enriching experience preparing the very special music which is part of the Holy Week/Easter liturgies.
“During our rehearsals, we often chat about the texts we are singing (some of them in Latin) to better understand what the various composers were trying to express about the great mysteries of this significant period in our liturgical year.”
“In doing this, we prepare ourselves not only musically, but also from a spiritual perspective, so that in effect, we pray these texts as we sing them and endeavour to move all present into a more prayerful experience of these liturgies,” she said..