Prayers for Rehearsal

I had these prayers printed on the back of some St. Hildegard of Bingen holy cards from The Printery House (a Benedictine monastery in Missouri), and hand them out to my choir members. After the opening prayer I include a short litany: Our Lady, Queen of the Angels; St. Cecilia; St Sebastian (our parish patron); and St. Hildegard.

Prayer before rehearsal

V. O sing praises, sing praises to our God.

R. Sing praises, sing praises to our King.

Let us pray:

O Lord God Almighty, whose glory the cherubim and seraphim and all the hosts of heaven with ceaseless voice proclaim, hear and accept, we humbly beseech Thee, the praises of Thy church below; and pour down upon those who serve Thee in choir such a spirit of faith, reverence, and joy as will lift both our hymns and our lives unto Thee; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer after rehearsal

V. Blessed are they who dwell in Thy house;

R. They will be always praising Thee.

Let us pray:

O God, whom all the joyful companies of heaven laud and adore, grant that what we sing with our lips we may believe with our hearts; and what we believe with our hearts we may show forth in our lives, to the increase of Thy Kingdom on Earth, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.


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