Prayers for Church Musicians
Church Music Sunday
Prayer for Church Musicians
(The church musicians can be called to the Solea and the Priest can bless them and use the following prayer)
PRIEST: In the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. AMEN
O Heavenly Father, on this day proclaimed National Church Music Sunday by our Archdiocese, our parish recognizes the women, men, and youth in our parish who give their time and musical talent in service to You, our Lord, and to Your Church.
Bless them, O Lord, as they sing praises to You, and glorify Your Name. Let their music be a witness to Your majesty and love, and remind us all of Your presence in our lives.
Help them to bring the Word of God to our parish family through Your music, through chant and hymn singing.
Help them to fulfill all the responsibilities this music ministry requires. Giving of time and talents to learn the hymns of our faith, teaching others these musical prayers, actively participating in the dialogue of our worship, and striving to enhance the beauty of our liturgical life.
Help them to grow as disciples of the Lord by making every effort to hear the Word of God, integrate His teachings into our lives, and sharing it with others through music.
Master, Lord our God, You commanded that everything be done for Your glory. By Your blessing, stretch forth Your hand to these Your servants who sing hymns of praise for Your glory. Grant them the wisdom and ability to sing our Orthodox prayers. Grant them good health, a happy life, and bless their good efforts. For You are a gracious God and to You we give glory, together with Your Father who is eternal and Your All Holy Good and Life-giving Spirit, now and forevermore. Amen
For use at rehearsals and worship services
One of the Oldest Prayers for Chanters and Church Singers
Through the prayers of St. John the Damascene, St. Romanos the Melodist, St. John Koukouzelis, and all of our Holy Fathers, Our Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy upon us!
We pray to You to open and consecrate our spiritual and physical hearing, and give us the strength to testify with our modest mouth Your endless perfections in fullness of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.
Help us to clean ourselves, in body and soul, in clear thoughts and calm spirit, and that through singing that we dress ourselves in light of love and life, in communion with You and all the saints.
Help us to praise and glorify You through singing in a proper way, fervently praying and endlessly praising You for all the undeserved gifts that you have poured upon us, and not to sing in vanity and to judge ourselves, but to join the Angelic choirs who constantly glorify You with Your Eternal Father and with Your Most Holy, Meek, and Life-giving Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of all ages. Amen.
A Prayer for before Singing
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
O God, whose saints and angels delight to worship in heaven:
Be ever present with your servants who seek through art and music to perfect the praises offered by Your people on earth;
And grant to them even now a glimpse of Your beauty, and make them worthy at length to behold it forevermore.
Through the prayers of the Theotokos and of all the saints, have mercy on us. Amen.
A Prayer for after Singing
Bless us, O Lord, Your servants, who minister in Your Church;
Grant that what w e sing with our lips we may believe in our hearts, and what we believe in our hearts we may practice and show forth in our lives.
For unto You we offer glory, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.