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From The Organ Bench - Getting to Know Our St. Joseph Cantors

The word cantor is from mid-16th century Latin canere ‘to sing’. In the earliest days of the church this person was called the psalmist and it was always a young boy. In fact, before one could be ordained to the priesthood, he must have served as a psalmist, something of a rite of passage to the priesthood.

Currently, there are six active St. Joseph cantors: Thomas Blake, Curran Bramhall, Dr. Michael Dickson, Semaj Digby, Kate Maroney, and Briona Robinson. St. Joseph cantors are responsible to sing the Introit before the opening hymn, lead the singing of the Kyrie, sing the verses of the Responsorial Psalm and Gospel Acclamation, and the antiphons during the preparation of the gifts and at communion.

Stay tuned to From the Organ Bench during the summer months as we help you put a name with a face! Brad Cunningham, Organist


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