The 2023 Walk for Life West Coast Mass will feature something special: a newly-composed choral setting of the Mass, written to showcase the clear voices of the St. Brigid School Choir, following in the tradition of Gregorian chant but with a contemporary and Renaissance flair.
The Mass will be sung in English, Spanish and Latin.
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone commissioned the Mass from composer Christopher Mueller, former free-lance jazz musician, now longtime church choirmaster and music director.
“The Archbishop wanted a Mass specifically to celebrate the gift of human life,” said Mueller, a married father of three. Because it is a Mass for Life, the Archbishop also wanted the music of the Mass be written for the choir program at St. Brigid School. “He wanted a pro-life Mass to be written for children’s voices, to heighten the emotionality of the liturgy for those in attendance.”
“How powerful it is for people to pray a Mass with beautiful music,” said Mueller, “It has the power to lift up people’s hearts and minds; to give them a sense of something that is transcendent and prayerful.”
Full story at Archdiocese of San Francisco website.