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Dear Parishioners,
Saint Rocco Church: Music Director, Theresa Bissex. She will officially start her position in November, but she will be helping out in the coming weeks as her schedule permits. We are all excited and amazed that such an excellent candidate should have come to us so quickly as I had feared it might have taken a long time to find someone. Theresa brings a range of expertise as organist, choir director and vocalist.



It bears repeating that I am grateful toRoseanne Sheehan, who have regularly provided us with musical accompaniment for the Liturgy .

 

Music Ministry
Ministero di Musica
   
PRAYER TO ST. CECILIA
“Patroness of Musicians”
PREGHIERA A S. CECILIA
"Patrona dei musicisti"
O glorious saint, who chose to die instead of denying your King, we pray you please to help us as His praise we sing. We lift our hearts in joyous song to honor Him this way,
while we sing, remembering, to sing is to doubly pray.
At once in our hearts and on our tongues we offer double prayer sent heavenward on winged notes to praise God dwelling there.While in our hearts and tongues we try with song to praise God twice, we ask dear saint, to help us be united close to Christ!
Amen
O Santo glorioso, che ha scelto di morire invece di negare il vostro re, noi preghiamo, preghiamo di aiutarci come sua lode che cantiamo. Noi sollevare i nostri cuori nella canzone gioiosa per onorarlo in questo modo,
mentre noi cantiamo, ricordando, a cantare è doppiamente pregare.
Allo stesso tempo, nei nostri cuori e sulle nostre lingue offriamo doppia preghiera inviata cielo sulle note alati di lodare Dio dimora c'. Mentre nei nostri cuori e lingue cerchiamo con la canzone a lodare Dio due volte, chiediamo caro Santo, per aiutarci a essere Uniti vicino a Cristo!
Amen

THE MUSIC MINISTRY OF
THE CHURCH OF ST. ROCCO

Our parish is the National Italian Parish of the Diocese or Rockville Centre and, as such, our adult choir consists of both Italian and American members who, together, proudly sing in prayer to praise and glorify God.

Saint Rocco Church: Music Director, Theresa Bissex. She will officially start her position in November, but she will be helping out in the coming weeks as her schedule permits. We are all excited and amazed that such an excellent candidate should have come to us so quickly as I had feared it might have taken a long time to find someone. Theresa brings a range of expertise as organist, choir director and vocalist.

IL MINISTERO DI MUSICA DELLA
CHIESA DI SAN ROCCO

Nostra parrocchia è la nazionale italiana parrocchia della diocesi o Rockville Centre e, come tale, nostro coro adulto è composto da membri italiani e americani che, insieme, orgogliosamente cantano nella preghiera di lode e glorificare Dio.

San Rocco Chiesa: direttore musicale, Theresa Bissex. Lei inizierà ufficialmente la sua posizione nel mese di novembre, ma lei sarà dare una mano nelle prossime settimane, come i suoi permessi di pianificazione. Siamo tutti eccitati e stupito che un tale ottimo candidato avrebbe dovuto venire da noi così rapidamente come avevo temuto che potrebbe aver preso molto tempo per trovare qualcuno. Theresa porta una gamma di competenze come organista, direttore di coro e vocalist.

 

“ Alleluia! Alleluia! Let the holy anthem rise, and the choirs of heaven chant it in the temple of the skies. Let the mountains sing with gladness and the joyful valleys ring with hosannas in the highest to our Savior and our King!”

"Alleluia! Alleluia! Lasciate che l'ascesa di inno sacro, e i cori dei cieli lo chant nel tempio del cielo. Let Monti cantare con letizia e l'anello di gioiosa valli con Osanna nel più alto al nostro Salvatore e il nostro re!"

"Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day."
1 Chronicles 16:22-24

"I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High."
Psalm 7:16-17

"I will sing the LORD’s praise, for he has been good to me."
Psalm 13:5-6



SAINT CECILIA
“Patroness of Musicians"

Saint Feast Day: November 22
1924 marked the start of construction on what we know as the north wing of St. Cecelia's Church. The first Mass celebrated in the still incomplete edifice was at midnight on Christmas Day.

Cost of construction was borne largely by Robert S. Brown, a wealthy Detroit industrialist. His wife became an active worker in the church. In recognition of the Browns' great generosity, the name of the saint chosen to be patron of the new church—St. Cecelia—was the name of his daughter, Cecelia Brown.

The Story of St. CeciliaPatron Saint of Music & Musicians
The story of Saint Cecilia is not without beauty and merit. There was in the city of Rome a virgin named Cecilia, who was given in marriage to a youth named Valerian. She wore sackcloth next to her skin, and fasted, and invoked the saints and angels, beseeching them to guard her virginity. And she said to her husband, " I will tell you a secret if you will swear not to reveal it to anyone." And when he swore, she added, "There is an angel who watches me, and wards off from me any who would touch me." He said, "Dearest, if this is true, show me the angel." Cecilia replied, "That can only be if you will believe in God, and be baptized."

She sent him to Pope S. Urban (0223-0230), who baptized Valerian; and when he returned, he found Cecilia deep in prayer in her chamber. To Valerian's delight, he saw an angel with flaming wings praying with her. The angel then placed crowns of roses and lilies on both of their heads, and then vanished. Shortly after, Tibertius, the brother of Valerian, came to visit. He wondered where the fragrance of beautiful flowers was coming from at that season of the year. When he heard the story of how they had attained the crowns, he also consented to be baptized.

At that time, the Romans were killing Christians daily. Valerian and his brother devoted themselves to giving proper burials to the martyrs. Eventually, they were arrested, and when they refused to sacrifice to the Roman gods, they were martyred by the sword. Cecilia buried them at her villa.

Meanwhile, Cecilia continued her ministry of preaching the Gospel. Her evangelization efforts brought about 400 people to conversion, whom she sent to the pope for baptisms. Then she was arrested, and condemned to be suffocated in the Roman baths. She was shut in a fire-filled room for a night and a day, but this did not kill her. When the fires were fueled to a roar, Cecilia did not even perspire.

An executioner was ordered to cut off her head. He tried three times without success. He gave up and left her to bleed to death. She survived for three days. Amazed crowds came to visit her. They collected her blood with napkins and sponges. She preached to them and prayed until she died. Pope Urban and his deacons buried her next to her husband.

Sometime between 817 and 821, Pope Paschal I saw in a dream that the body of Saints Cecilia and Valerian were interred in the cemetery of Saint Celestas. He went looking for them, discovered their graves, and took their bodies to the church of Saint Cecilia in Rome. He founded a monastery in their honor. In 1599, Cecilia's tomb was opened and her body was found to be incorrupt. Saint Cecilia is regarded as the patroness of music (because of the story that she heard music in her heart when she was married), and is represented in art with an organ or organ-pipes in her arms.  
-source: St.Ceclia Catholic church website: http://www.stceceliachurch.org/saint/-

SANTA CECILIA
"Patrono di musica e musicisti"

Giorno di festa di Saint: 22 novembre
1924 segnò l'inizio della costruzione su quello che sappiamo come l'ala nord della Chiesa di St Cecelia. La prima messa celebrata nell'edificio ancora incompleto era alla mezzanotte del giorno di Natale. Costo di costruzione è stato sopportato in gran parte da Robert S. Brown, un ricco industriale di Detroit. Sua moglie è diventato un lavoratore attivo nella Chiesa. In riconoscimento di grande generosità 'Browns, il nome del Santo scelto per essere il patrono della nuova chiesa — St Cecelia — era il nome di sua figlia, Cecelia Brown.

La storia di Santa Cecilia Patrono di musica e musicisti
La storia di Santa Cecilia non è senza bellezza e merito. C'era la città di Roma una Vergine Cecilia denominata, che fu data in sposa ad un giovane di nome valeriana. Indossava sacco accanto alla sua pelle e digiunato e richiamato Santi e angeli, implorano loro di guardia la verginità. E ha detto a suo marito, "vi dirò un segreto se si giureranno di non rivelarla a nessuno." E quando ha giurato, ha aggiunto, "c'è un angelo che mi orologi e reparti da me qualsiasi che toccherebbe a me". Egli ha detto, "Dearest, se questo è vero, mi mostra l'Angelo." Cecilia ha risposto, "Che può essere solo se credono in Dio e saranno battezzati."


Lei lo inviò a Papa s. urbano (0223-0230), battezzato valeriana; e quando è tornato, ha trovato la preghiera di profondità in Cecilia nella sua camera. Con grande gioia di valeriana, vide un angelo con le ali fiammeggiante pregando con lei. L'Angelo poi messo corone di rose e gigli su entrambi i loro capi e poi scomparve. Poco dopo, Tibertius, fratello di valeriana, è venuto a visitare. Si chiedeva dove la fragranza dei fiori bellissimi era venuta da a quella stagione dell'anno. Quando ha sentito la storia di come essi avevano raggiunto le corone, anche acconsentito di essere battezzato.
A quel tempo, i romani stavano uccidendo i cristiani al giorno. Valeriana e suo fratello si erano dedicati a dare corretta sepolture di martiri. Alla fine, essi sono stati arrestati, e quando essi si rifiutò di sacrificare agli dèi romani, essi furono martirizzati con la spada. Cecilia li sepolto nella sua villa.

Nel frattempo, Cecilia continuò il suo ministero della predicazione del Vangelo. I suoi sforzi di evangelizzazione ha portati circa 400 persone alla conversione, che ha mandata al Papa per i battesimi. Poi lei fu arrestata e condannata a essere soffocato in Terme romane. Lei era chiuso in una stanza piena di fuoco per una notte e un giorno, ma questo non ucciderla. Quando gli incendi sono stati alimentati a un ruggito, Cecilia non ha fatto sudare anche.

Un boia fu ordinato di tagliare la testa. Egli tentò tre volte senza successo. Abbandonò e lasciata a sanguinare a morte. Sopravvisse per tre giorni. Stupito folle vennero a farle visita. Hanno raccolto il suo sangue con tovaglioli e spugne. Lei predicava a loro e pregato fino a quando lei morì. Papa Urbano e i suoi diaconi lei sepolta accanto a suo marito.

A volte tra 817 e 821, Papa Pasquale ho visto in sogno che il corpo di Santi Cecilia e Valeriano vennero sepolti nel cimitero di Saint celeste. Andò alla ricerca di loro, scoperto le loro tombe e ha preso i loro corpi alla Chiesa di Santa Cecilia a Roma. Egli fondò un monastero in loro onore. Nel 1599, tomba di Cecilia fu aperta e il suo corpo è stato trovato ad per essere incorrotto. Santa Cecilia è considerato come patrona della musica (a causa della storia che ha sentito musica nel suo cuore, quando lei era sposata) ed è rappresentato nell'arte con un organo o canne d'organo in braccio.
-della Chiesa cattolica di San Ceclia::http://www.stceceliachurch.org/saint/ -

   


Music Ministry: Church Choirs


We encourage anyone interested in joining, we welcome new members into our music family.

'He who sings prays twice'
or
'Qui bene cantat bis orat'.

"Liturgical music, executed with skill, makes beauty present. It should lift our hearts and minds to God. All the musicians and singers must harmonize to praise, to glorify and to thank God with one voice to achieve this end. we encourages the whole congregation to sing in the worship of God."


Saint Rocco Church Childrens Choir (click to enlarge)

 

 


 

 


Choir members and parishioners from Saint Rocco's and Saint Patrick's Perform a Christmas Concert
At The Marquis rehabilitation center.

 

 


 

 

 


Saint Rocco Church Adult Choir (click to enlarge)

 


 

Photographs... (more in the photogallery)


Children's Choir at the Christmas Concert with: Father Elias, Maureen and Luigi


 




The Saint Rocco Feast Choir & Our Musical Director, Maureen Playing The Organ

 


 

 

 

 

 



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On Youtube:
"Attende Domine" in Latin.
"Abide With Me"
    by Henry Lyte 1847;
    "But Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world,      and it is certain we can carry nothing out." 1 Timothy 6:6-7
"Hallelujah" - Choir of King's College, Cambridge live performance of Handel's Messiah
"How Great Thou Art";
(or in concert)
   
A great song by Elvis Presley for The King of Kings. Just listen to this  beautiful song...
            And Remember: God is love!

Amazing Grace
Ave Maria -sung by Luciano Pavarotti -
AVE MARIA sung by Andrea Bocelli
Ave María sung by Celine Dion (in english)
Ave Maria (Bach/Gounoud)
at Jenny Ewingtons singers concert, sung by Jonathan Antoine
'O Holy Night'
sung by; Jonathan and Charlotte, performerd live in London ...at the station
The Prayer or on the BBC has talent Show
, then there is the original interview & audition
Santa Lucia
sung by; Jonathan Antoine & Russell Watson. At the Blackpool Opera House
O Sole Mia



I want to extend my gratitude to Maureen on behalf of the whole parish and my religious community for her efforts as Music Director untill 2016.
Maureen Husing came to us from the First Presbyterian Church in Glen Cove, where she has worked for twenty-two years. A Saint Gertrude’s parishioner in Bayville, Maureen is an accomplished organist and choir director who is very excited about building up a new liturgical music program at Saint Rocco.
Over the last three years, Maureen has worked very hard to increase the scope and depth of our liturgical music. She oversaw the renovation and expansion of our organ, she trained our new cantors and she revived the children's choir. With appropriate notification, Maureen has informed me of her decision to resign to move onto other musical pursuits; her period of service is now concluded. Maureen Husing: mhusing@gmail.com
We also wish our cantor, Morgan Manifacier, farewell as he has taken a new position elsewhere. We thank him for his two years of service to our parish and wish him all the best!

Fr Elias