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What about Contemporary Music?

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GuitarIn our worship at St. Thomas More, we are deliberate in offering music that reinforces the truth that the Church is ancient, timeless, and eternal, in continuity with the Christians who have preceded us over the past two millenia. Music that presents itself as a deliberate rupture from that tradition -- or as a protest aganst it -- is carefully avoided... though we are quick to point out that we are equally apt to avoid music from earlier times which is itself hopelessly locked in a dated style (schmaltzy Victorian hymns come to mind).

We are also quick to point out that we do in fact sing a great deal of contemporary music, if by contemporary we simply mean music being written today (for example, one of our Mass settings is by Richard Shephard, an English composer alive and working today). But again, it is written in a style consistent with continuity, rather than rupture.

Nevertheless, outside the liturgical setting we acknowledge that more popular musical styles can be a meaningful and appropriate aspect of our parishioners' private devotional lives, and in sharing Good News about Jesus with others to whom a more historical musical style is akin to a foreign language. To those ends, we offer below a few examples of contemporary Christian music by important artists active today.


























































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