Wednesday, September 9, 2015

OJR Student Will Sing for Pope

Brianna Summerill is a Senior at Owen J. Roberts High School. She is also a cantor at her church, Saint Thomas More Parish, Pottstown, Pa. The Choir Directory at St. Thomas More nominated her for the Papal Choir.

"I am so excited to be part of something so incredibly special," said Brianna, who hopes to meet the Pope. The Papal Choir will join several other choirs to lift their voices up in praise on September 27.

In a press release from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, "Music plays an integral role in the sacred Liturgy as does the choir, who assists those gathered for Mass to participate in the sacrifice of Christ made present in the offering of the holy Eucharist. In selecting musical settings for the chants and the hymns for the Papal Mass, we strove to choose music that would reflect this particular Sunday celebration with its proper chants and readings from sacred Scripture and also reflect the plan of God for marriage and the family as found in the life of the Holy Family of Nazareth," said Bishop John J. McIntyre. "The World Meeting of Families and the Papal Visit are both rooted in encouraging men and women in marriage and families in their vocation. The beauty of this music, paired with that of the Papal Choir's unified voice and the rich sound of the Philadelphia Orchestra, will create a moment in which families are encouraged and praise is offered to God for what He has done for us in His beloved Son, Jesus."

it was stated a total of nearly 500 voices will be part of the papal choir. There was a nomiation and audition process. One of the youngest members of her section, Brianna is only one of two teenage voices selected.

The choir is charged with self-learning more than 20 musical selections. They assemble at the Basilica in Philadelphia several times to practice.

The pontiff's visit is so special that two hymns were written specifically for the World Meeting of Families.


  1. I will be there as well. I am a volunteer with the emergency medical team!
    Deb Glanski
    David's mom ;)

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