David Haas, composer of contemporary liturgical music, presented three workshops in Wellington on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th October.
Participants in the workshops were deeply impressed by David’s passion for liturgical music, describing the workshops as inspirational and informative. During the workshop on the Friday night which was held in Sacred Heart Cathedral, David played and sang his music supported by Michael Mangan. The music created “an incredible atmosphere of prayer and unity in singing”, and people present were greatly affected by David’s sense of joy in his work.
The first workshop, “When we are weak, we are strong: Praying and Singing the Mystery of Suffering”, explored in song and prayer the mystery of suffering and brokenness – “the paschal mystery”, which is at the heart of our song. The second workshop, “How Different Are We: The Blessed Unity of Sung Prayer”, looked at how we deal with the many different tastes that people hold when it comes to music and liturgy, the rising cultural and musical diversity that makes up both the beauty and the challenge of doing music together. The third workshop, “Music and the Mass: Step by Step”, took participants step-by-step through the Eucharistic Liturgy, looking at the deeper and prayerful purpose of the various parts and what they call for in terms of music.