Liturgy Workshops – David Haas


David Haas, composer of contemporary liturgical music, will present three workshops in Wellington on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th October.  Details of the workshops and venues are below.  Registrations please to Ann Williams at, advising which workshop(s) you are registering for. Entry by koha.

Friday 13th October

Workshop 1 – “When we are weak, we are strong: Praying and Singing the Mystery of Suffering”

Description: At the heart of our song, is the mystery of suffering and brokenness – this is what we call “the paschal mystery”.  During this session we will sing, pray and explore repertoire that digs deep into this mystery of being human, and how throughout the liturgical year and in celebrating the sacraments, we sing “Christ crucified”, and “Christ risen” in the music that we choose and lead in worship.

Venue: 7.00-9.00pm at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hill Street, Wellington (hot drink available from 6.30pm)

Saturday 14th October 

Venue: Ss Peter and Paul Church, Knights Road, Lower Hutt (there will be a break for a hot drink between sessions)

Workshop 2 (9.30-10.50am) -“How Different Are We:  The Blessed Unity of Sung Prayer”

Description: More and more, we are trying to grapple 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 our global Church.  How are we, “one in Christ?” When there is so much diversity and so many different spiritualties in our music, our worship, and in what we believe?  How does liturgical music help to bring us together, so that we can truly, “put on Christ” and be that light to the world?

Workshop 3 (11.10am-12.30pm) – “Music and the Mass: Step by Step”

Description: This workshop is designed to be a step-by-step, “walk through” of the Eucharistic Liturgy.  We will examine the four major ritual units (Gathering, Word, Table and Mission), and do an inventory of what the ritual moments call for in terms of music, and ultimately, their deeper and more prayerful purpose.