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He who Sings Prays Twice

Members of the chapel choir singing during mass

The creative artistry and beauty that the choir adds to mass is incredibly soul-lifting. It not only complements the work of the apostolate, but also edifies the congregation and guides the church in prayer and praise through singing. Singing is indeed a fragrant offering before God that unites us with His angels in praising His Holy Name.

Stephen Mokoro, one of the most committed chapel choristers, shares his experience.

When did you join the chapel choir?

I joined the choir when I was in first year, July 2013 to be specific. I have been an active member ever since.

What inspired you to join?

I was always fascinated by the creativity, harmony and style displayed by the choir while singing. Besides, I felt that it was time for me to not only enjoy singing but also to be part of the team.

My experience has since been fulfilling, through singing we draw the congregation into a divine experience that enhances their moment with God.

What is your overall experience as a chapel chorister?

Being a chapel chorister has been fun with a learning experience to it.

I think the chapel choir is one of the most out-going group in the University. Besides the practice sessions and singing during mass, we are involved in many other activities outside of church including team building, birthday celebrations for members, baby showers and attending members’ weddings.

I have also learnt several lessons from the choir such as team-work, time management and the act of selflessness.

Who can join the chapel choir?

Both students and staff can join. Individuals who wants to praise God through service. Their main drive should be the willingness to spare a moment of their time to glorify God through singing and attending practice sessions. Some people claim that they can’t sing because their voices are bad. Through constant practice you will be trained and coached, and possibly find your note on the key board. Your talent might also be better placed in the instrumental section of African drums, Kayamba etc. Once you join the choir, all members become a team and you can be assured that within the group, we are a family united for the glory of God.

What message can you leave for those considering to join the chapel choir?

I would like to leave potential choristers with a quote from St. Augustine that “He who sings prays twice”. Singing is both a prayer and praise to God.

 

To join the chapel choir you can get in touch with Elizabeth Ngomi on engomi@strathmore.edu

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