Have you ever read something and had an immediate flashback to a very certain time and a very certain person in your life. My wife has taught me that when that happens, say a prayer for that person. So today, Mrs. Weissert – my choir director in high school – I will say a prayer for you.
We had a great AV department back at Prep North (short for St. Louis Preparatory Seminary North), but they never had the foresight to record our choir. We were good. We sang all over the city for Masses on Sunday morning (at least once a month). I remember we sang sang at the Old Cathedral for Noon Mass and I actually got to play the pipe organ there as I was not only a singer in the choir, I was also an accompanist for them too. To be quite honest, I wasn’t a very good organist back than because I still tried to treat the instrument like a piano. I digress.
Today’s Gospel end with the line posted above…”Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.” I immediately thought of this song that our choir sang many times. As I stated, if our AV club at Prep had the foresight to record us, I’d be bringing this to you live from memorex (who remembers that tag line?) but since they didn’t, I was able to find a suitable recording of this song. Enjoy.
That’s not us singing, but below is a picture from our 1979 year book. Look closely and you will see not one but three J. Dorhauer’s (my brother John ’79, my brother Jeff ’81 and me ’82 (naturally I’m front row center holding the picture of Mrs. Weissert). A few other names who receive honorable mention – C. Mossinghoff, M. Monroe and D. Deken – all of whom where part of my wedding and we are still close friends today. Last guy to point out is the pastor of St. Mary Magdalen – my boss – Fr. Jack Siefert – standing right next to me in the picture.
Do two things great for our Lord today – first, go into the world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature; second – sing at Mass. There is nothing more beautiful than to hear a congregation at Mass singing with joy to the Lord.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.
He must increase; I must decrease.