Holy Comforter – Saint Cyprian Music Ministry
The Holy Comforter-Saint Cyprian Music Ministry participates in every communal celebration of faith in the parish. The Music Ministry adds a dimension of meaning and spirit and a communication of faith and ideals which contributes to and enhances the celebration of word and sacrament. This parish is proud to have a very strong and inspiring music ministry that is recognized as one of the best in the Archdiocese of Washington. Following is a video of our music ministry with Monsignor Pope and former Music Director Kenneth Louis were featured in this video made by the Office of Black Catholics.
HCSC Welcomes our new Music Minister George Stewart:
George’s biography: Widely sought after—in part due to his ability to fit into any music program irrespective of denomination or genre—George has served as choir director, accompanist, or minister of music for a number of area churches. Before coming to Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian, he was the Director of Music at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Washington, DC; choir director at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church in Washington, DC; staff musician at his home church—Breath of Life Seventh Day Adventist Church–in Fort Washington, MD.; and Director of the Gospel Choir at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Arlington, VA, a position he has held for the past 33 years. George has been blessed to share his gift in a myriad of venues ranging from small Pentecostal store front churches, to television studios, and concert halls on both coasts. His past choir, Perpetual Glory, was the first African American Catholic Gospel Choir to perform at the historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC.
George as played on several recordings, including the GIA-published “Catholic Classics, Volume VII,” and the Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Church Choir’s own “We Offer Praise.” In the fall of 2015, he was honored to grace the altar as one of the musicians for the Junipero Serra Canonization Mass celebrated by Pope Francis at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.
Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, George A. Stewart is a proud 1987 graduate of Howard University with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Music Education. He has been employed as a Computer Programmer/Analyst with the U.S. Department of the Treasury since 1987.
HCSC Music Ministry is composed of:
1. THE CHURCH CHOIR (under the direction of George Stewart) whose repertoire includes anthems, church hymnody, spirituals and traditional and contemporary gospel music. The Church Choir provides music ministry principally at the 11:00am Sunday liturgy, church holy days and other special occasions. The choir has sung in concert and worship experiences throughout the Washington, DC and Baltimore metropolitan areas as well as toured the south, east coast and heartland regions of the United States.
In celebration of the choir’s 40th Anniversary in 2013, the choir recorded a wonderful cd titled “We Offer Priase” featuring a diverse selection of songs and hymns. The CD is available for $10 and can be purchased at the Church bookstore or through mail order by calling the rectory office at 202-546-1885 or email@example.com.
Track #1 We Are Surrounded (by a great cloud of witnesses) is the theme song of our parish:
2. THE YOUTH ENSEMBLE represents a component of both the parish’s Youth Ministry and Music Ministry. The Youth Choir provides music ministry at the 11:00AM liturgy the second Sunday of the month (which is designated as Youth Sunday). The ages range from 5-17 years old.
3. CANTOR AND MUSICIANS are especially skilled and talented musicians who provide music leadership and ministry at the 4:30pm, 8:00am and 11:00am liturgies.
For more information, please call the rectory at (202) 546-1885 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Choir member highlight: Robert E. Person — beautiful video filmed around Washington D.C., and at Holy Comforter – St. Cyprian