Beauty is always new.
• Come and join our next youth videoconference, our seventh, November, for youth and run by youth. There might be a second meeting at a different time that day for those across the world. Meet young people from many different places who share their desire for polyphony and chant in the Mass. Hear their ideas, add yours, and become a Mustard Seed, that is what we call ourselves as youth who are praying for this music to come into the Mass everywhere! We have two leaders at the videoconferences, one does not sing at all, but loves this music and feels passionate about it in the Mass and the other sings it regularly. So far we have had participants from New York, Utah, Virginia, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Texas, Arizona, Ohio and Poland. Be the first one in your area! Sign up below and we'll email you instructions on how to take part. All youth are welcome! Parents and siblings are welcome alongside the youth!
From our videoconferences:
"This music sounds like what you would hear when you get to heaven and meet Jesus!"
— Joe, CT
"Singing this music at Mass is a way to witness what we truly believe."
— Molly, NH
"Polyphony and chant are so unlike anything else you can hear on the radio;
this music shows that the Mass is something special, unlike anything else in life!"
— Catherine, NY
"People would come together more if they heard polyphony at Mass."
— Rachel, CT
"Polyphony at Mass makes me feel awe for God"
— Shayna, VA
"Chant is such a beautiful way to praise God"
— Rosalie, UT
"Polyphony and chant lift hearts and souls to God."
— Millie, NH
We reached 18,000 youth and families from around the world with timeless beauty at daily Mass- World Youth Day Krakow - Mercy Center Tauron Arena! Three times! We saw t-shirts among the Mass goers from many English-speaking countries: United Kingdom, England, Scotland, Ireland, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda, Canada, USA, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, U.S. Virgin Islands, India, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Australia, Cook Islands, Guam, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands and Tonga.
• Our first international youth meeting was held at Tauron Arena on Friday, July 29, around 12noon (immediately following the 11:00 a.m. Mass) - 26 youth joined us from 7 countries and 4 continents, for joyful conversation and prayerful inspiration to promote polyphony and chant in their own parishes worldwide.
• Additionally, the Mueller Family Schola (dad, mom and three children) sang two concerts of polyphony at the beautiful Dominican parish of Our Lady of the Snows — Kościół Matki Boskiej Śnieżnej — in Old Town Krakow, and at Koskiol sw. Jana Chrzciciela, the Church of St. John the Baptist ...showing polyphony and chant is both wonderful liturgical music and a great way to foster family unity.
We encourage young people to discover the glories of polyphony and chant, in as many ways as they can imagine — from singing in a choir to talking with friends, from listening to recordings to gently lobbying their pastors or choir directors. Our foundation hosts regular online videoconferences/ webinars for young people to swap stories, strategies, and inspiration — see below for more information.
Several of our participants are in the Civil Air Patrol; some of them like horseback riding, basketball, or camping; Scouting, ballet, or Taekwondo; one of them is even a volunteer firefighter! One thing they all agree on, though: polyphony and chant at Mass is the best!
Become a Mustard Seed, A YOUTH WHO CARES AND PRAYS
Dear Lord, open our hearts and minds to Your will. Help us in our mission to beautify The Mass for Your glory. Let our intentions and actions be pure and always in Your Holy Name. Help us implement our talents and virtues in serving You more perfectly. Use us, Your mustard seeds, and show us Your will. In Christ's name, Jesus. Amen.