Fr. Secrist sees his diocesan role with pipe organs as a chance to promote beauty, fellowship
Mozart proclaims the organ to be the “King of Instruments,” but it actually works more like a parliament.-Catholic Missourian
It reigns when its panoply of voices speak in harmony and balance, with whispers and crescendos drawing upon the full spectrum of sound and human emotion.
“There’s the capacity to surround and fill the space with a volume and complexity of tone that no other instrument can match,” said Father Jeremy Secrist, pastor of St. Peter parish in Jefferson City.
This year, Bishop W. Shawn McKnight appointed Fr. Secrist to serve as the bishop’s delegate for care and promotion of pipe organs.
This new role includes taking an inventory of existing pipe organs in parishes of the diocese, advocating for their preservation, restoration and maintenance, and cultivating an appreciation for the contribution they can make to Catholic liturgies of all sorts.
That’s what they were built for: to facilitate and accompany the People of God in prayer and worship.
“What makes them particularly well matched to congregational singing is that like members of a choir, each of the windblown pipes produces an individually generated sound,” said Fr. Secrist.