ACWC Mission

The Mission of the Albuquerque Catholic Women's Choir is to preserve the musical traditions of the Roman Catholic Church by traveling to churches and faith communities and sharing these wonderful musical treasures with the faithful, thereby healing, consoling, and creating beauty through song and spiritual fellowship.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Répertoire
Prayer Concerts
Previous Prayer Concerts can be seen here. Each brochure has performance date, hymn list, choir members and information about the composer's.(not all are in this group).
 
The repertoire of the choir consists of songs correspond to the seasons of the Catholic calendar. Prayers and devotions are chosen carefully to enhance the sound of the choir and to convey to the composers thought. The musical selections represent all times of Church history.


We welcome experienced 1st and 2nd Sopranos, Altos, maybe Bass.  
Please email  us at:     [email protected] 

St. Cecilia  
                               Patroness of Poets, Singers, Composers, Musicians, the Throat and Vocalists 

The story of St. Cecilia has beauty and merit. There was in the city of Rome a virgin  named Cecilia, who was given in marriage to a youth named Valerian. She wore sackcloth next to her skin, and fasted, and invoked the saints and angels and virgins, beseeching them to guard her virginity. And she said to her husband, "I will tell you a secret if you will swear not to reveal it to anyone." And when he swore, she added, "There is an angel who watches me, and wards off from me any who would touch me." He said, "Dearest, if this be true, show me the angel." "That can only be if you will believe in one God, and be baptized."
Then he also consented to be baptized. After his baptism he and this brother devoted themselves to burying the martyrs slain daily by the prefect of the city, Turcius Almachius. They were arrested and brought before the prefect, and when they refused to sacrifice to the gods they were executed with the sword.
In the meantime, S. Cecilia, by preaching, had converted four hundred persons, whom Pope Urban forthwith baptized. Then Ceciliawas arrested, and condemned to be suffocated in the baths. She was
shut in for a night and a day, and the fires were heaped up, and madeto glow and roar their utmost, but Cecilia did not even break out into perspiration through the heat. When Almachius heard this he sent an executioner to cut off her head in the bath. The man struck thrice without being able to sever the head from the trunk. He left her bleeding, and she lived three days. Crowds came to her, and collected her blood with napkins and sponges, whilst she preached to them or prayed. At the end of that period she died,and was buried by Pope Urban and his deacons.  

Her feast is celebrated on November 22.

Legend says that she heard heavenly music in her heart when she was married. This is represented in art with an organ or organ-pipes in her hand.
 
St Cecilia
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