The Mission of Music

Posted by Stephen J. Binz on Jun 24, 2018 5:00:00 AM

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Mission San Juan Bautista has been designated the “Mission of Music.” Music was interwoven into the daily life of the California missions: in liturgy, labor, and recreation. At sunrise, a bell called the people to worship, and families were roused by a morning hymn to the Virgin Mary, “Ya viene el alba” (“Now Breaks the Glowing Dawn”). After Mass all sang the “Alabado,” a hymn of praise to God. Christian instruction was provided through the use of hymns, chanted prayers, and basic religious teachings such as the Ten Commandments set to music. Eventually almost every mission had a choir and orchestra. These were the first schools of music in California.

–from Saint Junipero Serra's Camino: A Pilgrimage Guide to the California  Missions

Saint Junipero Serra's Camino


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