“When we sing, we pray twice.” St. Augustine
The presence of singing is abundantly evident in the Byzantine Catholic Church’s Liturgy and other religious services. The priest and faithful, together, share a musical dialogue in their worship of God.
When Christianity first came to the Ruthenian people from Saints Cyril and Methodius, the original text and music was written in Greek. This was gradually replaced by the Slavonic language for the church. Today, in Byzantine Catholic Churches in America, the predominant language is English.
During solemn occasions, responses to the Divine Liturgy may be sung by a choir in arranged harmony, along with congregational singing. Traditionally, the faithful are led by a Cantor to sing responses to the prayers of the priest.