Recent surveys show that only one third of Catholics believe in the 'real presence' of Christ in the Eucharist and it is our task, as a Church, to change that. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has called for a National Eucharistic Revival to focus these efforts.
In support of the Revival, the Archdiocese of Detroit, in conjunction with the Archdiocesan Academy of Sacred Music, is sponsoring a Hymn/Song Composition Contest.
Much of the music that we sing at Mass does not reflect Catholic teaching and belief. We want to encourage composers and writers to use their talents to compose music and lyrics that remind us of the true meaning of the Eucharist—the "source and summit" of our faith.
The contest includes two categories, each of which will award a prize of $1,000:
- For composers: An original piece of music (in any style) for assembly and choir, or choir alone; in any language or multiple languages. The text could be original, or used with permission, or even in public domain.
- For writers: A new Eucharistic hymn text expressing Catholic faith using an existing [familiar] hymn tune that is in public domain (e.g. The Church's One Foundation).
Entries need to be submitted to the Archdiocese of Detroit's Office of Sacred Worship between Advent I and Ash Wednesday.
The Archdiocesan Academy of Sacred Music will be the judging panel, their members are excluded from the contest, and submissions will be judged anonymously.
The winners will be announced by Easter, and the music will be sung for Corpus Christi of 2023.
For more questions please contact the Archdiocesan Director of Sacred Music, Dr. Horst Buchholz, email@example.com.