1,576 Pipes Over 3 Manuals in Renovated St Joe’s St Joe’s

St. Joseph Catholic Church to Unveil New 1,576-pipe Organ

“The Lauck Organ Opus 65 will be blessed during a concert at the church in St. Joseph starting at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26. Guest organist Christopher Dekker, director of music at Trinity United Methodist Church of Grand Rapids, will perform. An in-demand recitalist, he has performed at venues across the U.S. including St. Patrick’s Cathedral of New York City, the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles and Trinity Church of Boston. The new organ was installed in stages and was completed in January. But the planning began years ago.”

They had me as soon as I saw these gorgeous stenciled pipes. While this is not a restoration, I like this facade better than the old one. Read about their “Worship Space Enhancement Project.”

You may view additional details and history in an excellent PDF from the church’s website.

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  1. New 1,576-pipe organ gets a ‘wow’ reaction

    Zyjewski pointed out that according to the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, a Vatican II document written by Pope Paul VI, “In the Latin Church the pipe organ is to be held in high esteem, for it is the traditional musical instrument that adds a wonderful splendor to the Church’s ceremonies and powerfully lifts up the spirit to God and to higher things.”

    And, Zyjewski said, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops declared the importance of the pipe organ because “size and its ability to give ‘resonance to the fullness of human sentiments, from joy to sadness, from praise to lamentation.’ Likewise, ‘the manifold possibilities of the organ in some way remind us of the immensity and the magnificence of God.’”

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