DETROIT — The Archdiocese of Detroit has a rich history of faith and festivities.
On Sept. 4, St. Moses the Black Parish in Detroit hosted a Mass to honor Detroit's jazz heritage. The Mass was a celebration of the wealth of culture shared by the people of Detroit, an example of the Catholic faith bringing richness to the life of the city.
The second annual jazz Mass drew worshippers from across the city to celebrate jazz culture and its contribution to the Church's patrimony.
"Many of the jazz greats were believers, and what better way to express your faith than through music?" said William Harrison Sr., who directed the music for the Mass.
Harrison said the goal of the Mass is to "incorporate music that was written for the Church. We have a history of that with European composers such as Beethoven and Mozart and Brahms, and so with this music, we're seeking to bring Jesus to the people."