Saturday, July 06, 2013

A First Mass and a "New" Salve Regina

This past Wednesday, Fr. Juan Tomás, a newly ordained priest of the Fraternity of St. Peter. celebrated his first solemn Mass in the Borghese Chapel of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. Palestrina's Mass Tu es Petrus was sung for the Ordinary; the final piece, however, was a setting of the Salve Regina written by the very first master of the Borghese Chapel, Ugolino, in the first decades of the 17th century. The piece has never been transcribed before, and so I believe this is the first recording of it ever made. Hopefully, the choir which sang the Mass, the Concerto Romano, conducted by maestro Alessandro Quarta, will do a professional recording of it at some in the future; this is the second time I have been present for a Mass sung by them, and do not hesitate to say that they are probably one of the best choirs in the world. At their website, you can hear several short recordings of some of their performances.

The NLM is very pleased to offer our congratulations to Fr. Tomás, and to the other young men ordained with him this past Saturday at the church of Sts. Peter and Paul in Lindenberg, Bavaria: Hubert Coeurderoy, Charles Gauthey, André Hahn, and Bertrand Lacroix. (Fr. Lacroix served as the deacon at this Mass, and Fr. Gauthey as the subdeacon.) Ad multos annos!

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