Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Missa Cantata: In Nativitate S. Johannis Baptistae (Solemnitas)

Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist
Franciscan Monastery
1400 Quincy St. N.E., Washington, D.C.
12:00pm, Saturday, June 24, 2006


The schola cantorum assembled as part of the Sacred Music Colloquium, sponsored by the Center for Ward Method Studies of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at the Catholic University of America, in collaboration with the Church Music Association of America, will assist at this special Mass at the beautiful and historic Franciscan Monastery in Washington, D.C..

The choir will sing all Latin propers of the Mass of the Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, along with a Mass setting in Gregorian Chant from the Graduale Romanum. The polyphony will include the "Justus ut palma" by Palestrina and the Tantum Ergo by Durufle.

If you have never toured his wonderful monastery, this is your opportunity to see the gardens and grounds, and hear the magnificent organ on this solemn feast. The choir will sing the Mass in precisely the normative form encouraged by Benedict XVI, John Paul II, and Pius X.

It is a rare occasion to experience liturgy of the past and future, sung with musical precision and a spirit of faithfulness to the Magisterium.

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