Friday, November 30, 2007

Dominican Rite Missa Cantata for Immaculate Conception

Cantores in Ecclesia under the direction of Dean Applegate will sing for a Missa Cantata in the traditional Dominican Rite at Holy Rosary Church, 375 N.E. Clackamas Street, Portland, OR (tel. 503-235-3163), on Saturday, December 8, at 9 a.m. in the church, for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. The celebrant will be the pastor, Fr. Anthony Patalano, O.P. Music will include Fauré’s Messe Basse, Polanc’s Ave Maria, and Duraflé’s Tota Pulchra Est, as well as propers from the Domincian Gradual. I am sure that readers in the Portland area will be interested in this event.

This Sung Mass will be in addition to the usual Dominican Rite Low Mass of Our Lady on the First Saturday of the Month, which will be celebrated tomorrow, December 1, at 9 a.m., also in the church. The pastor informs me that plans are underway for a Dominican Rite Missa Cantata as the principal Mass of Christmas Day this year. That Mass is part of planning, encouraged by and with permission of the Western Dominican Provincial, to make the Sung Mass available at Holy Rosary on a more regular basis. Previously, as readers of this blogg know, the Sung Mass was celebrated only occasionally, usually on a few solemnities a year. It is possible the Sung Mass will be in the solemn form on some occasions.

The December music schedule of Cantores may be found here:

The image on this post is from the Fourteenth-Century Dominican Poissy Antiphonal, folio 324v, and shows the Birth of Our Lady.

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