Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Holy Week (Ordinary Form) at the Grotto Church of Notre Dame, New York City

The splendid, intimate French classical-style rotunda church of Notre Dame, sitting virtually in the shadow of the Episcopalian cathedral of St. John the Divine, is one of New York's overlooked treasures. Staffed by fervent Polish Dominicans, its Ordinary Form liturgies are accompanied by a small but extremely talented amateur schola whose quality verges on the professional, and offers a few a year as well as singing at the parish's Lessons and Carols service on the vigil of the third Sunday of Advent--making them possibly the only Catholic parish in the city to both own and utilize a rose-colored cope on a regular basis, I might add, on the lighter side.

The following is a partial selection of the music for each liturgy.

Holy Thursday: 7:30 pm Mass - including Mueller chant arrangement of Ubi caritas from the Roman Gradual; Victoria - Tantum ergo; L'heritier -Ave verum, O domine Jesu Christe - Guerrero.

Good Friday: 10:00 am Tenebrae including Lassus - Tenebrae responsories; Rore - O salutaris; Mozarabic chant setting of Lamentations.

Good Friday: 3:00 pm Solemn Liturgy of the Passion and Veneration of the Cross - including Sanders - Reproaches; Lassus - Adoramus te.

Easter Vigil: 8:15 pm Mass including Manichourt - Congratulamini mihi.

Easter Sunday: 11:30 am Mass - Mueller arrangement of Victimae paschali laudes chant from Roman Gradual; Arcadelt - Haec dies.

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