Friday, December 11, 2009

Gaudete Lessons and Carols, St. Matthew's Cathedral, Washington D.C.

The St. Matthew Cathedral in Washington, D.C., is holding what looks to be a fantastic Lessons and Carols service, 7:30pm, 1725 Rhode Island Ave.

The director writes:

We are singing a 10th century “Gaudete” to a renaissance carol from Piae Cantiones, (1582), the Great O Antiphons, Victoria’s Conditor Alme Siderum, Lo How a Rose e’er Blooming in English and German, a newly composed but evocative Rorate Caeli, a 14th century Angelus ad Virginem set by Andrew Carter to a 12th century tune, Britten’s Hymn to the Virgin, with readings from the prophet Isaiah and the Gospel of St Luke and a reflection by John Cardinal Newman - all topped off with two anticipatory Christmas carols for those who can’t wait. Following the service these is a reception in the Great Hall with wassail and Christmas cookies and some festive caroling.

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