Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Votive Mass of Our Lady and First Vespers of Pentecost in Philadelphia, This Saturday

This coming Saturday, May 23rd, the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Philadelphia will host the Students’ Schola from the Church of St Mary in Norwalk, Connecticut, for the singing of a Votive Mass of Our Lady (OF), with Gregorian chant, and music by Tallis and Palestrina. The monastery is located at 1400 66th Avenue in Philadelphia, (click here for directions); the Mass begins at noon. Here is the complete musical program, from St Mary’s website.

Introit : Salve sancta Parens (plainsong)
Kyrie : Cum jubilo (plainsong)
Gloria : Mass for Four Voices (Tallis)
Alleluia : Virga Jesse floruit (plainsong)
Offertory : Beata es, Virgo Maria (plainsong)
Motet at the Offertory : Sicut cervus (Palestrina)
Sanctus & Benedictus : Mass for Four Voices (Tallis)
Agnus Dei : Mass for Four Voices (Tallis)
Communion : Diffusa est gratia (plainsong)
Motet at the Communion : Sitivit anima (the second part of Palestrina’s Sicut cervus)
Marian antiphon : Regina cæli, solemn tone (plainsong)

On that afternoon, starting at 4 p.m., the Schola will sing First Vespers of Pentecost (EF) in plainchant for the Traditional Latin Mass Community of Philadelphia, at the church of the Holy Trinity, located at 615 Spruce St (corner of Spruce and 6th), also in Philadelphia. The doors will open at 3:15 p.m.; the Vespers will last about 40 minutes. (Free on-street parking is available on the north side of Spruce St. from 5th St. to 7th St. and on the east side of South Sixth St. from Washington Square South to Pine St. from 3:00 pm until 5:30 pm. Automobiles must display a parking permit on their dashboards to avoid being ticketed; permits are available at the church.)

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