Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Holy Week Music at St Vincent Ferrer in New York City

The Schola Cantorum of St Vincent Ferrer in New York City, the professional choral ensemble of the parish, will sing an especially impressive repertoire of sacred music during the rites of the Sacred Triduum and Easter. (Please note that the Dominican Parish in New York City is at two different church, St Vincent Ferrer and St Catherine of Siena.)

April 18, Maundy Thursday: 6:30 pm, Solemn Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper Mass (at St Vincent)
  • Messe Solennelle (Gloria) – Jean Langlais (1907-1991)
  • Ubi caritas – Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978)
  • Panis angelicus, Op. 80 – Pierre Villette (1926-1998)
  • O salutaris hostias, Op. 21 – Pierre Villette
  • Ave verum corpus – Flor Peeters (1903-1986)

April 19, Good Friday: 12:00pm, Seven Last Words of Christ from the Cross (at St Catherine)
  • Salve salutaris victima – Peter Philips (c. 1560-1628)
  • Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund – Michael Praetorius (1571-1621)
  • Surely he hath borne our griefs (from Handel’s Messiah)
  • Have mercy upon me, O God – William Byrd (c. 1540-1623)
3:00 pm Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion (at St Vincent)
  • Solemn Passion according to Saint John
  • Adoramus te – Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
  • Inspice vulnera – Haec quanta sint – Melchior Franck (1580-1639)
April 20, Holy Saturday: 9:00 pm, Great Vigil of Easter (at St Vincent)
  • Messe Solennelle in C Sharp minor, Op. 16 – Louis Vierne (1870-1930)
  • Sicut cervus desiderat – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)
  • Laudate Dominum (No. 4 from Quatre Motets, Op. 9) – Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)
  • Congratulamini mihi – Orlando di Lasso (1532-1594)
April 21, Easter Sunday: 12:00 pm Solemn Mass
  • Mass in F – Charles Wood (1866-1926)
  • Haec dies – Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
  • Regina caeli , Op. 9, No. 3 – Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
3:30 pm Sung Paschal Vespers (at St Vincent)

The parish of St Vincent Ferrer and St Catherine of Siena in the Archdiocese of New York is served by the Dominican Friars of the Province of Saint Joseph. The church of Saint Vincent Ferrer was built in 1918 to the designs of renowned Gothic revival architect Bertram Goodhue, who considered this his finest building. Now recognized as a National Historic Landmark, it includes a complete set of Charles Connick stained glass windows, carvings by Lee Lawrie, and two instruments by the Schantz Organ Company. The church is located at 869 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan; the church of St Catherine of Siena is located at 411 East 68th St.

The Schola Cantorum of Saint Vincent Ferrer, the parish’s professional choral ensemble, sings the Sunday Solemn Mass at noon, (Ordinary Form), and for weekday feasts during its season, which runs from September through Corpus Christi; it is lead by Director of Music and Organist James D. Wetzel. For more information, including a music list of this year’s repertoire, visit

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