|FOR THE TIME BEING, all liturgical services sung by Cantores in Ecclesia will take place in Holy Rosary Church, 375 Northeast Clackamas Street in Portland. We are most grateful to the Pastor, Fr. Vincent M. Kelber, O.P., for his hospitality and generosity. We hope that many of our friends and benefactors will be free to attend Mass at Holy Rosary during the festivities of Advent and Christmas.
ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, at 11:00 AM, Cantores in Ecclesia will provide liturgical music for the 3rd Sunday of Advent, named Gaudete Sunday after the text of the Introit Gaudete in Domino semper(Rejoice in the Lord always), and the traditional placement of this day as the joyful Sunday of Advent with festive music and rose-colored vestments, as opposed to the purple used on other Sundays. The Solemn High Mass on this occasion will be accompanied by a performance of Missa 'Quarti toni'by Spanish Renaissance Tomas Luis de Victoria. The choir will also sing Palestrina's setting of the Marian antiphon for Advent Alma Redemptoris Mater.
AN HOUR BEFORE CHRISTMAS MIDNIGHT MASS, Music for the Ceremony of the Crib and other Christmas carols will be sung by the boys, girls and adults of Cantores in Ecclesia accompanied by organ and string orchestra.
MUSIC FOR MIDNIGHT MASS will include parts of Franz Schubert's Mass in Gwith string orchestra, the Gregorian Chant Proper, and carols of the Nativity. It would be prudent to get to the church quite early for this Mass, since the church is usually filled with people before 11:00. Midnight Mass will be celebrated in Latin according to the Novus Ordo of Paul VI.
ON CHRISTMAS DAY, at 11:00 AM, a Solemn High Mass will be celebrated in Latin according to the Dominican Rite. The Proper of the Mass (Puer natus, Viderunt omnes, etc.) will be taken from William Byrd's Gradualia, 1607. Other liturgical music will include the Plainsong Missa 'Cum jubilo' and the Gregorian setting of the Sequence Lxtabundus exultet fidelis chorus (Let the faithful choir joyfully exult). The 11:00 Mass on Christmas Day is not usually as crowded as Midnight Mass, so there is no reason to come early.
INFORMATION ABOUT FUTURE MASSES AT HOLY ROSARY CHURCH will be given in the January newsletter: EPIPHANY, January 6, ANNIVERSARY OF HOLY ROSARY, January 29, CANDLEMAS, February 2 and SEXAGESIMA SUNDAY (with James O'Donnell), February 19.