Christmastide Mass Programme
  • tomjaw
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    Here at St. Bede's, Clapham park, London I have just confirmed with our priests the EF Masses we will be singing, fortunately we have a few more singers than usual staying in London over Christmas so some of the Masses will have polyphony, now we need to sort out what music we sing!

    Sunday 23rd December 11am Sung Mass

    Monday 24th December 12.30 pm Sung Mass
    8 pm First Mass of Christmas (Anticipated Midnight) Sung (Visiting professional Choir)

    Tuesday 25th December 11am Sung Third Mass of Christmas

    Wednesday 26th December 10 am Sung Mass followed by Benediction

    Thursday 27th December 10.30 pm Sung Mass

    Saturday 29th December 8.30 am Sung Mass (St Thomas) 900th Anniversary

    Sunday 30th December 11 am Sung Mass (Sunday within the Octave)

    Monday 31st December 12.30 pm Sung Mass (St Sylvester)

    Tuesday 1st January Sung Midnight Mass, and 12.30pm Sung Mass

    Thursday 3rd January 12.30 pm Sung Mass (Octave day of St. John)

    Saturday 5th January 9 am Sung Mass followed by Blessing of Epiphany Water and Chalk (Vigil of Epiphany)

    Sunday 6th January 11 am Sung Mass (Epiphany)

    Will post what music we will be singing over the next couple of weeks, we may even sing more Masses but we will see!

    EDIT small changes to the Mass times in Bold.
  • CharlesW
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    Blessed are you among musicians!
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  • Tomjaw - I'm bowled over by your schedule. wonderful!! :-)

    two questions if you don't mind
    ** a midnight Mass on Dec 31? will you sing Te Deum that night, or on New Year's Day?
    ** not counting Dec 25 or Jan 1, you listed I think 5 sung Masses on weekdays, during the day. How will your organist / schola / choir support (almost all my people are working, I could never do this)?
    Thanked by 1tomjaw
  • It may be time to move to Britain!
  • tomjaw
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    @mmeladirectress

    The EF Midnight Mass to start the New year has been celebrated in South London for 40+ years the last 24 years have been celebrated at St. Bede's. This started as part of the Afro-Caribean mission, to provide an alternative to the parties. We usually have a last Mass of the old year OF followed by Exposition, Benediction and Te Deum. We then start the EF Mass at Midnight we will also sing the Veni Creator.

    Most of the choir have holidays booked over Christmas and so singing these Masses will not be a problem, we had 14 singing with us last Sunday, but we can chant a Mass with just 2. The reason for the 12.30 pm Mass is so it can be sung during a lunch break from work.
  • tomjaw
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    This may be a day early, but today we had our usual Sung Saturday Mass... only two of us today and we sang from the sanctuary.

    Ember Saturday,
    All Propers sung in full from the Graduale (1924 ed.)
    INT. Veni et ostende
    KYR. Mass XVIII
    GRAD 1. A summo
    GRAD 2. In sole
    GRAD 3. Domine Deus
    GRAD 4. Excita Domine
    HYMN. Benedictus es Domine
    TRACT. Qui Regis
    OFF. Exsulta satis
    OFF. Hymn En Clara Vox, Roman melody
    SANCTUS. XVIII
    AGNUS. XVIII
    COM. Exsultavit
    COM. Hymn Conditor Alme.., Roman melody
    Marian Anthem, Alma..., Simple tone
    RES. Rorate Caeli, with 4th verse.
  • tomjaw
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    4th Sunday of Advent, slightly more today 3 men, 2 ladies, and 1 boy singing from the choir loft.

    All Propers sung in full from the GR. 1924 ed. led by the men
    Ordinary led by the ladies (x2)

    Asperges (1st version)
    INT. Rorate caeli, INT, 1st verse, INT 2nd verse, INT, Gp, INT
    KYR. XVII (2nd version)
    GRAD. Prope est
    ALL. Veni...
    CREDO. II
    OFF. Ave Maria.
    OFF. Angleus ad Virginem (all 4 verses)
    SANCTUS. XVII
    AGNUS. XVII
    COM. Ecce Virgo
    COM. Veni Emanuel (all verses)
    Domine Salvum fac
    Marian Anthem, Alma..., Simple tone
    RES. Rorate Caeli, with 3rd and 4th verse.

    Followed by the usual Drinks and light refreshments in our church hall, this also has a licensed bar so some of us were able to lubricate the vocal cords with a pint or 2 or 3 of Mild Ale.

    And now we have our dinner and we have to be back for Solemn Vespers in the evening!
  • our church hall, this also has a licensed bar


    Good Lord. Why would you ever leave church????
  • tomjaw
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    @StimsonInRehab

    I am one of the Volunteer Bar staff, and have the bar keys in my pocket! Rather convenient!
    Thanked by 1StimsonInRehab
  • St. Mel- Cleveland, OH

    All Masses
    Entrance- O Come, All Ye Faithful (3 English verses, 1 Latin)
    Heritage Mass
    Communion- The First Nowell
    Postlude- Quem Pastores- Held

    Vigil Mass with Choir
    Prelude- Still, Still, Still
    Prelude- What Child is This
    Prelude- Hush, the Holy Child is Sleeping
    Blessing of Manger- Silent Night
    Offertory- O Little Town of Bethlehem

    All other Masses will feature instrumental prelude/offertory
  • tomjaw
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    Solemn II Vespers of the 4th Sunday of Advent followed by Benediction, with our Parish Priest in choir...

    Vespers sung in full from the Antiphonale 1949 with the Great Antiphon,
    Followed by Solemn Alma Redemptoris,
    With O Salutaris, Tantum ergo, and Adoremus sung at Benediction.

    and today,

    Vigil of the Nativity, 3 of us singing from the Sanctuary.

    INT. Hodie scietis, INT, 1st verse, INT 2nd verse, INT, Gp, INT
    KYR. XVIII
    GRAD. Hodie scietis
    OFF. Tolite portas
    OFF. Veni Redemptor Gentium, (Sarum melody)
    SANCTUS. XVIII
    AGNUS. XVIII
    COM. Revalabitur
    COM. Verbum supernum prodiens, (Dominican melody)
    Marian Anthem, Alma..., Simple tone
    RES. Rorate Caeli, with 4th verse.

    and with a professional choir singing at our anticipated Midnight Mass (we just need to help sing the Adeste... and sing the Martyrology) we have a rest until 11am tomorrow!
  • Mater Dei, Harrisburg, PA

    12/24-25 Midnight Mass, Sung Mass, carols beginning at 11:30pm
    12/25 Mass During the Day, Sung Mass, 10am
    12/26 Feast of St. Stephen, Sung Mass, 10am
    12/28 Feast of the Holy Innocents, Solemn High Mass, 6:30pm
    1/1 Octave of the Nativity, Sung Mass, 10am

    As for tonight:

    Carols beginning at 11:30 with Harp accompaniment:

    Once in Royal David's City
    The First Nowell
    Good Christian Men, Rejoice
    In the Bleak Midwinter
    On Christmas Night All Christians Sing
    Silent Night
    Corde Natus Ex Parentis
    I Saw Three Ships
    Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

    Mass:

    Procession: Joy to the World
    Full Gregorian propers
    Kyriale: Messe a Tre Voci, Antonio Lotti
    Credo: III
    Offertory Motet: Quem Pastores Laudavere (SATB)
    Communion Motet: O Magnum Mysterium (Victoria)
    Recessional: O Come All Ye Faithful (Willcocks arrangement)
    Postlude: Hallelujah Chorus
  • Richard MixRichard Mix
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    St. David of Wales, Richmond CA
    11:30 prelude:
    Creator of the stars of night
    Dixit Maria H. L. Hassler
    Lo how a rose
    Riu riu chiu Mateo Flecha? (1556)
    Verbum caro factum est anon. (1556)
    Of the Father's love begotten
    Christmas Day Gustav Holst
    Christmas Proclamation

    Adeste fidelis
    Missa XVII
    Offertory Tavener: Today the Virgin
    In splendoribus / Silent night
    Hark the herald
  • Currently not singing or doing anything Christmas-y, so here is yesterday, the 4th Sunday of Advent:

    Mass XVII
    Credo I
    O Come, Emmanuel
    O Panis Dulcissime
    ...something else, and I'm blanking on it.

    The BBC Midnight Mass from Buckfast Abbey in Devon was nice too!
  • tomjaw
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    While the Goose is in the oven, and the children are playing...

    Anticipated Midnight Mass, sung by a professional choir.

    ENT. Gaudete, Christus natus
    Propers sung in full with organ accompiament, from Graduale Romanum 1924.
    K, G, S, and A, Coronation Mass, Mozart.
    Credo III with Polyphonic 'Et incarnatus...'
    Offertory Motet, Hodie Christus Natur Est, Marenzio.
    Com. Motet, O magnum Mysterium, Victoria.
    Procession to the Crib, Adeste fidelis.
    At the Crib, Martyrology and Alma simple tone.

    Mass of Christmas day, sung by us, Propers sung in full led by the men (2 + 2)
    Ordinary led by the ladies (x2 and my Daughter 13 yo)

    INT. sung during the entrance procession.
    INT. Puer natus est, INT, 1st verse, INT 2nd verse, INT, Gp, INT.
    KYR. IX.
    GLORIA IX.
    GRAD. Viderunt omnes
    ALL. Dies sanctificatus
    CREDO I.
    OFF. Tui Sunt
    OFF. Quem pastores laudavere
    OFF. Ave Verum (chant)
    SANCTUS. IX.
    AGNUS. IX.
    COM. Viderunt omnes
    COM. Puer natus in Bethlehem.
    Marian Anthem, Alma..., Solemn tone.
    RES. Adeste Fidelis.

    Oh and Happy Christmas to you all!
  • St. Joseph's
    Greenwood, IN
    Christmas

    11:15 - Full choir sings Christmas carols
    11:30 - Reen Family Quartet plays Corelli's Concerto #7 and Schubert's Ave Maria
    11:45 - Full choir sings Silent Night (happy 200th birthday!) as Father places Baby Jesus in the Manger Scene

    12:00 - Midnight Mass

    PROCESSIONAL: Wade, O Come, All Ye Faithful
    MASS SETTING: Viadana, Missa L'Hora Passa (bells rung during the Gloria)
    CREDO: IV
    PROPERS: Full Gregorian
    OFFERTORY MOTET: Saint-Saens, Tollite Hostias
    COMMUNION MOTETS:
    Victoria, O Magnum Mysterium
    Chant,Puer Natus in Bethlehem
    Chant, Resonet in Laudibus
    RECESSIONAL: Handel, Joy to the World

    Two Postludes:
    - Full choir singing polyphonic Gaudete Christus est natus with drone on verses
    - Bach's Invention #2 for organ

    You could tell tonight was going to be special when the choir started practicing the Gaudete and you could feel the energy surging through the piece. There was a feeling of joyous expectation throughout the whole night, both in anticipation of the celebration of the Feast day itself, and the fact that this choir was taking its musical expertise to a whole new level.

    As per tradition, Midnight Mass was offered by candlelight, and the servers donned red cassocks for one of the only times during the year. As the quartet began playing their 'set', and I contemplated all that had passed in the previous year of my life, I couldn't help but see the shadows of the string players projected against the wall of the sanctuary. I was in some strange way reminded of Plato's Cave - the beauties that we see and hear in this life, no matter how great they are, are but a foreboding of things to come.

    In addition, we had a special Christmas gift for the choir - 20 new copies of the choir edition of the revised Traditional Roman Hymnal, which we used for the first time. The choir director emeritus (it can be hard to keep track; our choir now has at least six practicing or lapsed choir directors in its ranks) was excited and adamant about our using this book, now being able for the first time to use only one book for all of our liturgical needs during Mass! Well, time comes to sing Adeste Fideles, our first time using the new hymnal, and Choir Director Emeritus turns to us immediately afterwards to say "I don't like that new arrangement!" One can only chuckle - to paraphrase Aquinas, schola unius libri timeo.

    All in all, though, everything fell into place, as it should. Father himself praised the choir in his homily, thanking the choir for "continually contributing to the brilliance of the liturgical celebrations at our chapel". At the conclusion of mass, I continued a tradition started by my mentor in Gregorian chant, Charles Wyeth, by handing out Rocher chocolates to the choir members. I had a pleasant surprise when Maddie, the choir's newest member and generally a very shy girl, gave me a hand-crafted Christmas card she had made herself. All of this, followed by a reception in the basement which included (in no particular order) impromptu basketball games, me cooking pounds of bacon in a cupcake apron, drinking whiskey shots with Father from the Jim Beam Advent Calendar, and numerous quotations from the works of Maculay Culkin and Japanese anime. It was, above all else, an eclectic, and ecstatic, celebration of our Lord's Birth - I've come to expect nothing less from this place.
  • tomjaw
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    Feast of St. Stephen, all Propers Sung in full from the Graduale Romanum by the Gentlemen, Ordinary led by the Ladies.

    INT. Et enim sederunt
    KYR. IV.
    GLORIA. IV.
    GRAD. Sederunt
    ALL. Video
    CREDO I.
    OFF. Elegerunt Apostoli
    OFF. Stephan primo martyr, (Office Hymn)
    SANCTUS. IV.
    AGNUS. IV.
    COM. Video carlos
    COM. Sancte Dei pretiose, (Office Hymn)
    Marian Anthem, Alma..., Solemn tone.
    RES. Puer Natus in Bethlehem, 2 verses

    Followed by Benediction and blessing of Altar servers, oh and a party for the boys in our parish rooms. We had 9 servers at Mass and 25 at Benediction!
  • tomjaw
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    Feast of St. John, Propers led my me, Ordinary led by my wife and my mother. No other choir members made it today.

    INT. In medio, (G.R. 1924)
    KYR. IV.
    GLORIA. IV.
    GRAD. Exiit sermo (Psalm tone)
    ALL. Hic est (G.R. 1924)
    CREDO I.
    OFF. Justus ut palma (psalm tone)
    OFF. Amore Christi nobilis, (Office Hymn)
    SANCTUS. IV.
    AGNUS. IV.
    COM. Exiit sermo (psalm tone)
    COM. Exsultet caelum laudibus, (Office Hymn)
    Marian Anthem, Alma..., Solemn tone.
    RES. Puer Natus in Bethlehem, 2 verses

    And now we get tomorrow off before we are back singing on Saturday.
  • tomjaw
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    Feast of St. Thomas of Canterbury, this year is the 900th anniversary of his birth. Propers sang in full, led by the men. There were three of us today as one of our cantors has returned from holiday. Ordinary led by my wife, my daughter and my mother.

    INT. Gaudeamus, (G.R. 1924)
    KYR. II.
    GLORIA. II.
    GRAD. Ecce sacerdos (G.R. 1924)
    ALL. Ego sum (G.R. 1924)
    CREDO I.
    OFF. Posuisti Domine (G.R. 1924)
    OFF. Adsis Thoma, (Office Hymn)
    SANCTUS. II.
    AGNUS. II.
    COM. Ego sum (G.R. 1924)
    COM. A solis ... Lauds hymn Roman melody
    Marian Anthem, Alma..., Solemn tone.
  • tomjaw
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    Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity, all propers sung in full from the G.R. 1924. 4 men and 3 ladies in choir.

    Asperges (1st version)
    INT. Dum medium
    KYR. IX
    GLORIA IX
    GRAD. Speciosus
    ALL. Dominus regnavit
    CREDO. I
    OFF. Deus enim
    OFF. Intonent Mariae Laudes (Christmas sequence, imitation of the pascal sequence)
    SANCTUS. IX
    AGNUS. IX
    COM. Tolle puerum
    COM. Personent hodie
    Domine Salvum fac
    Marian Anthem, Alma..., Simple tone
  • tomjaw
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    St. Silvester, 12.30 pm our last sung Mass of this (civil) year. Propers led by me, Ordinary led by my wife! No other singers!

    INT. Sacerdotes tui, (pslam tone)
    KYR. IV.
    GLORIA. IV.
    GRAD. Ecce Sacerdos (G.R. 1924)
    ALL. Inveni David (G.R. 1924)
    CREDO I.
    OFF. Inveni David (psalm tone)
    OFF. Veni Redemptor omnium, (Office Hymn, Dominican melody)
    SANCTUS. IV.
    AGNUS. IV.
    COM. Beatus servus (psalm tone)
    COM. Puer Natus in Bethlehem
    Marian Anthem, Alma..., Simple tone.

    And later we will be back to sing the First Mass of the New year at Midnight!
  • tomjaw
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    Just back from Midnight Mass, Feast of the Circumcision. With opportunities to gain both plenary indulgences! 4 men and 1 lady in the choir and a former choir director in the congregation.

    Exposition from 10.30pm, Te Deum and prayer at 11.30pm followed by Benediction.
    (O salutaris, Tantum ego and Adoremus...)
    INT. Puer natus est, INT, 1st verse, INT, Gp, INT.
    KYR. IX.
    GLORIA IX.
    GRAD. Viderunt omnes
    ALL. Multifarie olim
    CREDO I.
    OFF. Tui Sunt
    OFF. Christe Redemptor omnium (Dominican melody)
    SANCTUS. IX.
    AGNUS. IX.
    COM. Viderunt omnes
    COM. Puer natus in Bethlehem.
    Veni Creator Spiritus, with prayer
    Marian Anthem, Alma..., Solemn tone.

    And we may have an extra sung Mass in a few hours time!

    Oh and we would like to wish you all a Happy New Year!
  • tomjaw
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    After a short discussion our 12.30pm low Mass, a late addition to the schedule was made a sung Mass. This gave the 3 oldest of my sons to serve a 3rd Sung Mass in 25hrs. 2 in the choir just me and my wife.

    INT. Puer natus est (G.R. 1924)
    KYR. IX.
    GLORIA IX.
    GRAD. Viderunt omnes (Psalm tone)
    ALL. Multifarie olim (Psalm tone verse)
    CREDO I.
    OFF. Tui Sunt (Psalm tone)
    OFF. A soli (Office Hymn)
    SANCTUS. IX.
    AGNUS. IX.
    COM. Viderunt omnes (G.R. 1924)
    COM. Jesu Decus angelicis (Roman melody)
    Veni Creator Spiritus, with prayer
    Marian Anthem, Alma..., Solemn tone.
  • tomjaw
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    The Octave day of St. John, almost a repeat of last week!
    Propers led my me, Ordinary led by my wife. No other choir members made it today.

    INT. In medio, (G.R. 1924)
    KYR. IV.
    GLORIA. IV.
    GRAD. Exiit sermo (G.R. 1924)
    ALL. Hic est (G.R. 1924)
    OFF. Justus ut palma (psalm tone)
    OFF. Amore Christi nobilis, (Office Hymn)
    SANCTUS. IV.
    AGNUS. IV.
    COM. Exiit sermo (psalm tone)
    COM. Exsultet caelum laudibus, (Office Hymn)
    Marian Anthem, Alma..., Simple tone.

    We get tomorrow off before we are back singing on Saturday, for the Vigil of the Epiphany with Blessing of Water, Chalk and Salt!
  • tomjaw
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    Vigil of the Epiphany, followed by Blessing of Epiphany Water and Salt.
    Choir sang from the Sanctuary (Three men with one who was late for Mass in the Congregation!)

    INT. Dum medium
    KYR. IX
    GLORIA IX
    GRAD. Speciosus
    ALL. Dominus regnavit
    CREDO. I
    OFF. Deus enim
    OFF. O Sola Magnarum (Office Hymn, Roman melody)
    SANCTUS. IX
    AGNUS. IX
    COM. Tolle puerum
    COM. Hostis Herodes impie (Office Hymn alter Tonus)

    Followed by Blessing (sung in Latin),
    Litany of the Saints, with special invocations sung by the priest.
    Psalm 28
    Psalm 45
    Psalm 146
    ANT. Hodie caelesti
    CANT. Benedictus
    ANT. Hodie caelesti
    (Exorcism of salt and water)
    Te Deum (Solemn tone)
    Marian Anthem, Alma..., Solemn tone
  • tomjaw
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    Since it is still Christmastide...
    6 men and 4 ladies in attendance, Propers led by 2 male cantors sung in full from G.R. 1924, Ordinary led by male and female cantors. And even some polyphony!

    Feast of the Epiphany.
    Asperges (1st version)
    INT. Ecce advenit
    KYR. II
    GLORIA II
    GRAD. Omnes de Saba
    ALL. Vidimus stellam
    Proclamation (Novertis) of Feasts sung by the Priest
    CREDO. I
    OFF. Regis Tharsis
    OFF. Tribus miraculis (Magnificat antiphon)
    SANCTUS. II
    AGNUS. II
    COM. Vidimus
    COM. Illuminans altissime (Ambrosian Office Hymn)
    Domine Salvum fac
    Marian Anthem, Alma Redemptoris Mater, Francisco Guerrero

    We have been asked to sing tomorrow... so some of us will attempt to dash from work!
  • tomjaw
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    Dash from work successful so Sung Mass again today, at 12.30 pm.
    Just my wife and myself in the choir.

    Within the Octave of the Epiphany.
    INT. Ecce advenit (G.R. 1924)
    KYR. II
    GLORIA II
    GRAD. Omnes de Saba (G.R. 1924)
    ALL. Vidimus stellam (G.R. 1924)
    CREDO. I
    OFF. Regis Tharsis (Psalm tone)
    OFF. Illuminans altissime (Ambrosian Office Hymn)
    SANCTUS. II
    AGNUS. II
    COM. Vidimus (G.R. 1924)
    COM. Hostis Herodes impie (Office Hymn alter Tonus)
    Marian Anthem, Alma Redemptoris Mater, simple tone
  • vansensei
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    Feast of the Holy Family, St. Robert Bellarmine, St. Cloud, MN.
    Mass XI, with Credo III and Gregorian gradual, offertory and Introit.

    Kings of Orient
    O Sanctissima
    Ubi Caritas
    Flos Jesse (Lo, How a Rose in Latin)

    Because of an induction into the Holy Name Society, after the Last Gospel...

    Veni Creator Spiritus
    Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (recessional)
  • tomjaw
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    At St Bede's,
    Saturday, Feast of the Holy Family 9am Mass, The 2 of us sang from the sanctuary.
    INT. Exsultet Gaudio
    KYR. IX
    GLORIA IX
    GRAD. Unam petiia
    ALL. Vere tu es
    CREDO. I
    OFF. Tulerunt
    OFF. O lux beata (Dominican melody)
    SANCTUS. IX
    AGNUS. IX
    COM. Descendit Jesus
    COM. O Gente Felix (Ambrosian melody)
    Domine Salvum fac
    Marian Anthem, Alma Redemptoris Mater, solemn tone

    Sunday, Octave day of the Epiphany 11am Mass, 10 of us in the choir loft, including 2 ladies and 2 new members!
    Asperges (First version
    INT. Ecce advenit
    KYR. II
    GLORIA II
    GRAD. Omnes de Saba
    ALL. Vidimus stellam
    CREDO. I
    OFF. Regis Tharsis
    OFF. O lux beata (Dominican melody)
    SANCTUS. II
    AGNUS. II
    COM. Vidimus
    COM. O Gente Felix (Ambrosian melody)
    Domine Salvum fac
    Marian Anthem, Alma Redemptoris Mater, solemn tone