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Choir Auditions
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Choir auditions are continuing for Cantantes In Cordibus. This group of men and women is directed by Simone Ferraresi, a gifted composer and pianist. http://home.simoneferraresi.com/ The choir sings every Sunday morning at the Jersey City Latin Mass, currently at 8:30 am at Assumption Church which is at the corner of Pacific and Lafayette. Rehearsals are after Mass from 10:30 to 11:30. This takes up your entire Sunday morning but in a very rewarding manner. Signt reading ability is not a prerequisite though it is highly desired. The repetoire of the choir is the entire body of sacred music from the early medieval period until the present. However, the choir focus more on the Renaissance composers. Indeed, the choir has justed started to learn Monteverdi's Messa da Cappella of 1641. Call Dan Sexton at 201 406 9960 for more information.

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Re: Christmas Eve Concert. Midnight Mass. MOZART MISSA SOLEMNIS K337
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TMorning DJ Jeff Spurgeon of WQXR has a feature called “Out the Door Dedication”. (WQXR is the classical radio station in NY.)
He gave a shout out yesterday morning for this Mozart Mass in Jersey City!

Posted on: 12/24 14:19
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Re: Christmas Eve Concert. Midnight Mass. MOZART MISSA SOLEMNIS K337
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Btw, there are no tickets needed for the concert or the Mass. People have been emailing the director, Simone Ferrasi and PMing me for tickets. All are welcome, as they say!

Posted on: 12/10 16:54
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Re: Christmas Eve Concert. Midnight Mass. MOZART MISSA SOLEMNIS K337
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Btw, there are no tickets needed for the concert or the Mass. People have been emailing the director, Simone Ferrasi and PMing me for tickets. All are welcome, as they say!

Posted on: 12/10 16:54
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Re: Christmas Eve Concert. Midnight Mass. MOZART MISSA SOLEMNIS K337
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Oh, my mistake, Sutherland. I misread the website! Thank's for the correction.

Posted on: 12/2 5:10
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Re: Christmas Eve Concert. Midnight Mass. MOZART MISSA SOLEMNIS K337
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I found the info below when I googled it the Cathedral Carol Service.

People really enjoy the Carol sing on December 11th. It is done by candlelight etc. and the choir really is excellent. I believe it is structured like the Anglican Service of Lessons and Carols. That is a lovely Protestant service, but it is not a Catholic liturgy! Moreover, the Carol Service is scheduled for December 11th, the middle of Advent when Christmas music traditionally would not be allowed. They did not even wait until Gaudete Sunday (the third Sunday of Advent when some pre-Christmas joy is expressed in the liturgy). These are concerns that would not matter to the vast majority of people and, in fact, probably seem a tad insane to the unitiated.

Anyway, the info is below. I see there does not appear to even be a midnight Mass!


Christmas at the Cathedral
Friday, December 6, 2019, 8:00 P.M.
Navidad Latina 2019
The Cathedral Spanish Choir, under the direction of Olfary Guitérrez, joins forces with singers and instrumentalists from other Latin American communities of the Archdiocese of Newark to present a program of Christmas music.

Free-will offering


Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 8:00 P.M.
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 8:00 P.M.
(Doors open at 7:00 P.M.)
The Forty-Ninth Annual Candlelight Carol Sing

The ambiance of candlelight and season décor, along with the Cathedral Choir, organ, brass, percussion, and thousands of participants combine to create an event that must be experienced.

Free-will offering


Sunday, December 22, 2019, 7:00 P.M.
Handel’s Messiah

George Frederick Handel’s beloved oratorio. New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Roderick Cox, conductor, Montclair State University Singers, Heather Buchannan, director.


For more information, visit njsymphony.org/messiah or call 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476).



Sunday, March 15, 2020, 4:00 P.M.

Posted on: 12/1 20:17

Edited by Mao on 2019/12/1 20:38:56
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Re: Christmas Eve Concert. Midnight Mass. MOZART MISSA SOLEMNIS K337
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Dear Mr. Sutherland:

Thank you for your enthusiasm! Do have any details about any of these other Masses? For example, what Mass Ordinary is to be sing at Midgnight at the Cathedral. Or anywhere closer to home?

Thanks, in advance.

Yours,

Mao

Posted on: 12/1 1:45
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Re: Christmas Eve Concert. Midnight Mass. MOZART MISSA SOLEMNIS K337
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Based on the Nativity story in the Gospel of Luke, Christian tradition holds that Jesus was born at night. Midnight Mass is celebrated on Christmas Eve in commemoration of his birth. The idea of Jesus being born at night is reflected in the fact that Christmas Eve is referred to as "Heilige Nacht" ("Holy Night") in German, "Nochebuena" ("the Good Night") in Spanish and similarly in other expressions of Christmas spirituality, such as the song "Silent Night, Holy Night."

Christmas Midnight Mass is one of Christianity’s earliest traditions. Around the year 380, a woman named Egeria made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, keeping a journal of the customs and liturgies she saw there. She witnessed the Christians celebrating the birth of Christ beginning with a midnight vigil in Bethlehem, which was followed by a torchlight procession to Jerusalem.

When the basilica of St. Mary Major was built in Rome around 430, Pope Sixtus III included a replica chapel of the Bethlehem cave where Jesus was born. He instituted the celebration of a midnight Mass in this chapel. Many Christians still cherish this custom as one of the holiest nights of the year.

Posted on: 2019/11/27 15:32
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Re: Christmas Eve Concert. Midnight Mass. MOZART MISSA SOLEMNIS K337
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There will be no Latin Mass at St. Anthony's. The Latin Mass ended at St. Anthony's about ten months ago for reasons that are somewhat obscure. It has, however, continued on all Sundays and Holydays at various churches around town (e.g. St. Paul's Greenville, St. John the Baptist, and Assumption. Right now it is regularly at Assumtion at 8:30 am on Sundays and 7:00 pm on Holy Days. You can follow the community on its website.
https://latinmassjc.com/

Assumption does not have the grand altar that St. Anthony's has, but it's acoustics are much better!


Hope to see you there!

Posted on: 2019/11/26 21:26
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Christmas Eve Concert. Midnight Mass. MOZART MISSA SOLEMNIS K337
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A Concert by Cantantes In Cordibus, directed by Simone Ferraresi will give on Chrstimas Eve at 11:30 PM at Assumption Church, 344 Pacific Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304. http://home.simoneferraresi.com/ The concert will feature chorale and instrumental works from the Medieval period until the present. There is parking in the lot adjacent to the church. The Church is three blocks from the LIberty State Park Light Rail.

At Midnight, the First Mass of Chrstimas will begin. The Rev. John Perricone will offer the Mass. The liturgy will be offered in the Extraordinary Form and will be in Latin. Taditional Hymns such as Adeste Fideles will be sung. The propers will be sung by the men's schola under the direction of Dr.Joseph Orchard.

The Mass Ordinary is the last Mass competed by Mozart, his great Missa Solemnis in C K 337. he Missa in C major (‘Missa solemnis et brevis’, K337) is the last Mass-setting written for Salzburg, and indeed the last Mass which the composer completed. It bears the date March 1780 as does the Epistle Sonata (K336) which, almost certainly, is a companion piece. Masses in Salzburg are usually described either as ‘longa’ (‘long’) or ‘brevis’ (‘short’) but this setting is yet another form. It is ‘brevis’ in that it is quite efficient, but Mozart also uses the title ‘solemnis’ (‘solemn’) indicating its suitability for a grand occasion and highlighting the augmented instrumentation. The Mass is scored for strings (without violas) and has three trombone parts doubling the alto, tenor and bass parts of the chorus, but it is further enhanced by trumpets, timpani, oboes and bassoons.

The first three movements of K337 are in a style of which the Archbishop would most certainly have approved. The ‘Kyrie’ has a rather subdued opening but one which is solemn and penitential (not always the case in settings from this period). The ‘Gloria’ stands in contrast with its bustling instrumental writing and energetic choral parts and moves through the text at some speed. Only in the final ‘Amen’ does Mozart allow himself a little liberty with two coloratura sections for the soprano soloist. The ‘Credo’ continues the energetic mood and uses a rondo-like form with Mozart repeating an infectious swinging motif throughout the movement. After the ‘Credo’ things begin to change as Mozart starts to assert his own musical priorities as well as perhaps making a pointed gesture at Colloredo. The Archbishop had no time for fugues in music which could be lengthy and involved repetition of the text: he also disliked extended solos such as those sung by great divas in the opera houses. The ‘Sanctus’ begins in a solemn style but leads to a rather cheeky ‘Osanna’. For the ‘Benedictus’ there is a real change of direction as Mozart uses a serious-sounding fugue in A minor and unusually makes no use of the soloists before the return of the ‘Osanna’. This taxes the skills of even the most accomplished choirs and, Cantantes In Cordibus has been hard at work mastering it.

Even more mischievously, Mozart writes a gorgeous aria in the contrasting key of E flat major for the ‘Agnus Dei’, one that belongs more to the world of opera than to that of church music, and which also features an obbligato organ part and exquisite oboe and bassoon writing. The Dona Nobis Pacem will have you wanting to almost waltz your way up to Holy Communion on this night celebrating the hypostatic union iof the Incarnation of Our Lord. And since He is the Prince of Peace, we all pray , indeed, dona nobis pacem!

Posted on: 2019/11/26 16:48
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Re: Statute of Blessed Mother in front of St. Michael's Church was Desecrated
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What did Fr. Quinn say? In the paper I thought he said something like: "THis is painful for us, but that person is welcome here anytime.:

I don't know. Can't one say: that person unless he's criminally insane should be punished and held accountable. Then we can welcome him.

Posted on: 2019/9/18 20:01
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Re: Statute of Blessed Mother in front of St. Michael's Church was Desecrated
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Thanks Sutherland for posting and expressing outrage.

It had been a felony under the common law to desecrate a Christian symbol. Where these laws still exist, they havebeen extended to other religions as well. Desecration of Christian symbols, particularly Catholic sacred objects, is rapidly rising throughout the West. The almost total lack of response to this by the neighborhood or the larger community is informative (and even in France supression of the facts). There is a large shrine to Our Blessed Mother on the corner of Lafayette and Pacific Avenue. People in the parish view it as well neigh miraculous that it has never been touched during all the years when Lafayette was dangerous and drug riven. It survived poverty and crime but will it survive prosperity and hipsters?

Posted on: 2019/9/18 14:19
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Re: Skunks out of control in Lafayette!!! City Sides with Skunks!
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Is that personal to me? If so, why and isn't that broad minded and neighborly? Or is it a general mythantropy and part of the anti human movement?

Posted on: 2019/9/11 12:55
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Re: Skunks out of control in Lafayette!!! City Sides with Skunks!
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haha. But you mean plus one to the skunks.

Posted on: 2019/9/10 16:43
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Skunks out of control in Lafayette!!! City Sides with Skunks!
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I had noticed over the summer that the skunk population of the Lafayette neighborhood has gotten out of control. I see them in the evening walking up and down Lafayette Street and Halladay, going up and down people's steps. I also see them around the gazebo in the park. Multiples at the same time!
This all became very personal when my wife and dog got skunked this morning in our backyard.
I called City Hall this morning and asked for Animal Control. A nice woman answered. Her name is Brittany. I told her what I was calling about and she said, “Yes, we are aware of it. There have been many calls.”
“Great!”” I though, there must be a plan. So I asked to be updated on what the City has been doing. The answer: “Nothing.” I was incredulous. Then I got a gentle lecture. I was told that skunks are wildlife and they have a right to live. I was further told that the Animal Control “does not trap healthy wildlife.” It was further explained that Jersey City’s animal control is humane
I was incredulous and exploded. This is insane. We are a densely populated city. These animals have no predators and will get at of control. Skunks are particularly good at being vectors for rabies. https://www.nj.com/middlesex/2019/05/r ... sex-county-this-year.html
We had already had a raccoon problem. Raccoons enter homes and cause havoc. We also have a possum problem.
Where will this lead?
I asked the humane young lady about rats. They are wildlife. What happens to them. She said, “Pest Control handles them. So I called City Hall and asked for Pest Control. I got directed right back to the nice humane lady. I explained and apologized.
I called City Hall back and explained that there is supposed to be another office that handles the eradication of rats even though they are wild life and it is not Animal Control but might be Pest Control. I was transferred again to a voice mail of a guy who did not identify himself or the office.

Posted on: 2019/9/10 15:47
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Re: Join Our Local Community Chorus
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Good luck as yoiu enter your sixth year, North River Sing!

Another opportunity to sing locally is available with Cantantes In Cordibus, a choir that sings at the Latin Mass which is held every Sunday morning in Jersey City. The repertoire of this group is the sacred music from the early Medieval period to contemporary. The propers of the Mass are sung in the Gregorian Chant settings of the Liber Usualis. Mass settings range from Gregorian Chant, to Renaissance Polyphony, to classical settings of Mozart and Haydn, etc. Right now we sing at the 8:30 am Mass at Assumption Church at 344 Pacific Avenue. Warm ups are at 8:00. Post Mass rehearsal at 10:00 am. Our director is the very talented Simone Ferraresi, who is also a pianist and composer. http://home.simoneferraresi.com/
Call Dan for more information at 201 406 9960

Posted on: 2019/8/13 13:02
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Re: CVM 2019 Bach Concert
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Looks great! Thanks for doing this!

Posted on: 2019/7/10 17:55
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Re: McNair Academic Ranked #1 in NJ!
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And I echo the others on this posting: from personal experience over her tenure at McNair, I found Mrs. McCabe to be intelligent, committed, kind, empathetic, flexible, creative, and dogged in her work. She is both an intellectual and an educator. At the same time, in an environment that can be draining, she sought to encourage balance and perspective among the students.
I have had kids in the school since 2008. I have personally observed the deterioration of the school in the following ways:
1. Loss of talented, intelligent and committed faculty members;
2. Increase in faculty members and staff who have no intellectual ability or even interests and are even proud to boast about how they do nothing but get high salaries and benefits.
3. Increase in politicized faculty members-both for local and union issues as well as national and global issues.
4. An increase in outrageous and unprofessional behavior of staff and teachers who enlist students in their insubordination and disregard for standards.
McNair Academic will be history unless this is all reversed. The Board of Ed simply will not be satisfied with running failing schools at every level until it destroys McNair which has always stuck in its craw (notwithstanding the occasional plaudit). What a shame. I feel terrible for all the families with young children in the city- but especially the poor and first generation college bound. One can accomplish great things after graduating from St. Peter’s College or NJCU. But it is a lot easier to get on the road to greatness when one goes to MIT, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Penn, Cornell, Stanford, Berkeley.

Posted on: 2019/7/10 17:54
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Re: McNair Academic Ranked #1 in NJ!
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If this is true, it seems further evidence of the serious erosion of McNair's identity. My impression is that Mrs. McCabe took over at a critical time when the founding lights of McNair were retirning. Excellent teachers like Mr. Delo, Mr. Selby, Mr. Royster have left and been replaced by typical mediocrities. The departure of the old administration with the retirement of Slatery who had found a way to resist the constant gravitational pull of the JCBOE who resented it as elitist and constantly undermined it (except when basking it is amazing achievements). McNair may never have lived up to the hype, but it had managed to launch who have done amazingly well. My impression is that the negatives- disregard for the substance of education and over emphasis on test scores and Aps has increased while the faculty become increasingly self-absorbed, seeing themselves primarily as a bargaining unit for life time employment. Mrs. McCabe is bright, articulate, and kind woman who threw herself in to the job. Reign of terror- if anything , she lacked the necessary resolve to punish and retaliate against insolent and insubordinate employees.

Posted on: 2019/7/1 21:33
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Re: New Jersey to require schools to teach LGBT history
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Dear User1111

Maybe you are younger than most here. Don't waste your youth.

But if you are young, I am surprised that you had not heard that Walt Whitman has been #canceled because of his racism.

Mao

Posted on: 2019/6/7 15:10
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Re: New Jersey to require schools to teach LGBT history
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Drip drip drop drop in the destruciton of education. I have three kids- two out of McNair to Ivies and the low-information quotient of their minds coming out is emblematic of generation. The progressive mantra starting with Dewey that Rouseau like, society has nothing to hand on to children and we just need to give them space to make their universes continues. Yet not completely- programtic left leaning requirements keep being added. I first discovered this when my oldest son went on a "Holocaust Tour of Europe" courtesy of the Board of Ed. It seemed like a good think until I read the curriculum which adopted hook line and sinker the highly controversial thesis of Daniel Goldenhaagen (unlike the established scholars (all of whom are also Jewish) of the Holocaust who saw National Socialism as post Christian or anti Christian resurgent paganism, Goldenhaagen saw Nazism as the inevitable and natural culimination of Chrstianity. While a balanced curriculum might include the Goldenhaagen thesis alongside of the others, the NJ curriculum presents it is dogma.

As for private education, it mostly just follows track. My little one is at OLC where the curriculum is just common core mediotcrity. You need a very independent and vigourous private school to swim against this current.

Posted on: 2019/6/7 13:05
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Re: Jersey City council pay would nearly double under new plan
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How absurd! Let's look to the kleptocracy that is Newark to justify raising council salaries.

Posted on: 2019/5/2 17:52
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Re: Jersey City Councilperson Reports Rent-Control Crisis Downtown
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Rent control is theft and POTUS should address this by requiring just compensation for those whose property is seized through these approaches.

Moreover, rent control only exacerbates the problem.https://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/RentControl.html

Local government used to be the practical government, almost nonpartisan. Why is it so insane now?

Posted on: 2019/4/30 17:37
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Re: Murphy pulls Mississippi flag from LSP
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How sensitive Murphy is! So sensitive that, after prayer, it is now legal in NJ to off one's eldelry parent. And funding "Planned Parenthood" [sic] was his first bill. And he has spent what seems like most of his energy trying to overcome resistance by the Black Caucus to pot legalization.

Posted on: 2019/4/29 16:50
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Re: A little history for those who weren't here back when:
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I think the "slum clearance" that took down the south part of the Village which is where Ferris High School and the other school is and then the mudhuts and the projects accross from St. Bridgets also impacted the neighborhood in a very negative manner.

Posted on: 2019/4/12 20:03
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Re: The SUV Phenomenon
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But that's the thing. Some of these SUVs are huge. The little lady virtually needs a step ladder to get in to it. Yet, often enough it only seats two in the front and three in the back- the same as a two door compact. I tried a jury case for a bicylist who was hit by an SUV turning off of 440. She was rushing to make the light and slammed into my client. My jury was all female and they all seemed to think that SUVs rule and that no bikes or pedestrians should be on the road.

Posted on: 2019/2/1 15:48
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Re: JC Woman Accuses Murphy Staffer of Rape
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No, it exists, but often does nothing other than run dummy candidates in cahoots with the Dems. Half of all judgeships go to Repubilcans and some boards are also split upon partisan lines. There are often these mysterious temporary conversions to the GOP right before a judicial nomination!

Posted on: 2019/1/25 18:19
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Re: JC Woman Accuses Murphy Staffer of Rape
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The Middlesex Prosecutor did not even interview her husband and best friend whom she had called immediately after the rape?

Jersey, especialy Dems and the GOP in bed with them, are so corrupt. The open secret is that Hudson County is probably one of the cleaner Counties. Middlesex County is so corrupt.

She sounds ridiculous, though, when she invokes anger at Kavanaugh and Tump.

Posted on: 2019/1/25 15:30
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Re: Free Christmas Eve Concert at St. Anthony's at Sixth and Monmouth
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Thanks Sutherland. And a very Merry Christmas to you!

Posted on: 2018/12/18 15:05
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Free Christmas Eve Concert at St. Anthony's at Sixth and Monmouth
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The Annual Free Christmas Eve Concert will be again offered by Cantantes In Cordibus at St. Anthony of Padua Church on Monmouth and Sixth. The Concert starts at 8:30 PM. Here's the program for the concert.

5) Christmas Eve PROGRAM
Prelude before Mass (8:30pm)
Organ solo (6 - 7 minutes)
En Natus Est Emmanuel (Praetorius)
A Great and Mighty Wonder
Verbum Caro Factum Est
In the Bleak Midwinter
Lully, Lulla, Lullay (Stopford)
Pastorale (Corelli)
Puer Natus in Bethlehem (Bach)
Tollite Hostias (Saint-Saens)

Immediately after the concert, the First Mass of Christmas will be offered. The Mass Ordinary is Christi Munera Aeterna, by Palestrina. The Propers of the Mass will be sung by the Men's schola from the Liber Usualis. Here's the program for the Mass.

Adeste Fideles Processional.
Kyrie (Palestrina, )
Organ + Trumpet: Fanfare before Gloria
Gloria (Palestrina)
Credo (Palestrina)
Pueri Concinite (Herbeck) Nick's solo
Sanctus (Palestrina)
Benedictus (Palestrina)
Agnus Dei (Palestrina)
Gloria (Vivaldi)
Ave Verum (Mozart)
Pifa (Haendel) Instrumental
O Magnum Mysterium (Victoria)
Hodie Christus Natus Est Chant.
Silent Night (Version in C major)
Tu scendi dalle stelle Traditional.
Angels We Have Heard on High
Postlude (Instrumental)

Posted on: 2018/12/17 16:13
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