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Corpus Christi Tridentine High Mass at 11 am with Eucharistic Procession

Details:
Jun. 7, 11:00 am  -  External Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Latin High Mass (Ordinary Form)

Missa Trahe Me Post Te, Tomás, Luis de Victoria, (c. 1548 –1611)
Lauda Sion, Hendrik Andreissen (1892 – 1981)
Panis Angelicus, Pierre Villette (1926 – 1998)
Ego Sum Panis Vivus, Pierre Manchicourt (c. 1510 – 1564)

The 11 am and 12:30 pm Masses are combined today. The 11 am Mass will be celebrated according to the 1962 Missale Romanum (Extraordinary Form). We are planning to have an outdoor Eucharistic procession after the 11 am Mass. There will not be a 12:30 pm Mass.

St. Cecilia Choir sings 12:30 pm Mass

Details:
May. 24, 12:30 pm  -  Solemnity of Pentecost, Latin High Mass (Ordinary Form)

Missa Veni Creator, Guiseppe Bernabai (1649 – 1732)
Non Vos Relinquam, William Byrd (1540 – 1623)
Factus Est Repente, James MacMillan (b. 1959)

St. Cecilia Choir sings 11 am Mass

Details:
May. 24, 11:00 am  -  Pentecost
Missa Veni Creator, Guiseppe Bernabai (1649 – 1732)
Non Vos Relinquam, William Byrd (1540 – 1623)
Factus Est Repente, James MacMillan (b. 1959)

St. Cecilia Choir sings 12:30 pm Mass

Details:
May. 17, 12:30 pm  -  External Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord, Latin High Mass (Ordinary Form)

Missa Rex Gloriae, Alonso Lobo (1555 – 1617)
Caelos Ascendit, Charles Villiers Stanford (1852 – 1924)
Ascendens Christum in Altum, Francisco Guerrero (1528 – 1599)

St. Cecilia Choir sings 11:00 am Mass

Details:
May. 17, 11:00 am  -  Ascension of Our Lord, Latin High Mass (Ordinary Form)

Missa Rex Gloriae, Alonso Lobo (1555 – 1617)
Caelos Ascendit, Charles Villiers Stanford (1852 – 1924)
Ascendens Christum in Altum, Francisco Guerrero (1528 – 1599)

St. Cecilia Choir sings 11 am Mass

Details:
May. 3, 11:00 am  -  5th Sunday of Easter, Latin High Mass (Ordinary Form)

Missa Brevis, Grayston Ives (b. 1948)
Regina Coeli, Tomás, Luis de Victoria, (c. 1548 –1611)
Dum Transisset Sabbatum, Christia Erbach (c. 1568 – 1636)

St. Cecilia Choir sings 12:30 pm Mass

Details:
Apr. 12, 12:30 pm  -  “Quasimodo” Sunday, Latin High Mass (Extraordinary Form)

Missa Aeterna Christi Munera, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525 – 1594)
Angelus Domini, Josef Gabriel Rheinberger (1839 – 1901)
Alleluia, Cognoverunt Discipuli, William Byrd (1540 – 1623)

10pm Easter Vigil, St. Cecilia Choir

Details:
Apr. 4, 10:00 pm  -  Solemnity of the Resurrection of Our Lord, Latin High Mass (Ordinary Form)
Missa Ego Sum Qui Sum, Phillipe Rogier (1561 – 1596)
Tulerunt Dominum Meum, Giovanni Battista della Gostena (c. 1558 – 1593)
Ego Sum Qui Sum, Nicholas Gombert (1495 – 1560)

Attending this Mass fulfills the obligation for Easter Sunday.

There is no 8:30 am Mass or 5 pm Mass on Holy Saturday, April 19

3pm Good Friday Service, St. Cecilia Choir

Details:
Apr. 3, 3:00 pm  -  Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday
2:30 pm Confessions begin and continue through the Liturgy.

St. John Passion, Francisco Guerrero (1528 – 1599)
Vinea Mea Electa, François Poulenc (1899 – 1963)
Improperia, Tomás, Luis de Victoria (c. 1548 –1611)
Crux Fidelis, John IV of Portugal (1604 – 1656)
Vexilla Regis, Anton Bruckner (1824 – 1896)

After the 3 pm Good Friday Liturgy we pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet & Novena.

Additional Confessions will be heard after the 3 pm Good Friday Liturgy.

7 pm Mass, St. Cecilia Choir, Holy Thursday

Details:
Apr. 2, 7:00 pm  -  Holy (“Maundy”) Thursday, Latin High Mass (Ordinary Form)
Nos Autem Gloriari , Grayston Ives (b. 1948)
Missa Ecce Quam Bonum, Jacobus Clemens non Papa (c. 1510 – c. 1555)
Ubi Caritas, Richard Kidd (b. 1952)
Domine Jesu in Qua Nocte, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525 – 1594)
Tantum Ergo, Flor Peeters (1903 – 1986)

Tenebrae for Spy Wednesday, 7:30 pm, St. Cecilia Choir

Details:
Apr. 1, 7:30 pm
Spy Wednesday of Holy Week

Responsoria, Tomás Luis de Victoria, (c. 1548 – 1611)
Benedictus, Jacob Handl (1550 – 1591)
Christus Factus Est, Anton Bruckner (1824 – 1896)
Miserere Mei, Gregorio Allegri (1582 – 1652)


There is no 7:30 pm Mass tonight.

St. Cecilia Choir sings for Palm Sunday Mass at 9:30 am

Details:
Mar. 29, 9:30 am
The 9am and 11am Masses are combined on Palm Sunday. Mass begins at 9:30 am.

Palm Sunday, Latin High Mass (Ordinary Form) - 9:30 am

Ingrediente Domino, George Malcolm (1917 – 1997)
St. Mark Passion, Francisco Guerrero (1528 – 1599)
Missa In Media Vita, Nicholas Gombert (1495 – 1560)
Improperium, Russell Woollen (1923 – 1994)
Timor et Tremor, Roland Lassus (1532 – 1594)

Note: The early Mass on Palm Sunday starts at 7:00 am (30 minutes earlier than on most Sundays of the year), but the Tridentine Latin High Mass begins, as usual, at 12:30 pm on Palm Sunday.

St. Cecilia Choir sings 12:30 pm Mass

Details:
Mar. 15, 12:30 pm  -  4th Sunday in Lent (“Laetare”), Latin High Mass (Ordinary Form)

Messe in D, Joseph von Eybler (1765 – 1846)
Scapilis Suis, Robert Kruetz (1922 – 1996)
Crux Fidelis, Jean Jules Amabile Roger-Ducasse (1873 – 1954)

St. Cecilia Choir sings 11 am Mass

Details:
Mar. 15, 11:00 am  -  4th Sunday in Lent (“Laetare”), Latin High Mass (Ordinary Form)

Messe in D, Joseph von Eybler (1765 – 1846)
Scapilis Suis, Robert Kruetz (1922 – 1996)
Crux Fidelis, Jean Jules Amabile Roger-Ducasse (1873 – 1954)

St. Cecilia Choir sings 11 am Mass

Details:
Feb. 8, 11:00 am  -  5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Latin High Mass (Ordinary Form)

Missa Audi Filia, Claude Goudimel (c.1514 – 1572)
Gustate et Videte, Heinrich Isaac (1450 – 1517)
Ave Verum, Svein Moller (1958 – 1999)

St. Cecilia Choir sings 11 am Mass

Details:
Jan. 18, 11:00 am  -  2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Latin High Mass (Ordinary Form)

Missa Super Adieu Me Amours, Adam Reiner (fl. 1541)
Jesu Dulcis Memoria, Colin Mawby (b. 1936)
Hoc Corpus, Melchior Robledo (1510 – 1586)

St. Cecilia Choir sings 11 am Mass

Details:
Jan. 4, 11:00 am  -  Epiphany, Latin High Mass (Ordinary Form)

Krippenmesse – Joseph Kronesteiner (1910 –1988)
Reges Tharsis, Joseph Leopold Eybler (1765 – 1846)
Videntes Stellam, Emanuele Vianelli (b. 1968)

Ensemble Cor et Vox sings at 12:30 pm Mass

Details:
Dec. 25, 12:30 pm  -  Christmas Day
Missa Brevis in C major (Credo Mass), K 257, Wolfgang A. Mozart (1756-1791)



Transeamus usque Betlehem, Joseph Ignaz Schnabel (1767-1831)



Te Deum, K 141, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)


Midnight Mass

Latin High Mass, Extraordinary Form

Details:
Dec. 24, 11:00 pm  -  Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
11:00 pm Christmas Music (December 24)

The Midnight Mass is preceded by an hour of sacred Christmas music for choir and orchestra including Handel’s Messiah, as well as popular Christmas Carols for all to sing.

Messiah, George Frederick Handel (1685-1759 )



12:00 am Midnight Mass (December 25)

Mass No. 3 in B Flat (D 324), Franz Schubert (1797-1828)



Quare fremuerunt géntes (Christmas Oratorio), Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)



Dixit Dominus, K 339, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)



Resurrection Choir and Orchestra

Sing-a-long with Jolly ‘Ole St. Nick

Featuring the Wurlitzer Pipe Organ with Organist Jay Warren Theatre Organist

Details:
Dec. 20, 3:00 pm
Bring the whole family to this fun-filled time of Christmas music with our newly restored Wurlitzer Theatre Organ.

3:00 pm

--Lunch
--Sing-a-long (Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snowman and more...)
--Silent Film for Christmastime by Charley Chase
--Christmas Stories as the kids gather round.
--Visit with St. Nick

Family food and drinks will be available making for a delightful afternoon as we get ready for Christmas.

Meanwhile the music of the great Wurlitzer organ continues to thrill our ears!

Enjoy this hilarious film - a classic Laurel and Hardy film - for Christmas.

Finally a visit from St. Nicholas himself will crown the afternoon.

Get a photo with St. Nicholas and take home great Christmas memories. So don't forget to bring your own camera.

Hear Organist Jay Warren playing on a Christmas program.



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St. Cecilia Choir sings 12:30 pm Mass

Details:
Dec. 14, 12:30 pm  -  3rd Sunday in Advent (“Gaudete”), Latin High Mass (Ordinary Form)
Missa in D, Johann Albrechstberger (1736 – 1809)
Qui Sedes – Josef Gabriel Rheinberger (1839 – 1901)
Benedixisti – Josef Gabriel Rheinberger (1839 – 1901)

St. Cecilia Choir sings 11 am Mass

Details:
Dec. 14, 11:00 am  -  3rd Sunday in Advent (“Gaudete”), Latin High Mass (Ordinary Form)

Missa in D, Johann Albrechstberger (1736 – 1809)
Qui Sedes – Josef Gabriel Rheinberger (1839 – 1901)
Benedixisti – Josef Gabriel Rheinberger (1839 – 1901)

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 2014

Details:
Dec. 13, 7:00 pm

Christmas joy! St. John Cantius' Service of Nine Lessons and Carols brings you the classic carols of Christmas.

Enjoy singing classic Christmas carols with our choirs accompanied by our massive Casavant Pipe Organ, nicknamed "Tina Mae." Hear the Christmas story read from the famous "nine lessons" taken from the Bible. Let your heart be warmed by youthful voices of our Magnificat Choir. Start your Christmas celebration right with beautiful Christmas Music from St. John Cantius, as the stunning voices of our St. Cecilia Choir sing "Ecce Rex" (Hail King) to the Infant Lord of Bethlehem.

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2014 Repetoire



Hymn: Once in Royal David’s City, Traditional Carol
Hymn: Hark! the herald angels sing, Traditional Carol
And many other faith-filled Christmas carols

Wir Christenleut, versions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Hermann Schein, and Michael Praetorius
Three Kings, Healey Willan
The Shepherd's Carol, Bob Chilcott
Touro-louro-lour! Nicolas Saboly, Arr. Shaw/Parker
Ne Timeas Maria, Tomás Luis de Victoria
Resonent in Laudibus, Orlando di Lassus
Wir glauben all' an einen Gott, Johann Walther
O Sacrum Convivium, Andrea Gabrieli
Tantum Ergo, Alexander Tikhonovich Gretchaninov

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Guest Organist for Lessons and Carols - 2014

Phillip Kloeckner

Phillip Kloeckner's musical soul has found deep resonance in a wide variety of contexts in many places around the globe. His mission is to bring positive, transformative, and inspiring energy to his audiences through the beauty and thoughtfulness of his interpretations of both standard and less-recognized literature, and through instinctive and intuitive improvisations. His most gratifying musical experiences continue to result from being part of uniting people through experiencing and sharing music. "Each time I perform, it is always exciting to invite listeners into the unfolding drama of the music. Although the notes on the printed page never change, new audiences comprised of an ever-changing cross-section of humanity bring new opportunities for dynamic interaction. And there is also the joy and challenge of bringing new insights to a well-known composition."

The breadth and depth of his performing experience at the organ and harpsichord are represented by numerous critically praised appearances in Europe, Central and South America, and in the United States (Florida, Virginia, Vermont, New York, Ohio, California, Texas, Washington, D. C., Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Massachusetts). He has been a featured performer for the American Musicological Society (1998 and 2011), Society for Seventeenth-Century Music (2010), and the American Philosophical Society (2009). He has collaborated with the admired American soprano Cynthia Clayton in a program of American sacred songs from the twentieth century, with the late Sergiu Luca and the Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra, the Mexican guitarist Juan Carlos Aguilar, the Shepherd School Brass Ensemble, and with Mercury Baroque Ensemble. Both his live and recorded performances have been heard locally and nationally on National Public Radio. Played on the landmark Fisk-Rosales organ at Rice University, his first CD of solo organ literature, Exotic Variations, will appear in 2013.

Although his primary focus is performing as an organist, harpsichordist, piano accompanist, and conductor, Phillip maintains a profound commitment to teaching and mentoring developing musicians. He completed ten years on the faculty of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston teaching applied organ, music theory, aural skills, figured bass and continuo, keyboard skills, score reading, and courses in church music and has recently joined the music faculty in a similar position at the University of Chicago. His textbook, FUNCTIONAL HEARING, A Contextual Method for Ear Training, written with Arthur Gottschalk, is now in its sixteenth year of publication. He is currently helping to edit the English translation of Dr. Peter Ewers' book on organ improvisation, Einfach spielen! Anstiftung zur Improvisation.

His interest and research in the realm of nineteenth-century organs lead him to the first comprehensive study of these instruments in Perú: Nineteenth-Century Organs in Perú and the Special Case of Innocente Foglia (2001). With the assistance of Hans van Gemert, he was able to document and publish for the first time the locations and specifications of several significant instruments that had been heretofore unknown, including three built by Aristide Cavaillè-Coll between 1850 and 1880. An article describing the highlights of this work appears in the December 2009 issue of THE AMERICAN ORGANIST. Dr. Kloeckner is currently serving as the consultant for the renovation of the 1855 Belgian organ in the cathedral of Lima.

From 2003 through 2012, Dr. Kloeckner was the artistic director of the 100-voice United Nations Association International Choir, establishing the ensemble as an important part of that city's cultural fabric by collaborating with a refreshing array of local soloists and ensembles representing the great indigenous musical traditions of the world. Highlights of his tenure with the UNAIC include the North American premiere of Melchor Tapia's St. Luke Passion, the Houston premiere of César Franck's Seven Last Words, and the first Houston performance in twenty-five years of Ernest Bloch's Sacred Service, with Grammy-Award winning bass baritone Mark S. Doss in the role of the cantor. For the tenth anniversary of the Choir, he commissioned Jan Gilbert's That the Dove May Rest, featuring Space City Gamelan and mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala singing the poetry of Uruguayan poet Sara de Ibáñez.

Furthermore, Phillip Kloeckner has had the opportunity to commission and/or perform the premieres of numerous works for organ, instruments, and voices by composers Gerre Hancock, Ann Gebuhr, Arthur Gottschalk, Carlyle Sharpe, Geoffrey Nytch, and Katharine O'Connell.

An adjudicator in organ competitions and a sought-after leader of workshops and retreats on subjects ranging from organs, organ playing, and organ literature to a wide variety of topics in church music and liturgies, Dr. Kloeckner served for almost twenty years on the Music Commission of the Diocese of Texas. For twenty-six years, he served with distinction as organist/choirmaster of Episcopal congregations in Pearland, Lake Jackson, and Houston, Texas.

St. Cecilia Choir sings 7:30 pm Mass - Immaculate Conception

Details:
Dec. 8, 7:30 pm  -  Immaculate Conception, Latin High Mass (Extraordinary Form)

Missa Ne Timeas Maria, Giovanni Gastoldi (1554 – 1609)
Trahe Me Post Te, Tomás Luis de Victoria, (c. 1548 –1611)
Tota Pulchra Est Maria, Pablo Casals (1876 – 1973)

St. Cecilia Choir sings 12:30 pm Mass

Details:
Dec. 7, 12:30 pm  -  2nd Sunday in Advent, Latin High Mass (Extraordinary Form)

Missa Super Dixit Maria, Hans Leo Hassler (1564 – 1612)
Ex Sion – Josef Gabriel Rheinberger (1839 – 1901)
Deus Tu Convertens – Josef Gabriel Rheinberger (1839 – 1901)

St. Cecilia Choir sings 11 am Mass

Details:
Dec. 7, 11:00 am  -  2nd Sunday in Advent, Latin High Mass (Ordinary Form)

Missa Super Dixit Maria, Hans Leo Hassler (1564 – 1612)
Ex Sion – Josef Gabriel Rheinberger (1839 – 1901)
Deus Tu Convertens – Josef Gabriel Rheinberger (1839 – 1901)

Advent Reflections - Marina Omelchenko - Organist

Marina Omelchenko - Organist

Details:
Nov. 30, 2:00 pm
Due to travel difficulties the concert of organist Marina Omelchenko is canceled.

Cantate Domino Choir sings for 12:30 pm Mass

Details:
Nov. 30, 12:30 pm  -  1st Sunday of Advent—Cantate Domino Choir
Mass in E Flat Major, Opus 155, Josef Gabriel Rheinberger (1839-1901)
Ave Maria, Op. 12, Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Veni Domine, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847)











Plan to attend the Lunch and Organ Recital after 12:30 pm Mass today.

St. Cecilia Choir sings 11 am Mass

Details:
Nov. 23, 11:00 am  -  Solemnity of Christ the King, Latin High Mass (Ordinary Form)

Missa Festiva, Alexander Gretchaninoff (1864 – 1956)
Postula á Me, Russell Woollen (1923 – 1994)
Ecce Vicit Leo, Peter Phillips (1550 – 1628)

A MUSICAL OFFERING FOR ST. CECILIA’S DAY

Details:
Nov. 22, 1:00 pm




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Sacred Music for Mass - 2:30 p.m.


Missa Caça - Cristobal de Morales
Cantate Domino - Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni
O Sacrum - Domenico Bartolucci

Magnificat Choir

Stephen Schnurr

Stephen Schnurr has served as Director of Music for Saint Paul Catholic Church, Valparaiso, Indiana, since 1990. At Saint Paul, he has led the adult choir on concert tours of Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Poland, and the Czech Republic. Another tour is planned for June 2014. He has led the Junior Choir on tour with the young people’s choirs of Grace Episcopal Church, Oak Park, Illinois, to Saint Louis and Minneapolis. The next tour for these groups will occur in April of 2013, with a visit to Louisville.

Schnurr holds the Master of Music, Master of Musical Arts, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music/School of Music, and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Latin from Duke University. His organ teachers have included Thomas Murray, Charles Krigbaum, Gerre Hancock, Peter Williams, Robert Parkins, and Melvin Dickinson. He studied choral conducting with Rodney Wynkoop and Marguerite Brooks.

As a recitalist, Dr. Schnurr has performed throughout the United States as well as in Germany, Poland, England, and Northern Ireland. He was the only American to perform for the International Organ Festival at Bielsko-Biala, Poland, in 1999. In July of 2012, he presented his tenth recital for a National Convention of the Organ Historical Society. His recital work is repeatedly featured on OHS Productions releases.

Schnurr is a frequently-published authority on the history of the American pipe organ, particularly in the Great Lakes region. His articles have appeared in journals such as The Tracker, The American Organist, and The Stopt Diapason. In 2009, he finished Pipe Organs of Chicago, Volume II, from Chauncey Park Press (with Dennis Northway). The critically-acclaimed Volume I of Pipe Organs of Chicago, released in 2005, is the largest-selling organ atlas to be published in the United States.

Active with the Organ Historical Society, he was Secretary of the National Council from 2000 until 2011 and Chair of the Historic Organ Citations Committee from 2003 until 2012. He has served on OHS convention committees for Chicago (2002, for which he was committee chair), Buffalo (2004), Central Indiana (2007), Cleveland (2009), and Chicago (2012). He was President of the Chicago-Midwest Chapter from 1995 through 2001, and is editor of that chapter’s journal, The Stopt Diapason. He is frequently consulted for historic organ restorations in the Chicago metropolitan region.