Ecclesia Choir Concert

The Ecclesia Choir, professional choir of 16 members, founded and directed by Deacon Timothy Woods, will present a concert of sacred music by Peter Kwasniewski at St. John Cantius church, 825 N Carpenter St., June 25, at 3:30 p.m.


Suggested donations, $11-$19

1) Get tickets online at Eventbrite
2) Call (815) 806-0066
3) Email
4) Tickets are available at the door as well.


Music of the Holy Triduum

1. Seven Mandatum Antiphons (2010), dedicated to Arvo Pärt
    i. After the Lord had risen from supper
    ii. The Lord Jesus, after he had supped
    iii. Lord, dost thou wash my feet?
    iv. If I, your Lord and Master
    v. By this shall all men know
    vi. A new commandment give I unto you
    vii. Let there abide in you
2. Tantum Ergo II, III, V (2013), dedicated to Sean Gordon Lewis
3. Reproaches for Good Friday, Setting II (2013), in English & Greek
4. Reproaches for Good Friday, Setting V (2016), in Latin & Greek
5. Venit Jesus, from Three Easter Motets (2010)

Motets for the Church Year

6. Thee, O Mary, Will I Praise (2013), text by Angelus Silesius
7. O Clarissima Mater (2013), text by St. Hildegard of Bingen
8. Christus Natus (2014)
9. The Coventry Carol (2010)
10. My Jesus, Mercy (2013)
11. O Passio Magna (2014)
12. Non vos relinquam (1994)
13. Two Settings of Psalm 116 (2013), dedicated to Benedict XVI

Tickets may be pre-ordered at Eventbrite
. Tickets will also be available at the door. Please help spread the word among lovers of sacred music who live in the greater Chicago area. I will be there (of course…) and greatly look forward to meeting people before and afterwards!

(Videos of several of my compositions may be found at this link; the web page for my book of Sacred Choral Works is here. For an interview with Aleteia on how I got into sacred music, my work as a composer, and the Church’s lofty vision for the art of music, visit this page. For a second interview with Aleteia about the irreplaceable role of choirs in the Church, visit this page.

About the Composer

Peter Kwasniewski holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College in California and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. After teaching at the International Theological Institute in Austria and for the Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Austrian Program, he joined the founding team of Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyoming, where he teaches philosophy, theology, music, and art history, and serves as choirmaster. He is a board member and scholar of The Aquinas Institute, which is publishing the Opera Omnia of the Angelic Doctor, and a Fellow of the Albertus Magnus Center for Scholastic Studies. Kwasniewski has taught and written over 500 articles on Thomistic thought, sacramental and liturgical theology, the history and aesthetics of music, and the social doctrine of the Church. He has published two books with The Catholic University of America Press and a volume of his own musical compositions, Sacred Choral Works (Corpus Christi Watershed, 2014). His book Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis: Sacred Liturgy, the Traditional Latin Mass, and Renewal in the Church (Angelico Press, 2014) has been published in Czech and Polish and is being translated into Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German. Dr. Kwasniewski writes for several major weblogs, including New Liturgical Movement and Rorate Caeli.