Solemn Pontifical Mass Music Program Announced

April 28 Mass at basilica shrine in DC is open to the public


April 26, 2018
For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON — A list of all the sacred music that will be sung during Saturday’s solemn pontifical Mass in Washington, D.C., was announced today.

The traditional Latin Mass, which will be broadcast live and worldwide on EWTN, is open to the public to attend, at 1 p.m. on April 28, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception’s upper church.

Two choirs will sing before the procession and Mass: one from the Lyceum School in South Euclid, Ohio; and another from Saint John the Baptist church in Allentown, N.J.

All of the Gregorian chant propers of the Mass will be sung by the men’s schola from Saint Mary Mother of God church in Washington, D.C., directed by Mr. David Sullivan.

The choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, directed by Dr. Peter Latona, will sing sacred polyphony and motets from the Renaissance period, joined by instrumentalists from the Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble.  Pipe organ played by three organists from the shrine will be prevalent during the Mass, including J.S. Bach’s  “Fantasia in G Major,” also known as “Pièce d’Orgue.”

The polyphonic ordinary of the Mass will be “Missa Salve Regina” by Father Tomás Luis de Victoria.

After the schola has chanted the Offertory proper, the shrine’s choir will sing “Ave Maris Stella” by Claudio Monteverdi.

After the Communion proper has been chanted by the schola, the shrine’s choir will sing “Caro Mea” by Pierre de Manchicourt, “O Sacrum Convivium” by Thomas Tallis, “Beata Es Virgo Maria” by Vincenzo Ugolini and “Magnificat” by Luca Marenzio.

Additional details on the Mass can be found on the event page:

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