Laetare Vespers, Schola Cantorum of St. Matthew’s

On Sun., April 3, 2011, 4:00pm, the Schola Cantorum of St. Matthew’s Cathedral presents the Office of Vespersfor Laetare Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Lent. The Office will be sung entirely in Latin, in Gregorian chant enhanced with renaissance motets of Tomàs Luis de Victoria and Heinrich Schütz and a setting of Deus, Qui Illuminas –  the Prayer after Communion for Laetare Sunday – by Spanish composer Julio Domínguez. The liturgy will be presented according to the Roman Liturgia Horarum, complete with the censing of the altar during the singing of the Magnificat. Texts and translations will be provided. The annual celebration of Gregorian Vespers is one of the most beloved musical events at the Cathedral each year.

3 Replies to “Laetare Vespers, Schola Cantorum of St. Matthew’s”

  1. Or, you could come to St. Mary in Alexandria at 7:30 that evening for sung Vespers and Benediction in the Extraordinary form. Two priests from St. John the Beloved in McLean (Fr. Scalia and Fr. McAfee) as well as a priest from the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter will preside at the service. The Suspicious Cheese Lords, a vocal group specializing in the music of the Renaissance, will provide the music.

  2. Too bad my former parish, St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington D.C., unlike the Anglican National Cathedral on Wisconsin Avenue, doesn't celebrate vespers (evensong) every Sunday of the year.

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