Casavant 2793 plays again

The Saint Anne Shrine Preservation Society, a lay association working to preserve and fully reopen the former Dominican shrine in Fall River, Massachusetts, took a step forward this week when they presented a organ recital on the Shrine’s Casavant, Opus 2793.

Matthew Dion, a organ student at Oberlin, has been working with organist and organ builder Bro. Roger Chingas, FSC, to tune and make some minor repairs to the organ, which had been largely idle and unmaintained since the upper church was closed in 2015. The instrument was dedicated in 1964 with a recital by Jean Langlais, and one of the works from that program was included in this week’s recital.

A few days ago Dion recorded these pieces, and they were streamed with live introductions on Tuesday. Times within the video are indicated, with links to the works.

6:32: L.N. Clérambault: Grand plein jeu from the Suite du 1. Ton

12:29: François Couperin: an excerpt from the Messe pour les Couvents

15:09: Louis Marchand: Grand Dialogue

26:32: Percy Fletcher: Fountain Reverie

31:07: J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in a minor

43:50: Jean Langlais: Trois méditations sur la Sainte Trinité: 1. Le Père

48:23: Jean Langlais: Pasticcio

54:40: Louis Vierne: Clair de lune from the 24 Pièces de Fantaisie

1:03:20: Jean Langlais: Te Deum from the Trois Paraphrases Grégoriennes

The full concert video is available here.

(Photo credit: by Kenneth C. Zirkel, via Wikimedia)

PS: I updated this post on July 31 to credit Brother Chingas, whose name I first omitted. Sorry for the lapse! Congratulations to him and Matthew Dion on the fine sound their work produced.

Easter Vespers from St. Michael Abbey

The Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael’s Abbey in Orange County, CA, are streaming their Vespers today, Easter Sunday, and for the rest of the Easter Octave.

A Facebook “event” announcement is at

and the video is scheduled to appear live on the page of the charity “Aid to the Church in Need“, whose founder and whose current US director are both Norbertines:

The time of the Vespers on Easter Sunday will be 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time (6:30 p.m. Eastern). (See the event page for the other days.)

UPDATE: The first-time video was shaky, but it was good to hear the fully chanted Office, including falsobordone verses on the Magnificat.

The Great Vigil of Easter, from Houston

The Easter Vigil, celebrated at Our Lady of Walsingham Church in Houston by Bishop Steven Lopes. The church is the seat of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, the body in North America for Catholics of Anglican heritage. Their Mass follows the approved liturgical form for the Ordinariate, Divine Worship: The Missal, which preserves elements of Anglican patrimony in a Mass of the Roman rite.

A bulletin with the hymns and chants of the Mass is available on-line. The organist and choirmaster of the parish is Edmund Murray.