Paul Ellison, Director of Music at The Church of the Advent of Christ the King, has prepared three days of music for the All Saintstide services, two of which will involve the resident choir Schola Adventus.
The Feast of All Saints will be celebrated with a Procession and High Mass that will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, November 1. Schola Adventus will sing Tomás Luis de Victoria’s motet “O quam gloriosam,” as well as his mass setting based on the themes of this motet. They will also sing the appropriate Gregorian Chant Propers and the anthem “Holy is the true light” by William Henry Harris.
This will be followed by a High Latin Mass of Requiem to be celebrated for All Souls’ Day. This will take place at 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 2. This will again include all of the appropriate Gregorian Chant Propers, including the “Dies irae” sequence, perhaps the best known liturgical chant music. For this service Ellison will conduct Schola Civilis, the chant ensemble he directs at San Francisco State University.
The following day, Sunday, November 3, is the Sunday within the Octave of All Saints. It will be celebrated with a High Mass and the Renewal of Baptismal Promises. Schola Adventus will sing the Gregorian Chant Propers. They will also sing the motet “O quam gloriosam” by the Flemish Renaissance composer Jacobus Vaet and the anthem “Give us the wings of faith” by the twentieth-century English composer Ernest Bullock. The service will begin at 11 a.m.
The Church of the Advent of Christ the King is located at 261 Fell Street, between Franklin Street and Gough Street.
Those wishing to save dates should also be informed of three upcoming music events:
- Sunday, November 17, 4 p.m.: Ellison will accompany vocalist Jonathon Hampton on the piano for a program of Negro spirituals.
- Sunday, November 24, 11 a.m.: Schola Adventus will participate in the Mass celebration, singing William Byrd’s five-voice setting of the Mass text and the “Te Deum” hymn as set by Charles Villiers Stanford, as well as an “Alleluia” setting by Thomas Weelkes on the text “I heard a voice.”
- Sunday, December 1, 6 p.m.: This will be An Advent Liturgy with a candlelight procession, readings, and carol setting by composers ranging from the Renaissance to the twentieth century.