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Church of the Advent of Christ the King announces music selections for Holy Week

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Yesterday Paul Ellison, Director of Music at the Church of the Advent of Christ the King, announced the music selections for the services that will be taking place between today, Maundy Thursday, and Easter Sunday. All vocal selections will be performed by Ellison’s Schola Adventus choir, and Ellison will also play the organ. Here is the schedule for the services enumerating the composers whose music will be performed:

Maundy Thursday, April 17, 6:30 p.m.: The introit antiphon, “Nos autem gloriari” will be by the sixteenth-century Italian composer Felice Anerio. The anthem will be William Byrd’s setting of “Ave verum Corpus;” and the motet will be Maurice Dururflé’s “Tantum ergo.” The opening organ prelude will be Johann Sebastian Bach’s BWV 654 chorale prelude on “Schmücke dich, O liebe Seele.”

Good Friday, April 18, 6:30 p.m.: The Passion text will be taken from The Gospel According to John and will be chanted in traditional plainsong. The setting of the Reproaches will be by Tomás Luis de Victoria. The anthem will be Francis Poulenc’s “Tenebrae factae sunt,” the third of four motets he composed “for a time of penitence” between 1938 and 1939. The hymn will be “Crux fidelis” in a setting by John IV of Portugal. The antiphon will be Giovanni Maria Nanino’s “Adoramus te;” and the motet will be “O Crux, ave, spes unica” by Cristóbal de Morales.

Great Vigil of Easter, Saturday, April 19, 10:30 p.m.: The Ordinary of the Mass will be sung in a setting by Franz Schubert. This will be preceded by a series of traditional Latin Gregorian responsories and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s setting of “Sicut cervus.” The anthem will be Byrd’s setting of “Haec dies;” and the motet will be “Maria Magdalena” by the sixteenth-century Spanish composer Francisco Guerrero. The organ postlude will be Camille Saint-Saëns’ E-flat major fantasia.

Easter Day, Sunday, April 20, 11 a.m.: There will be two selections by Victoria, “Vidi aquam” and the anthem “Regina caeli laetare.” The motet will be “Most glorious Lord of Lyfe!,” by the twentieth-century English composer Armstrong Gibbs. The remainder of the service will be chanted as plainsong. The organ prelude will be Bach’s BWV 662 chorale prelude on the German hymn for the Gloria, “Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr;” and the postlude will be a reprise of the Saint-Saëns fantasia.

The Church of the Advent of Christ the King is located at 261 Fell Street, between Franklin Street and Gough Street; and, for those coming by car, there is a parking lot adjacent to the church.

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