Once again Schola Adventus, the resident choir at The Church of the Advent of Christ the King, directed by Paul Ellison, has been enjoying a summer break. However, as was the case a year ago, six members of the choir will participate in the celebration of the High Mass for the Feast of the Assumption. This marks the occasion of the Virgin Mary’s entry into heaven at the end of her earthly life. (The Latin “assūmptiō” translates into English as “taken up.”) The Celebrant for this service will be Mother Lizette Larson-Miller.
Ellison has chosen to repeat two compositions that were performed at last year’s service. The Mass setting will be Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s Missa Assumpta est Maria (Mary is taken), a setting in six voices. The anthem will be John Tavener’s “Hymn for the Dormition of the Mother of God,” one of his two Hymns to the Mother of God composed in 1985. The vocalists will be David Alban, Gabriel Fanelli, Michelle Clair, Jonathan Hampton, Sidney Chen, and Kelsey Linnett. Prelude and postlude will be organ solos performed by Ellison. The prelude will be Franz Liszt’s “Ave Maria” setting. The postlude will be by Michel Corrette. This will be a fantasia on the Magnificat chant in the third and fourth tones, followed by a fugue and taken from his first book of organ music, published in 1737.
This service will again begin at 6:30 p.m. on August 15, which falls on a Friday this year. The Church of the Advent of Christ the King is located at 261 Fell Street, between Franklin Street and Gough Street. A hosted reception will follow the service.