Parish Music Program
Music List 2016-2017 offers a complete listing of this season’s services with music, including the Schola Cantorum’s repertoire for each.
The Solemn Mass is at the heart of the Parish’s liturgical life. As such, it is celebrated on Sundays (at 12:00 Noon at St. Vincent’s), on major feast days, and to mark important occasions in the community. The Schola Cantorum, the Parish’s professional ensemble of eight singers, sings for these Masses. Schola Cantorum is the official term used by the Roman Church to denote a liturgical choir and literally means ‘school of singing’.
The Schola chants the Latin Propers (the Entrance (Officium), Offertory, and Communion Antiphons and the Alleluia) according to the Dominican Graduale, the chant book particular to the Order of Preachers. Offertory and Communion motets follow the respective Antiphons and on feast days a choral Ordinary is offered. This broad range of repertoire surveys the very best in the treasured patrimony of Catholic polyphony.
Additional prayers sung by the congregation at a Solemn Mass include the Credo and a seasonally-changing Marian Antiphon after the dismissal. The celebrant’s orations and other responsory prayers (e.g. Preface dialogue) are also chanted.
The 10:00 am Sunday Mass at St. Catherine’s is the Parish’s ‘Family Mass’ at which the volunteer Parish Choir sings. This ensemble rehearses at 9:00 am on Sunday mornings in the choir loft, and any adult is welcome and encouraged to join! As the group continues to grow, it will eventually become responsible for singing the major Propers and will learn simple motets. For more information or to join, contact the Director of Music.
The Parish offers three Sung Masses every weekend, and each is slightly different: the Saturday 6:00 pm includes the Post-Communion hymn; the Sunday 6:00 pm is preceded by Vespers at 5:15 pm; and the Sunday 5:00 pm is an a cappella Mass with cantor only, offering a more contemplative variation. At all of these, the major Propers (the Entrance, Offertory, and Communion Antiphons) are chanted by the cantor in an English translation of the Latin texts found in the Graduale Romanum, the official chant book of the Roman Church. Several Low Masses (without music) are also offered each weekend.
Vespers is offered each Sunday at 5:30 pm at in the choir stalls at St. Vincent’s. This sung Office of Evening Prayer includes a hymn, a selection of psalms, a Scripture reading, a responsory, and the Magnificat – the Canticle of Mary. An instructional chant class precedes the liturgy at 5:00 pm, also in the stalls.
Friends of Music
Join the group of supporters that helps sustain our proud tradition of offering excellent music to the glory of God. Your donations directly benefit the Parish’s music program and will be acknowledged in the Sunday worship leaflets.
Please consider a donation at one of the following levels:
- Member (to $99)
- Sponsor ($100 to $249)
- Benefactor ($250 to $499)
- Patron ($500 to $999)
- Angel ($1,000 to $2,499)
- Archangel ($2,500 or more)
Please send your donation to:
The Church of St. Vincent Ferrer
attn. James D. Wetzel
869 Lexington Avenue
New York, New York 10065
All donations are tax-deductible. Checks make payable to ‘Parish of St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Catherine of Siena’ with the memo ‘Friends of Music’. Please include your name, address, telephone number, and email address with the check.
For more information, contact:
James D. Wetzel, Director of Music and Organist,
at email@example.com or (212) 744-2080.