ORGAN RECITAL – Olivier Messiaen, La Nativité du Seigneur: Our former Director, David Cowen, will be giving an organ recital at St James the Greater, London Road, on Tuesday 20 December at 7.30pm. Admission £7 on the door (students and children free).
The choir sings at the 10:30am Mass on most Sundays of the year, having a break in July/August. On the first Sunday of the month we sing at the 12:30pm Mass.
During Holy week we sing on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday (afternoon liturgy and Stations of the Cross), the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday morning; and some of us sing Tenebrae on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings.
Some of us also sing Compline on Sundays during the Holy Hour, at about 6.20pm. Compline, the Evening Prayer of the Church, is sung in the traditional Latin form of the Dominican Rite, much of the chant and ceremony probably going back to the earliest days of the Order in the 13th century. Members of the congregation are very welcome to take part, and instruction can be given to anyone who wishes to do this regularly. See Fr David or Bernard Marriott.
And some of us sing at Dominican or Tridentine rite Masses once a month or so. These Masses are generally at 7:15pm on weekdays at Holy Cross, or 7:00pm at St Peter’s Church, Hinckley Road, and we choose a suitable feast depending, amongst other things, on the availability of the celebrant and singers. These Masses at Holy Cross are advertised one or two weekends in advance in the parish Newsletters, and the times of the daily low Dominican rite Masses also appear in the parish Newsletters. Other parish activities may be seen on the parish website.
We sang in 2010 on the feast of the Immaculate Conception when Bishop Malcolm McMahon celebrated Pontifical High Mass and consecrated our new shrine to the English Martyrs. The ceremony was video-recorded, and the result can be see by clicking here.