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Pentecost at St. Thomas the Apostle Church

May 14th, 2018, Promulgated by Diane Harris


Pentecost is going to be especially beautiful for its transcendent music at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 4536 Saint Paul Boulevard Rochester, NY 14617

At both sung Masses (9:00 and 11:15 AM), the Men’s Schola will sing the magnificent Gregorian Chants of the Feast and the Ladies’ Choir will sing the Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei of the Mass of St. Hildegard of Bingen (medieval saint and mystic, 1089-1179). A Benedictine abbess, she was canonized in 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI and named a Doctor of the Church.    She is especially known as a composer, writer, and Christian mystic.

The “Messe de Sainte Hildegarde” comes from an early 20th Century source in France.  Although the Kyrie is the only true original composition attributed to St. Hildegard, the other parts of the Ordinary (Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus Dei), are based on some of her other works.  As a communion meditation, the women will sing her monumental sequence to the Holy Spirit “O ignis Spiritus paracliti.”

For more information on the International Society of Hildegard von Bingen Studies see:

Both the schola and the choir are under the direction of John Morabito, Director of Music, who also graciously supplied to us the information in this post.

You are invited to attend this very special occasion on Pentecost Sunday, May 20th.




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