The Parish Choir

The Parish Choir sings at the Sunday 9:00 a.m. Mass (Rite II) from late September through Trinity Sunday. We also sing occasional Sunday Evensong services. Our repertoire is diverse and includes choral works of major composers from the 16th through the 20th centuries. Rehearsals during the season are usually Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

9:00am Music Schedule

Parish Choir singing on Easter Sunday

9:00 am Music Schedule


September 28 – The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
(The Full Choir returns)
arr Sidney Scholfield Campbell: Praise to God in the highest
John Amner: Come, let's rejoice


October 5 – The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Elizabeth Poston: Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
Hans Leo Haßler: Cantate Domino (à 4)

October 12 – The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Choir Excused

October 19 – The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
William Byrd: Teach me, O Lord
William Byrd: Venite comedite

October 26 – The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Thomas Tallis: A new commandment 
A. Gregory Murray: God is Love


November 2 – The Sunday in the Octave of All Saints
Dr Christopher Tye: Sing unto the Lord
Russian Orthodox, arr Richard Proulx: The Beatitudes

November 9 – The Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
Choir Excused

November 16 – The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
Giuseppi Antonio Bernabei: O sacrum convivium
Giovanni Croce: O sacrum convivium

November 23 – Christ the King
John Amner: Lift up your heads
Adrian Batten: O sing joyfully

November 30 – The First Sunday of Advent: The Feast of Title & Dedication
Charles Wood, arr Harrison Oxley: Glorious and powerful God
Arnold Bax: Lord, thou hast told us


December 7 – The Second Sunday of Advent
Claude Goudimel: Comfort, comfort ye my people
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Alma redemptoris

December 14 – The Third Sunday of Advent (“Gaudete”)
Anonymous: Rejoice in the Lord alway
Adrian Batten: When the Lord turned again

December 21 – The Fourth Sunday of Advent
Christmas Pageant by the Church School

December 24 – Christmas Eve (Wednesday) 4:30 pm Family Mass
arr Gerald Near: My Dancing Day
William Byrd: O magnum mysterium & Beata virgo

December 25  –  Christmas Day (Thursday) Sung Mass & Hymns at 11:00 AM
Choir Excused

December 28 –Holy Innocents (Sunday)
Choir Excused


January 4 – The Second Sunday after Christmas
William Walton: All this time
William Byrd: O magnum mysterium & Beata virgo

January 11 – The Baptism of our Lord
Jakob Handl:  Veni, sancte spiritus
Harold W. Friedell: Jesus, so lowly

January 18 – The Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Johann Sebastian Bach: Jesu, joy of man’s desiring, BWV 147
Deodat de Sévérac: Tantum ergo

January 25 – The Third Sunday after the Epiphany – Annual Meeting at 10:00 AM
Choir Excused


February 1 (Sunday) – The Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple (“Candlemas”)
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Nunc dimittis, tertii toni
Josquin Dezprez : Ave Maria (virgo serena)

February 8 – The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
William Byrd: Ego sum panis vivus
Ola Gjeilo: Ubi caritas et amor

February 15 – The Last Sunday after the Epiphany
Charles Wood: O thou, the central orb
Claudio Casciolini: Panis angelicus

February 22 – The First Sunday in Lent
Cristóbal de Morales: Peccantem me quotidie
John Ebenezer West: Hide me under the shadow of thy wings

MARCH 2015

March 1 – The Second Sunday in Lent
(The Boys from St. Paul’s Choir School, Harvard Square)
John Ireland: Ex ore innocentium
Arthur Wills: Ave verum corpus

March 8 – The Third Sunday in Lent
William Byrd: Teach me, O Lord
Adrian Batten: Let my complaint come before thee

March 15 – The Fourth Sunday in Lent (“Lætare”)
Choir Excused

4:30 PM Organ Prelude Recital by Jonathan Ortloff
5:00 PM Evensong and Benediction (The Parish Choir)
6:00 PM Supper and Talk
Healey Willan: Evening Service in E-flat
Richard Ayleward: Responses
Henry Ley: A Prayer of Henry VI
William Byrd: Ave verum corpus

March 22 – The Fifth Sunday in Lent
George Oldroyd: Prayer to Jesus
Heinrich Isaac: O esca viatorum

March 29 – The Sunday of the Passion or “Palm” Sunday
Tomás Luis de Victoria: Pueri Hebræorum
Jakob Handl: Ecce, quomodo moritur justus
Marc’ Antonio Ingegneri: O bone Jesu

APRIL 2015

April 5 – Easter Day
Roland de Lassus: Regina coeli à 4
Felice Anerio: Angelus autem Domini

April 12 – The Second Sunday of Easter
Choir Excused

April 19 – The Third Sunday of Easter
Giovanni Croce: Virtute magna
William H. Harris: The Holy Eucharist (Him, Holy)

April 26 – The Fourth Sunday of Easter
arr Virgil Thomson: My shepherd will supply my need 
Roland de Lassus: Jubilate Deo

Ken Cowan, International Concert Organist
Sunday, April 26, 4:00 PM

Ken Cowan is one of North America’s finest concert organists.  Praised for his dazzling artistry, impeccable technique and imaginative programming by audiences and critics alike, recent feature performances have included appearances at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa California, Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall, Spivey Hall, and Walt Disney Concert Hall, as well as concerts in Germany and Korea. Ken will play a full program on the Advent Organ. Suggested donation at the door: $15 / $10

MAY 2015

May 3 – The Fifth Sunday of Easter
Choir Excused

May 10 – The Sixth Sunday of Easter (“Rogation”)
Knut Nystedt: Laudate Dominum
A. Gregory Murray: God is love (Ubi Caritas)
John Farmer: Fair Phyllis I saw (Madrigal in the Garden)

May 17 – The Seventh Sunday of Easter
Arthur Hutchings: God is gone up
John Amner: Come, let’s rejoice

May 24 – Pentecost (“Whitsunday”)
Harold W. Freidell: Draw us in the Spirit’s tether
Giovanni Matteo Asola: Veni Creator Spiritus

May 31 – Trinity Sunday
Eric Harding Thiman: Let all the world
Agostino Agazzari: Benedicta sit Sancta Trinitas


The Full Choir returns on Sunday, September 27th.