Advent and Christmas at the Monastery
During December, we will be celebrating Solemn Choral Vespers twice. We hope that you can join us for these sacred events.
First, on Saturday, December 13 at 5:00 p.m. (notice the special time), the Chicago Chorale, under the direction of Bruce Tammen, will once again join us for Vespers. This year, they will be singing all pieces by the 16th-century Spanish master Victoria, including his setting of the Magnificat and the Advent Hymn “Conditor Alme Siderum” (Creator of the Stars of Night), and the Marian antiphon for Advent and Christ, “Alma Redemptoris Mater.”
We are especially eager to celebrate the First Vespers of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Schola Laudis, under the direction of Kevin Allen, will join us for this service on Wednesday, December 31, at 5:15 p.m. Josquin DesPres, widely considered to be one of the greatest choral composers of all time, did a setting of the four antiphons of this Solemnity, each of which is rich with mystical symbolism of the Incarnation. In addition to these “Four Mystical Antiphons,” the Schola will sing two other acknowledged masterpieces of Renaissance liturgical compositions, Palestrina’s “Alma Redemptoris Mater,” and Victoria’s “O Magnum Mysterium.”
We sincerely hope that many of you will support our work to reintroduce the many largely-forgotten liturgical compositions to the celebration of Vespers, as well. The best support is your presence—and if possible, we hope that you can bring others to these culturally rich celebrations!
Please see our schedule for Christmas and New Year’s here.
As always, we present this beautiful music in its proper liturgical setting. Join us for an evening of reverent beauty at the “acoustically superb and architecturally significant Monastery of the Holy Cross.”
[quote from Chicago Classical Review]
Father Prior featured in the New World
To learn more about Father Peter, please this article that appeared in the Chicago Archdiocesan newspaper.
Our new altar has been dedicated!
On Saturday, June 28, His Eminence Francis Cardinal George celebrated the liturgy of the Dedication of an Altar here at the monastery. We are very pleased with the new look of our sanctuary. The icons and altar together are quite stunning. Pictures of the event are available at our Flickr account here.