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Music of Holy Week

April 14-April 21, 2019

  • Please join us for one of our Holy Week liturgies here at the Cathedral. Cathedral Choir sings the 11:00AM Mass on Palm Sunday (which actually begins with a procession at 10:30AM) and Easter Sunday, as well as Chrism Mass (Tuesday, 11:00AM), Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Thursday, 7:00PM), Good Friday (Friday, 3:00PM), and Easter Vigil (Saturday, 8:00PM).
  • The Palm Sunday 8:30AM Mass will feature the Cathedral’s other choral groups, including Children’s Schola Cantorum, Men’s Schola, and Ladies Schola, singing much of the same chant repertoire as is sung at the Solemn Mass later in the morning.
  • As always, the music of our liturgies is focused on Gregorian chant, as is requested by the Second Vatican Council and is natural, since many of the chants associated with Holy Week date to the 8th Century…and earlier! Some of this chant (the Mass ordinary) is congregational in nature, some of it (the Mass’ proper antiphons) is reserved to the choir. It is all very beautiful!
  • Some Polyphonic movements of the Mass ordinary are presented on Holy Thursday (Mass for Four Voices, Byrd) and Easter Vigil and Sunday (Missa Brevis in D, KV. 194, Mozart).
  • Motets or anthems of most schools and time periods are presented throughout the week, with a special focus on Latin polyphony (again, as requested by the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, and every Roman Pontiff since Pope St. Pius X). Please check the “Orders of Worship” page for more details.
  • Please contact the Director of Music, Bruce Ludwick, Jr., at or 205.251.1279×107 for more information.

Southeastern Sacred Music Conference 2019

Friday, August 9, through Saturday, August 10, 2019

  • We are thrilled to host the 2019 Southeastern Sacred Music Conference at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Birmingham. This grass-roots event, begun in 2015 at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church in Jasper, Georgia, has been a yearly highlight of the musical life of the Catholic Church in the Southeastern United States.
  • The conference is open to all: Singers, organists, clergy, and interested laity alike will benefit from the conference offerings, learning and singing Gregorian chant and polyphonic music. Participants will have the opportunity to join a chant group and motet ensemble of their choosing, from beginner to advanced. The event will culminate with a sung liturgy Saturday afternoon.
  • More information may be found at the conference website or by contacting contact the Cathedral Director of Music, Bruce Ludwick, Jr., at or 205.251.1279×107 for more information.

Weekly and Holy Day Liturgies

Sundays (11:00AM, late August-late June) of the Year and all Solemnities

  • Each Sunday of the liturgical year and all Solemnities in the Church calendar feature fitting music to give glory to God. Within the choral year, Cathedral Choir is present at each 11:00AM Mass.
  • On Sundays, this frequently means polyphonic (or choral) settings of the Mass Ordinary and other pieces from the “treasury of sacred music”. Please check the links below for Music Lists and representative repertoire from past seasons.

In the “Sacred Music” section you can learn about the following sub-topics (also accessible through the menus):