Liturgical Music week-to-week during COVID-19
- For the most current information on liturgical and sacramental schedules, check the Cathedral frontpage.
- Due to scientific research that indicates group singing in particular seems to allow transmission of the COVID-19 virus, congregational singing has been temporarily suspended out of an abundance of caution.
- The 5:00pm (anticipated) and 8:30am Sunday Masses have organ voluntaries at the entrance, offertory, communion, and sortie. The Sunday 8:30AM Mass is livestreamed on the Cathedral’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/stpaulsbhm).
- The 11:00am Mass is sung by the staff singers of Cathedral Choir (who are few in number, and therefore can be socially distanced in the loft) on behalf of the assembly. This allows us a unique opportunity to plumb the depths of the “treasury of sacred music” recommended so heartily by the Second Vatican Council and every pontiff since Pope St. Pius X.
- The Ordinary of the Mass is sung to one of the Masses from the Gregorian Kyriale or to a polyphonic setting. Should you wish to follow along, the CMAA and Solesmes Abbey have graciously made the Gregorian Missal available free for download here.
- The Proper of the Mass is usually sung according to the Graduale Romanum, but occasionally polyphonic settings are represented as well (Byrd, Handl, and Willan, to name recent examples).
- Motets and anthems are sung as needed, especially during Holy Communion.
- The Orders of Worship and Music Lists subpage is kept current so that you may see what we are preparing for upcoming weeks!
Livestreamed Masses Archived
- The Solemn Vespers and Mass of Installation of our new ordinary, The Most Reverend Steven J. Raica, were recorded and televised by EWTN. You may view these at the links above. Don’t miss the welcome page assembled by the Diocese. Welcome to Birmingham, Your Excellency!
- If you are interested in viewing livestreamed Masses from Holy Week, they are available on the Diocesan Discipleship & Mission YouTube channel or at the links for each day below.
In the “Sacred Music” section you can learn about the following sub-topics (also accessible through the menus). In addition, please check out the sacred music information on the diocesan Office of Sacred Liturgy website.