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All Saints’ Day/All Souls’ Day

Friday, November 1, 2019, and Saturday, November 2, 2019

  • As usual, Masses are offered on the All Saints’ Holy Day of Obligation at 5:30PM (anticipated; on October 31); 6:30AM, 12:10PM, and 6:30PM. At the 6:30PM Solemn Mass, Cathedral Choir will present the Gregorian proper of the Mass along with two of Charles Villiers Stanford’s Latin motets (Justorum Animae, the offertory antiphon for the feast; and Beati quorum via) along with the Toccata from his Fantasia & Toccata in d.
  • On Saturday, November 2, at 8:30PM, a Sung Requiem in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (with absolution at the Catafalque) is celebrated by the Cathedral’s rector, Fr. Bryan Jerabek. The ordinary and proper of the Mass are sung to the Missa pro defunctis à 4 of Fr. Tomas Luis de Victoria, published in 1583. Victoria’s famous six-voice requiem is derived from this earlier work; the four-voice requiem allows and opportunity to hear Victoria’s genius in a mixed-choir setting more typical of modern American resources.
  • More information may be found by contacting the Cathedral Director of Music, Bruce Ludwick, Jr., at or 205.251.1279×107 for more information.

Advent Recitals & Sung Vespers

Sundays December 1-December 22nd, 2019 (Recital 4:15PM; Sung Vespers 5:00PM)

  • Each year, the Cathedral prepares for the celebration of the Nativity of the Lord with Sung Vespers on each Sunday of Advent. This is preceded by a recital, either by one of the Cathedral’s organists, our staff singers, Cathedral Choir, or a guest recitalist.
  • On one Sunday, Vespers is celebrated according to the use of Saint Bernard Abbey in Cullman, Alabama. We enjoy the benefit of the abbey’s usage of Vespers, and are led in prayer by the monastic choir and schola of the abbey. This year, this celebration will occur on Sunday, December 15. A special occasion of thanksgiving is present, as we have the opportunity to welcome the new Abbot, the Rt. Rev. Marcus Voss, OSB, as celebrant. NB: On this Sunday only, the recital is at 3:15PM, Vespers at 4:00PM to accommodate the monks and their schedule.
  • This year’s recitalists are: 12/1: Mark Hayes, Assistant Organist; 12/7: Bruce Ludwick, Jr., Director of Music & Organist; 12/15: Cathedral Choir; 12/22: Karl Isaac Johnson, Director of Music & Organist, St. Rose of Lima Church, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
  • Mr. Johnson’s recital will consist of a large portion of Olivier Messiaen’s transcendent La Nativité du Seigneur, which depicts the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, as well as various “supporting characters” in the Christmas story. The Director of Music’s recital will consist of English organ works from the Baroque period to the 20th Century.
  • More information may be found by contacting the Cathedral Director of Music, Bruce Ludwick, Jr., at or 205.251.1279×107 for more information.

Christmas Midnight Mass

  • This year, Cathedral Choir will present Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit at the Midnight Mass for Christmas. This magnificent work is based on a variety of French Christmas carols, and is reflective of the compositional style and liturgical practice of early 18th Century France.
  • We are thankful for the generous donors who made possible the purchase of an urtext (original edition) of this work. If you are interested in offsetting the cost of the orchestra for this Mass, please contact the Director of Music.
  • As always, the requisite Gregorian chants of the Christmas Mass will be offered, along with other motets.
  • More information may be obtained by contacting the Cathedral Director of Music, Bruce Ludwick, Jr., at or 205.251.1279×107.

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.

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