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Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

  • Masses are offered on Ash Wednesday: 6:30AM (said), 12:10PM (Sung; Bishop Baker, celebrant; Men’s Schola), and 5:30PM (Solemn; Cathedral Choir). At the 5:30PM Solemn Mass, Cathedral Choir will present the Gregorian proper of the Mass along with the Byrd Emendemus in melius (a polyphonic setting of the responsory for Imposition of Ashes) and Allegri Miserere mei, Deus (the famous setting of Psalm 51 formerly reserved to the Capella Sistina).
  • More information may be found by contacting the Cathedral Director of Music, Bruce Ludwick, Jr., at or 205.251.1279×107.

Stations of the Cross with Choir

Friday, March 20, 2020 5:30pm

  • Each year, Cathedral Choir prepares for the celebration of Holy Week and Triduum by presenting choral meditations in the context of Stations of the Cross.
  • Stations of the Cross is prayed every Friday in Lent at 5:30PM in the Cathedral with the beloved meditations composed by St. Alphonsus Liguori. This year, a new booklet with more accurate translation (and the entire Stabat Mater represented) will debut.
  • On March 20, the character is slightly different from a musical perspective: certain verses of the Stabat Mater are supplanted by a variety of choral meditations from Cathedral Choir’s Lenten and Holy Week repertoire. In this way, we hope to respect the devotion of the Stations while making available many pieces from the “treasury of sacred music” that is promoted in the papal magisterium and by the Second Vatican Council.
  • More information may be found by contacting the Cathedral Director of Music, Bruce Ludwick, Jr., at or 205.251.1279×107.

Masses during the Season of Lent

  • The the Gregorian propers (11AM) and ordinary (5PM, 8:30 & 11AM) are presented at every Sunday Mass.
  • On certain Sundays, a more celebratory mood is evoked by polyphonic settings of the Mass ordinary. On the Fourth Sunday of Lent, Cathedral Choir will sing Gabrieli’s Missa Brevis.
  • This year, a Solemn Mass will be celebrated on the Solemnity of St. Joseph (Thursday, March 19) at 5:30PM, with St. Joseph Altar in the traditional style. More musical details to come. The 12:10PM Mass will be a sung Mass that day, as well, with music led by the Cathedral Ladies’ Schola.

Easter Sunday 2020 (April 12)

  • Cathedral Choir will present Charles-Marie Widor’s Messe, Op. 36, for Double Choir at the 11AM Easter Sunday Mass. This Mass is very unique, as the “choirs” are an SATB choir and a choir of unison men (or, in the case of St. Sulpice, for which the Mass was composed, a choir of seminarians—since the Society of St. Sulpice administered seminaries all around the world from this, their home base!) This Mass will be the last occasion the Möller organ will be used for a large-scale, choral and organ Mass ordinary. It will be removed in early 2021 to make room for the Anna Catherine Grace Memorial Organ.
  • More information may be found 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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