On Palm Sunday, the chancel choir presented music from the High Mass as celebrated by the Catholic Church for this year's Easter "Cantata". The Mass has been set to music by composers for more than 700 years, and from the countless settings of the Mass sections, the choir created a unique combination of music representing various musical eras. There are five sections of the Mass, three of them sung in Latin.
The first, Kyrie eleison means Lord, have mercy, Christ, have mercy. Our selection is from Franz Schubert's Mass in C, composed in 1815.
The second section is Gloria in excelsis deo, or Glory to God in the highest. We sing Blessing, Glory and Wisdom by Johann Sebastian Bach, written in the early 1700s.
The text of the third section, Sanctus, translates as Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, and on earth, Peace. This particular Sanctus is from the a Midnight Mass, written by French composer Marc Antoin-Charpentier in about 1690.
The fourth section, Agnus Dei, or Lamb of God Who taketh away the sins of the world, was written by a student of Mozart's, Johann Hummel, in about 1810.
Finally the Benedictus, or benediction is the famous Lord Bless You and Keep You, written in the early 20th-centruy by Peter Lutkin.
Please enjoy our Mass for Easter.