On Sunday, November 5 at 7pm, the Choir of Choristers and Adults will sing the propers of the “Mass of the Dead” as composed by British composer Malcolm Archer.
Most people associate Requiems with the many musical compositions written over the centuries but the origin of this music takes its shape from the liturgy of the Roman Rite. Similar to the Sunday Mass (Holy Eucharist or Communion Service) containing the Kyrie, Sanctus, Benedictus, and Agnus Dei, the Requiem Mass often includes an Introit with the Kyrie which begins “Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine” – “Grant them eternal rest, O Lord” as well as an Offertory, Libera me (Deliver me), Pie Jesu (Merciful Jesus, grant them eternal rest), and In Paradisum (May choirs of angels lead you into paradise; may martyrs lead you into the holy city). This is ancient sacred liturgy put to music, as would have been the common practice.
Requiem by Malcolm Archer is composed for SATB choir, soloists, and organ. This setting will be sung, in it’s entirety, with no other music added except one congregational hymn sung at the commendation. The Libera me will be sung in place of the Psalm.
Please join us for this Solemn Liturgy to remember and pray for the repose of the souls of those who have died.