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All Souls celebrates the Eucharist twice on Sunday, at an 8:30 a.m. said low mass and at an 11:00 a.m. high mass with music and choir. Our parish also offers two mid-week low masses, on Wednesday at noon and Thursday at 7:30 a.m., with morning prayer preceding the Thursday mass. Our parish prayer life also includes special services during Holy Week, Lenten Stations of the Cross, and a blessing of the animals for St. Francis’ Day.

 

Liturgy

In our worship services, we recognize the ongoing mystery of salvation through which Christ offers us eternal life, and we seek to offer praise and thanksgiving in response to that gift. Our approach to both the liturgy of the Word and the liturgy of the Sacraments derives from this belief in God’s use of these liturgies to reconstitute his living body, his church. Through our entrance rites, processions, liturgical movements, use of incense, sound, music, vestments, and our use of seasonal-specific prayers, litanies, and liturgies, we strive to give back to God our praise and thanksgiving while maintaining the ancient liturgies of his church.

While we take these liturgies seriously, we try to take ourselves less seriously and welcome humor and a joyful spirit in our celebration. In recent years, we have used a modified Rite I for high mass, with much of the liturgy chanted by the celebrant. However, we asked specifically about a rector’s ability to chant in our parish survey and this was not identified as a priority. In the parish survey, 83% of respondents said the current worship service fits their preferences “extremely well” or “quite well.” However, as the church grows we would be open to an evolution in worship style and format. We value reverence, sacredness, depth, dignity, rhythm, and awesomeness: this is what we mean by traditional worship.

 

Choir

 

Music

The Choir of All Souls is a mainstay of the parish. The choir includes four professional staff singers, three choral scholars and 24 auditioned volunteer singers. The choir sings for services from the Sunday following Labor Day through Corpus Cristi Sunday.

During the 11:00 a.m. high mass on Sunday, the congregation normally sings four hymns, the Gloria or Kyrie, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei, and various liturgical responses. The choir sings two additional anthems, the psalm, introits, and other liturgical components.

Choral highlights of the liturgical year include a service of Advent Lessons and Carols on Advent 2, a service of Christmas Lessons and Carols at 7:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, choral mass on Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, and Easter Vigil.

The choir features works from a variety of time periods, languages, and genres. In 2013 and 2015, the choir hosted a “Festival of Sacred Music” during the month of July. On each Sunday at the 11:00 a.m. mass, the choir sang a choral mass and anthems from a particular style: jazz, gospel, modern, classical, etc.

The parish owns a small organ, a sevenfoot Steinway grand piano, a harpsichord, a set of Schulmerich hand bells, an electronic keyboard, and three cast bronze bells in the church tower. 

Click here to listen to the All Souls choir singing Psalm 23.

 


 

Last Published: April 21, 2016 2:26 PM
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