Holy Week 2008

Christ Church Cathedral

Montreal, Quebec

Holy Week and Easter 2008

Pietro Lorenzetti, Entry of Christ into Jerusalem, Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi, c.1320

 The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,
‘Hosanna to the Son of David!
   Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven
(NRSV, Matthew 21:9)!

March 16:  Passion (Palm) Sunday  [Comments]

10:00 am Choral Eucharist                                                                            The Choir of Trebles and Adults

Mass Setting:  Mass of St. Thomas, Robert Fleming(1921-1976) [BNQ] 

Gradual:  Ride On (text), Grayston "Bill" Ives (b.1948) [BNQ]       

Motet:  O vos omnes (text), Giovanni Croce (1557-1609) [BNQ]     

Postlude:  All glory, laud and honour, Raymond Daveluy (b. 1926) [BNQ]

4:00 PM Evensong                                                                                        The Cathedral Singers

Prelude: Vexilla Regis, Healey Willan (1880-1968) [BNQ] 

Introit:  Vexilla Regis (text) (listen: Coro Tomás Luis de Victoria de Brunete)Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548 –1611) [BNQ]   

Preces and Responses:  Plainsong

Magnificat: Octavi toni, Felice Anero (1560-1594)  

Nunc Dimittis: Tone 6

Anthem:  Solus ad victimam (text), Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988)  

Postlude: Jésus accepte la souffrance from La Nativité du Seigneur (listen: Gillian Weir), Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) [BNQ] 


El Greco, The Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, National Gallery, London, 1590

In monte Oliveti ad patrem oravit:

    On the Mount of Olives he prayed to the Father: 
Pater si fieri potest transeat a me calix iste.

    Father if it is possible let this cup pass from me.
Spiritus quidem promptus est caro autem infirma.

    The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.
Vigilate et orate ut non intretis in temptationem.

    Watch and pray that you do not enter into temptation.

                                                    - Text of responsory by Juozas Naujalis


March 19:  Wednesday of Holy Week

7:30 pm  Choral Tenebrae                                                                            The Cathedral Singers

Psalms:  Plainsong

Responsory:  Ecce quomodo moritur (text) (listen: Maynooth), Jacob Handl (Jacobus Gallus) (1550-91) 

Responsory:  Vinea mea electa (text), Anonymous Spanish

Responsory:  In monte Oliveti (text above), Juozas Naujalis (1869-1934)

Benedictus: (text) (one-minute clip: Hilliard Ensemble), Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613)



Tintoretto, Christ Washing the Feet of his Disciples, National Gallery, London, c.1556

Peter said to him, "You will never wash my feet." Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.  Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head (NRSV, John 13:8-9)!"  

March 20:  Maunday Thursday   [Comments]

7:30 pm  Choral Eucharist of the Institution                                              The Cathedral Singers

Introit:  Venite comedite (text), William Byrd (1540-1623) [BNQ] 

Mass Setting:   Mass for Four Voices, William Byrd

Motet:  O Sacrum Convivium (text), Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) [BNQ]   



Rogier van der Weyden, Christ on the Cross with Mary and St. John, Nuevos Museos, El Escorial, Spain, c.1460

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, "Woman, here is your son." Then he said to the disciple, "Here is your  mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.                        (NRSV, John 19:26-27)

March 21:  Good Friday   [Comments]

12 noon  Family Service                                                                                              The Choir of Trebles and Adults

Where You There?  Arr. Shepherd

12:00 pm Music and Meditation                                                                  The Cathedral Singers

I Love the Lord (text & programme note) (listen: Luther College Nordic Choir), Jonathan Harvey (b. 1939) [BNQ]  

Miserere mei, Deus (text and listen), Gregorio Allegri, (1582-1652) [BNQ]

Amicus meus (text and listen), Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548 –1611) [BNQ]    

Ecce quomodo moritur (text) (listen: Maynooth), Jacob Handl (Jacobus Gallus) (1550-91) 

Tenebrae factae sunt (text), Plainsong

Tenebrae factae sunt (text), Marc'Antonio Ingegneri, (1535/6-92)

In monte Oliveti (text), Giovanni Croce (1557-1609) [BNQ] 

In monte Oliveti (text), Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594) [BNQ]    

1:45 pm  The Liturgy of Good Friday                                                                      The Cathedral Singers

The St. John Passion, Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548 –1611) [BNQ]   

Reproaches (listen: St. Thomas 5th Ave), Tomás Luis de Victoria

5:00 pm  The Seven Last Words of Christ 

String Quartet in E-flat, Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Quatuor Claudel-Canimex with commentary by the Very Rev. Michael Pitts.



Dierc Bouts the Elder, Resurrection, Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, 1450-60

And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men (NRSV, Matthew 28:2-4).

March 22:  Holy Saturday

7:30 pm  The Great Vigil of Easter, with the Lighting of the New Fire, the Blessing of the Paschal Candle and the First eucharist of Easter The Cathedral Singers

Vigil: Responsories and Psalms, Plainsong

Mass Setting:  Missa omnes sancti, Malcolm Archer (b. 1952) [BNQ]

Motet:  Alleluia, surrexit Christus, Felice Anerio (1560-1594)

Postlude: Final from Symphonie #4, Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937) [BNQ] 



Fra Angelico, Noli me tangere, Convento di San Marco, Florence, 1440-1

 Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni!" (which means Teacher, (NRSV, John 20:16).


March 23:  Easter Sunday  [Comments]


10:00 am  Procession and Choral Eucharist                                               The Cathedral Choirs and Brass Ensemble


Prelude: Gloria in Excelsis, Orazio Vecchi (1550-1605) [BNQ] 

Mass Setting:  Missa in resurrezione Domini, Orazio Vecchi 

Motets:  Surrexit Christus Hodie (text), Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654) [BNQ]       

Now the Green Blade Rises (text), arr. Martin Shaw (1875-1958)  [BNQ]       

This Joyful Eastertide (text), arr. Charles Wood (1866-1926) [BNQ]   

Postlude:  Prelude in C, Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)  [BNQ]

Canzon septimi toni from Sacrae Symphoniae, Giovanni Gabrieli (1555-1612)  [BNQ]


4:00 pm Choral Evensong                                                                             The Cathedral Singers


Prelude:  Saraband for the Morning of Easter (listen), Herbert Howells (1892-1983)[BNQ] 

Introit: In exitu Israel, Samuel Wesley (1766-1837)

Preces and Responses: Andrew Carter (b. 1939) 

Canticles:  Wakefield Service, Andrew Carter

Anthem:  Blessed be God the Father (text), Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876) 

Postlude:  La Résurrection du Christ from Le Livre du Saint-Sacrement (listen), Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) [BNQ]


Peter Paul Rubens, The Incredulity of St. Thomas, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, 1513-15

Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe (NRSV, John 20:27)."

March 30:  Second Sunday in Easter  [Comments]


10:00 am  Choral Eucharist                                                                          The Cathedral Singers Octet


Prelude: O Filii et Filiae, Lebègue, Nicolas (1631-1702)  [BNQ] 
Mass Setting:  Missa super La, la, maistre Pierre, Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594)       [BNQ]

Introit:  Jubilate Deo (text, scores), Orlande de Lassus  

Motet: Scio enim (text) (score), Orlande de Lassus         

Postlude:  Fugue sur "O Filii et Filiae (listen)," Jean Langlais (1907-1991)[BNQ]  


4:00 pm  Evensong

The Cathedral Singers Octet


Prelude:  O Filii et Filiae, Jean-François Dandrieu (1682-1738) [BNQ]

Introit:  Regina Caeli, Cristóbal de Morales (c.1500-1553) [BNQ] 

Preces and Responses: Paul Halley (b. 1952)

Canticles:  Fauxbourdons on Easter themes, Patrick Wedd (b.1948) [BNQ]  

Anthem:  Alleluia psallat (text) (one-minute clip), Peter Aston (b.1938)

Postlude:  Prelude on "O Filii et Filiae," Healey Willan (1880-1968) [BNQ]