REJOICE, UNWEDDED BRIDE by the Schola Cantorum ($16.95)

LP: 0-8146-7893-9

Schola Cantorum of St. Peter's in the Loop, Chicago, Illinois; J. Michael Thompson, Director
Rejoice, Unwedded Bride is a collection of music honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary. Centered around five feasts from the Church's liturgical year, it uses music from the Eastern and the Western Churches: plainchant, polyphony, and twentieth-century choral writing. The recording was made in the acoustical marvel of Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois, which was built for the type of choral singing this recording uses. The choir of twenty-four voices is (according to the oldest traditions of the undivided Church) completely unaccompanied by instruments. The chant and polyphony of the Eastern and Western Churches, recorded here together for perhaps the first time, join voices in honor of the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.

For the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (September 8):

  • Antiphon and Magnificat in the Eighth Tone

  • Nativitas tua

  • Motet for the Nativity of the Mother of God

  • Velicanije and Irmos IX, Nativity of the Theotokos

  • Exapostilarion, Nativity of the Theotokos

  • For the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (March 25):

  • A Hymn to the Virgin
  • Ave Maris Stella

  • Ave Maria

  • Motet for the Annunication

  • Archanhelskij hlas

  • Archangelskij glas

  • For the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ (December 25):

  • Dostojno je

  • Descendit de Coelis Deus

  • Beata Viscera

  • Motet for Mary, Mother of God

  • Motet for Mary, Mother of God

  • Velicanije and Irmos IX of the Nativity of the Lord

  • For the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ:

  • Regina Coeli

  • Velicanije and Irmos IX of Pascha

  • For the Dormition/Assumption of Mary (August 15)

  • Ascendit Christus Super Coelos

  • Hodie Maria Virgo

  • Motet for the Dormition of the Mother of God

  • Svitilen of the Dormition

  • Doxastikon of the Dormition

  • J. Michael Thompson is the director of music ministry at St. Peter's Church, where he is the founder and director of the Schola Cantorum. He has been a pastoral musician and liturgist for twenty years, as well as a composer, author, and a noted promoter of the Liturgy of the Hours and Gregorian chant in contemporary parish situations.

    Available on CD or cassette. Please indicate your preference when ordering. If ordering the cassette, the price will be adjusted upon receipt of your order but will not be reflected on your program-generated receipt. Prices are as follows:

    1. CD: $14.95 (list: $16.95)(#7893-9)
    2. Cassette: $12.95 (list: $14.95)(#7892-0)

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