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How Awesome This Place

Morning and Evening Prayer for the Anniversary of the Dedication of a Church

Schola Cantorum of St. Peter's-in-the-Loop Church, Chicago; J. Michael Thompson, Director

While the Liturgy of the Hours is being newly discovered by lay Christians, its wealth as sung prayer is being appreciated by musicians. A response to many requests for a "take-home" version of Vespers, How Awesome This Place offers a complete, sung celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours. Demonstrating the ways that chant can be effectively used in parochial celebrations in the 1990s, How Awesome This Place provides a model for the parochial celebration of Morning and Evening Prayer, using the Office for the Anniversary of the Dedication of a Church as an example. It shows how every church can observe its dedication anniversary as a solemnity by celebrating Morning and Evening Prayer in English with Gregorian chant. The motet Surely the Lord Is in this Place   precedes Morning Prayer selections: Introduction Invitatory Antiphon and Psalm 100 Office Hymn: Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation First Psalm (46) Old Testament Canticle: Song of the Three Young Men Second Psalm (147) Reading Responsory Gospel Canticle: Benedictus Intercessions The Lord's Prayer   Concluding Prayer Conclusion A motet for lamp lighting precedes selections for Evening Prayer: Lucernarium Introduction Office Hymn: Blessed City, Heavenly Salem First Psalm (122) Second Psalm New Testament Canticle: Revelations Hymn Reading Prolix Responsory: Domus iste Gospel Canticle: Magnificat Intercessions The Lord's Prayer Concluding Prayer Blessing and Dismissal

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The Easter Procession

Encounters with the Risen Christ

Schola Cantorum of St. Peter the Apostle; J. Michael Thompson, Director; James E. Clemens, Composer

The paschal season is the most important of the entire Year of Grace but also the one that contains the least amount of music. The Easter Procession provides a juxtaposition of ancient chant and new compositions by James E. Clemens. This "Way of the Cross for the Easter Season," provides music of great textual integrity, permitting the Church to sing of the encounters with the Risen Christ. All of the pieces are eminently useful throughout the three-year Lectionary in the Easter season. The Clemens compositions are especially useful as offertory hymns. Selections are Station 1: Resplendent With Virtues; Station 2: They Who Were With Mary; Station 3: Behold the End of Night; Station 4: When Mary Saw Two Angels; Station 5: Christ, Our Way and Our Life; Station Six: Since You Are the True Peace; Station Seven: Though The Doors Were Locked, O Lord; and Station 8: After Your Descent Into Hades. J. Michael Thompson is professor of ecclesiastical chant at the Bynzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; director of the Metropolitan Cantor Institute of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh; cantor and director of music at St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cathedral, Munhall, Pennsylvania; and the director of the Schola Cantorum of St. Peter the Apostle, Chicago, Illinois. Also available for download on Amazon and iTunes. The Schola Cantorum of St. Peter the Apostle, Chicago, has recorded more than twenty-seven other collections produced by Liturgical Press. James E. Clemens is a composer residing in Downers Grove, Illinois.

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Light from the East

Carols from Central and Eastern Europe II

Schola Cantorum of St. Peters-in-the-Loop Church, Chicago; J. Michael Thompson, Director

Taking its name from Pope John Paul II's letter (Orientale Lumen), Light from the East is a diverse recording. As a complement to the Schola's previous recording of There is Great Rejoicing: Carols of Central and Eastern Europe, these carols represent Polish, Croatian, Ukrainian/Carpatho-Rusyn, Slovak, Hungarian, Latvian, Russian, Czech, Moravian, Slovenian, and Romanian traditions. The vivid faith and lovely melodies recorded on Light from the East offer even more reason to raise our voices in praise of the God who sent his only Son to the world. Selections are To the Whole World Organ Improvisation on "To the Whole World" Christians Gather Round Organ Improvisation on "Christians Gather Round" Christmas Night Christmas Day O'er the Earth   Shepherding Their Sheep Come, Shepherds, to the Stable Shepherds of Bethlehem There's a Savior Born to Us The Christmas Rose Born to Us is Christ the God-Man Organ Improvisation on "Born to Us Is Christ the God-Man" Tenderly Mary Sings Shepherds, Loyal Shepherds Rise Up, Beth'lem Shepherds, Rise! Strings Celestial   Fantasy on Rajske Strune Shepherds, Do Not Be Frightened Organ Improvisation on "Shepherds, Do Not Be Frightened" At the Gates of Heaven Above Also available for download on Amazon and iTunes. 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.

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Music for the Twelve Days of Christmas

The Schola Cantorum of St. Peter's in the Loop; J. Michael Thompson, Director

Music for the Twelve Days of Christmas continues the celebration of the Christmas season by rejoicing in the birth of the Savior. Many of the chant selections are assigned to a specific feast in the twelve days of Christmas (from December 25 through the Epiphany); others are "liturgical folk chant," used in processions or as devotions at the Creche. The recording also includes thirteen carols from Ireland, Poland, Slavonia, Ukraine, Sri Lanka, Malawi, and the United States that are little known outside of these regions. Most of these carols are presented in new arrangements that reflect their ethnic and folk origins. All the selections, in their varied ways, give thanks and praise to God for that greatest of gifts: Jesus, "God with us." Selections are Christmas Day Is Come!   Hodie Christus Natus Est Cold Is the Edge of the Night Wind Tu principatum tenes He Came with His Love Right Worthy of Honor On This Day, Let's Sing All Together Innocentes pro Christo Ye Sons of Men, With Me Rejoice Verbum caro factum est The Darkest Midnight in December Dum medium silentium Now Is the Old Year Passed Away O admirabile commercium Mary Looks Upon Her Child Magnum haereditatis mysterium Dost Thou in a Manger Lie? Ecce nomen Domini Heaven's Dawn Is Breaking Brightly Puer natus in Bethlehem That Boy-Child of Mary O beata infantia Good People All, This Christmastime   Magi videntes stellam Kings So Fair Glorious Also available for download on Amazon and iTunes. 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.

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In Honor of St. Patrick

Chant for His Feast

Schola Cantorum of St. Peter's-in-the-Loop Church, Chicago; J. Michael Thompson, Director

Recorded for the first time on any label, the First Vespers and Mass for the feast of St. Patrick are now available on In Honor of St. Patrick. Transcribed from fifteenth-century Irish manuscripts, these Latin chants are sung, perhaps for the first time by anyone since the Reformation, by the Schola Cantorum of Saint Peter's-in-the-Loop. In Honor of St. Patrick presents Vespers in its entirety, word-for-word as it would have been heard in the late 1400s at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. The choral chant for the Mass is also included. This is a rare opportunity to hear a local dialect of Gregorian chant. The CD booklet provides the texts in Latin, English, and Irish. Selections for the First Vespers are: Introduction First Vesper Psalm: 112 Second Vesper Psalm: 116 Third Vesper Psalm: 145 Fourth Vesper Psalm: 146 Fifth Vesper Psalm: 147 Capitulum Responsory and Prose Office Hymn Versicle and Response Magnificat Collect Conclusion Selections for Mass are: Office (Introit) Troped Kyrie Gloria in excelsis Deo Respond (Gradual) Tract Sequence Nicene Creed   Offertory and Prose Preface and Sanctus Agnus Dei Communion and Verse Dismissal Also available for download on Amazon and iTunes. 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.

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