Come celebrate the apostolic faith of the early Christian church.
Icon from Bulgaria.
Come and worship with us at 11 am Mass on Sunday ~ at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk, Virginia, Princess Ann Road at Upper Stockley Gardens.
Prelude Sunday at 11:00 a.m.: Tu Solus qui Faces Mirabilia, Josquin Des Prez ( c.?1450/1455 – 1521)
Part 1: You alone can do wonders,
You alone are the Creator, and created us;
You alone are the Redeemer, and redeemed us
With your most precious blood.
In you alone we find refuge, In you alone we trust,
None other do we worship, Jesus Christ.
To you we pour out our prayers,
Hear our supplication, and grant us our request,
O King of kindness!
Part 2: D’ung aultre amer, (To love another)
would be deceitful:
D’ung aultre amer, (To love another)
would be great stupidity and a sin.
Hear our sighs,
Re-full us with your grace,
O King of kings,
That we may remain joyfully
in your service forever.
Part two of this motet begins with a quote from Josquin’s friend the composer Johannes Ockegem (1410-1497) in old French while all the rest of text is in Latin. The secular chanson D’ung aultre amer is a secular chanson which was very popular in the 15th Century. Josquin also based a Mass on the chanson. Here is a performance of Tu Solus:
youtube.com/watch?v=JIF15LDrypk and a performance of D’ung aultre amer
Communion 2, Sunday at 11:00: Try Me, O Lord [Psalm 139: 23,24] James Nares (1715-1783)
23. Try me, O God, and seek the ground of my heart; * prove me, and examine my thoughts.
24. Look well if there be any way of wickedness in me: and lead me in the way everlasting.
Postlude: ‘10. Grand Chœur’ Dix Pièces pour Orgue Théodore Salomé (1834 – 1896)
This is not the well known Grand Chœur in G but the Grand Chœur in D.
Since Salomé is not well known here is a short biography. At the church of La Trinite Cavaillé-Coll also built a choir organ of 12 ranks over two manuals and pedal. Théodore Salomé, who had already occupied the post of choir organist for several years on a temporary organ, continued his services in this position until his death in 1895. In 1871, the organ post at La Trinite in Paris came open and was awarded to Alexandre Guilmant. Replacing Guilmant at the grand organ during the latter’s concert tours in the United States. Guilmant and Salomé became great friends, dedicating numerous compositions to each other. Théodore Salomé played for masses and religious services with great talent and knowledge. His religious compositions were often sung by the choir of Sainte-Trinité, which was composed of some 20 children and 10 professional singers, under the capable direction of their choirmaster, Emile Bouichere. It was there, that on the 5th of June 1875, that Salomé presided at the organ for the funeral mass of Georges Bizet, in the presence of 4000 people. For a prélude, Salomé improvised on themes from Bizet’s opera Les pêcheurs de perles (“The Pearl Fishers”) then during the absolution improvised on themes from Carmen.
View of Église de la Sainte-Trinité towards Montmartre.
Salomé sat in on juries, solfège and composition exams at the Conservatoire de Paris when available, but his church work always came first. He even wrote to his pastor in August 1887 asking for a raise to at least as much as what his colleagues at the churches of Saint-Augustin, Saint-Louis, and La Madeleine were making.