Thursday, December 22, 2011

History in the making at Assumption Grotto as pastor conducts his own orchestral Mass

As a member of the Assumption Grotto Choir, last night was both euphoric and historic. 

The Assumption Grotto choir got a real treat last night at the dress rehearsal for the Christmas season orchestral Mass.  We got to hear the full, roughly 40-piece orchestra as we sang a classical Mass composed this past summer by our pastor, Fr. Eduard Perrone.   We had only heard piano and choral voices since October when the music was first handed to us.  The musicians, the soloists, and the 60-65 voices brought to life something that was unimaginable to us when rehearsing it all this months. 

It is moving and uplifting at times while serene at others, and fully majestic at strategic points. 

Each year we are given a composed Mass set by one of the greats: Hadyn, Mozart, Schubert, Stravinsky, etc.   We wondered as summer came to an end who the composer would be, only to learn Fr. Perrone had composed his own Mass.  A couple of weeks ago, Fr. Perrone talked about his composition in a letter to choir members, which I posted here.

You have a chance to be a part of this historic moment in Detroit, and in the world of Catholic sacred music.  It will premiere at the midnight Mass (at midnight) at Assumption Grotto in Detroit.  Prelude music begins 15 minutes before.  It will be featured again at the 9:30 AM Mass on New Year's Day, an one last time at the noon Mass on January 8th, 2012. 

The midnight Mass will be a solemn high Mass in the extraordinary form.  It is a traditional Latin Mass using the 1962 Missal.  If you have a Missal you will want to use the "First Mass at Midnight" for Christmas.  Here is a version online you can print.  I'm hoping we will have some sheets available, but it is good if you can bring your own to be sure.

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Ben said...

Speaking of last night ... is there a way to get Mass schedule changes by email or (preferably) an RSS feed? I just got back from school and neglected to check the website, so I was an hour late for Mass :)

Diane M. Korzeniewski, OCDS said...

Hi Ben. My regrets that happened to you. Dress rehearsals happen only about 4-5 times yearly and on that night it moves the Mass to 6:00 pm. It was in the bulletin and announced at all Masses Sunday (not much help for those who weren't there, I know).

I don't know about an email distribution, but I will mention it. I know there is a desire to do more electronically, but that requires cooperation of everyone to provide the info.

Henry Edwards said...

I hope there are plans to record Fr. Perrone's Mass so others can hear it?

Nick said...

I hope they film it :)