CANDLEMAS or the Feast of the Purification on February 2 is always solemnly celebrated at St. Gertrude the Great with either a Pontifical or a Solemn High Mass, preceded by the striking ceremony of the Blessing of Candles and Procession. We are pleased to present excerpts from our choir’s outstanding selection of music for the occasion, directed by Joan Lotarski, Andrew Richesson, Organist.
The selections include:
- Lumen ad Revelationem, Anthony Cekada, based on faux bourdons by R. Quignard and P. Chassagne.
- Mass Salve Regina, J.G.Ed. Stehle, (1839–1915, German, Caecilian)
- Tota Pulchra Es, Maria, Luigi Bottazzo (1845–1924, Cecilian school, Italian).