Orchestral Masses & Sacred Music

Choir & Orchestra of Assumption Grotto Church

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Orchestral Masses

Prelude music for each Mass begins twenty minutes before the time listed.
All performances take place in the context of the celebration of the
Mass.


 

CDs have been made with Fr. Perrone conducting the Assumption Grotto Choir and Orchestra:  All are available in the Gift Shop.

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"Dedicated to the Restoration of the Sacred in Catholic Church music, we promote Gate of Heaven, a collection of original Catholic hymnody which includes 40 hymns, sound samples of which can be heard. Printed music and sound recording available."


 Christian culture is the natural environment of truth, assisted by art, ordered intrinsically - that is, from within - to the praise, reverence and service of God our Lord. To restore it, we must learn its language.

Music really is the food of love, and music in the wide sense is a specific sign of the civilized human species. Steeped in the ordinary pot of the Christian imagination, we shall have learned to listen to that language by absorption, that mysterious music the Bridegroom (Christ) speaks; and we shall begin to love one another as he loves us; we shall see at last the Star of Hope which "flames in the forehead of the morning sky" at the end of this dark night.
John Senior

Great churches and cathedrals of the Catholic Church are a wonder to behold. Splendid in their appearance, they are still used the way in which they were originally intended. Mass is still offered in these great houses to the glory of God.

The Church's treasury of great sacred music likewise should be used for divine worship today, as the composers intended.

This tremendous musical legacy of the Catholic Church is still an integral part of our worship at Assumption Grotto. It is a living part of the Mass, along with the beautiful Catholic faith and its traditions. We keep them alive for everyone who hungers after something transcendent in a passing and materialistic world.

Roman Catholics belong to the Latin rite. We are reminded by Vatican II that "the use of Latin is to be preserved in the Latin rites ." [Sacrosanctum Consilium, Art. 36] Choral Masses here are always celebrated in this ageless language of the Church. "The Church acknowledges Gregorian chant as proper to the liturgy, therefore...it should be given pride of place in liturgical services." [S.C.] Solemn Gregorian chant Propers are sung for all orchestral Masses at Assumption Grotto.

"One recognizes right liturgy by the fact that it liberates us from ordinary, everyday activity and returns to us once more the depths and the heights, silence and song. Right liturgy sings with the angels. It is silent with the expectant depths of the universe. And that is how it redeems the earth. Where liturgy is correctly understood and lived, there good church music also grows. The choir acts for the others and includes them in its own action. Through its singing everyone can be led into the great liturgy of the communion of saints and this into that kind of praying which pulls our hearts upwards and lets us join, above and beyond all earthly realizations, the heavenly Jerusalem." -- Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger , Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

"The treasury of sacred music is to be fostered and preserved with very great care." Sacrosanctum Concilium, Art. 112

"In a world full of so much ugliness, liturgy should be a rest for the soul, a repose where the soul can breathe. Beauty is not aestheticism. It is not an aim in itself It is a glimpse of God's glory.

"Heaven opens in liturgy. Beauty in liturgy cost's time, love, care, commitment. We must take time for preparing the liturgy, looking for the beauty of the flowers, the songs, the space, candles. All this has nothing to do with pure aestheticism, but is an expression of love. The faithful feel whether in a Church there is a love of God.

"Wherever you have a beautiful liturgy, people come. People are attracted, and rightly. We should not say that this is only a superficial attraction. Beauty is one way to God. It should never be separated from goodness and truth." -- Christopher Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna

Christian culture is the natural environment of truth, assisted by art, ordered intrinsically -- that is, from within -- to the praise, reverence and service of God our Lord. To restore it, we must learn its language.

Music really is the food of love, and music in the wide sense is a specific sign of the civilized human species. Steeped in the ordinary pot of the Christian imagination, we shall have learned to listen to that language by absorption, that mysterious music the Bridegroom (Christ) speaks; and we shall begin to love one another as he loves us; we shall see at last the Star of Hope which "flames in the forehead of the morning sky" at the end of this dark night. -- John Senior

In the Repertoire

Vatican II also teaches us that the Church's "treasury of sacred music is to be fostered and preserved with very great care. " [S.C., Art.112]

Other liturgical masterworks featured at Assumption Grotto:

 

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