17 September 2009

This Sunday at Our Lady of Walsingham, Houston, Texas

WHAT: Choral Evensong sung by Chorus Angelorum

Traditional Anglican sung Daily Office based on the Book of Common Prayer, 1662,
and the Book of Divine Worship for Roman Catholics of the Anglican Use

WHEN: Sunday September 20, 2009 at 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Our Lady of Walsingham Roman Catholic Church ( Anglican Use)
7809 Shadyvilla Lane (1 mile North of I-10 on Wirt Road)

Choral Evensong, Votive of Our Lady of Walsingham

Introit: “O viridissima virga” Abbess Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)

Preces and Responses Plainsong

Magnificat & Nunc dimittis: Evening Canticles with faux bourdon, Tone II.2 Healey Willan (1880-1968)

Anthem: “Ave Virgo sanctissima” Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599)

In 1061, Mary appeared in a vision to a noble woman, Lady Richeldis de Faverches in a small village in Norfolk, England, called Little Walsingham. In this vision, Richeldis was instructed to build a chapel, a Holy House said to be the exact dimensions of Mary’s home in Nazareth. Over time, various miracles and healings were associated with this private chapel of devotion, and it became an important pilgrimage destination, visited annually by countless pilgrims, including English monarchs, including Henry VIII, until he had it dissolved in 1538. Four hundred years later, in 1921, the Catholic Revival in England reached Walsingham once again, and today, there is an active spiritual pilgrimage life in that historic Shrine to Our Lady in England. The music and the language of this Evensong were chosen to pay homage to Our Lady, honoring the Shrine at Walsingham in Houston, Texas.

Laus Deo +