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March 29, 2015
Palm Sunday begins Holy Week, which is the last week of Lent, commemorating the last week of our Lord’s life leading to his Passion, Death on the Cross, and Burial. The Palm Sunday Liturgy is one of the most beautiful of the whole year, beginning with the blessing of Palms and procession with Palm Branches and moving to the reading or enacting of the story of the Passion.
Blessing of the Palms and Liturgy of the Passion
8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Cathedral
(for 9 a.m., gather in the courtyard)
Procession of the Palms and Singing of the Passion
11 a.m. in the Cathedral
5 p.m. in the Cathedral
April 4, 2015
Most of the celebrated and familiar stories of the Easter tradition center on the men of the Gospel. But women were there.
In “Easter in Memory of Her,” an innovative service of music and meditation, Brigid’s Place will celebrate the voices of the women who loved Jesus — Mary the Mother, the woman at the well, the woman who anointed Jesus, Mary of Bethany, and Mary Magdalene.
The service imagines the thoughts and prayers of the women surrounding Jesus and blends them with music performed by singers from the Houston Chamber Choir and words written by Rice University professor April DeConick and Canon Theologian Betty Adam.
“The story of women recorded in the ancient sources simply cannot be understood at face value since the texts were written by male leaders in emerging churches,” noted DeConick.” So it must be reconstructed and reimagined carefully from what the ancient sources tell us and from what they don’t.”
Adam agrees. “I’ve sought for years to shine the spotlight on the women surrounding Jesus,” she said. “Celebrating their stories is overdue, so I’m glad we can bring a presentation of such depth and beauty to the Houston area, and especially pleased to offer it the day prior to Easter.”
“Easter in Memory of Her” will be held on Holy Saturday, April 4, at 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
April 25, 2015
Conductor Peter Phillips and his legendary British singers, the Tallis Scholars, are coming to Houston for one night only, Saturday, April 25, for a concert hosted by Christ Church Cathedral as part of the Sanders Series.
Throughout more than 1750 concerts and across a catalog of award-winning recordings, Phillips and the Tallis Scholars have done more than any other group to establish sacred vocal music of the Renaissance as one of the great repertoires of Western classical music. Phillips has worked with his 11-voice ensemble to create, through tuning and blend, the purity and clarity of sound which he feels best serves the Renaissance repertoire.
Their program for the April 25 concert will feature some of the most breathtaking and virtuosic vocal music of the 15th through 20th centuries, including pieces by Josquin de Pres, William Byrd, Nico Muhly, and Arvo Pärt.
Proceeds from concert ticket sales will benefit the Cathedral’s music ministry. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 or at the door for $25. (Students may purchase advance tickets for $10.) You can buy tickets online, in the cloister on April 12 and 19, or by phone at 713-590-3311. A reception will follow the performance in Reynolds Hall.
- Josquin des Pres: Gaude Virgo
- Josquin des Pres: Missa Pange lingua
- William Byrd: Cunctis diebus
- Nico Muhly: Recordare, Domine
- Arvo Pärt: Tribute to Caesar
- William Byrd: Diliges dominum
- William Byrd: Tribue, Domine
May 24, 2015
Organ recital by Christopher Jennings at 4:15 p.m. followed at 5 p.m. by a Choral Evensong with the Cathedral Choir.