Special celebrations

for the Summer

 St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Waverly at Homer, Palo Alto


Friday evening, July 26, 8:00 p.m.

St. Ann’s Day, Sung Mass in Latin

Josquin Des Prez, Missa Ave Maris Stella

with Gregorian chants for the feast day

Wednesday Evening, August 15

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary,

sung Latin Mass, ordinary form

Orlando di Lasso, Missa Laudate Dominum

with Gregorian chants for the solemnity


Every Sunday, 12:00 noon: Mass sung in Gregorian chant

by congregation and choir, with Renaissance polyphony

6:15: Latin Vespers in Gregorian chant at St. Ann Chapel


Further information: 650-493-7933 or www.stannchoir.org


St. Ann:

We celebrate St. Ann, who was our patroness when we began the choir at St. Ann Chapel, the Newman Center for Stanford University, and there we developed a devotion to her. When we moved to St. Thomas Aquinas Church after the chapel was sold, we brought her with us, not only keeping the name St. Ann Choir but keeping her as patroness. We have always celebrated her day, July 26, and have been blessed by her intercession.


Josquin Des Prez

Josquin Des Prez, is one of our best composers of classical polyphony. We have sung many of his Masses, and a couple of decades ago we collaborated with the Stanford Early Music Singers in a series of all of his polyphonic Masses in concert or liturgy. The Masses of his early maturity, when he served in the Sistine Chapel, were all splendid and elaborate works, suited to the taste of Italian courts and cathedrals. Those of his late maturity, after he returned to his home institution in northern France, were Masses which focussed upon the principle devotional concerns of the North—the Holy Eucharist and the Blessed Virgin. Among the latter is our Mass for the Feast of St. Ann, based upon a favorite Marian hymn, Ave Maris stella, a tune with an unusual beginning, of which Josquin makes varied expressive uses.