58th Anniverary of the St. Ann Choir September 26th
Sunday September 26 will be the fifty-eighth Anniversary of the St. Ann Choir,
which sings a Latin ordinary form Gregorian Mass at noon every
week at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 751 Waverly St., Palo Alto, CA 94301.
Father Mark Doherty, rector of St. Patrick's Seminary and University in Menlo Park,
will be the celebrant on September 26.
The St. Ann choir started singing on the last Sunday in September of 1963,
and they havealmost miraculouslymanaged to keep
chant and sacred polyphony alive
in the way it should be performed as part of divine liturgies,
throughout the time when the
Church's traditional sacred music was virtually banned.
Every Sunday the St. Ann Choir and the congregation sing the ordinary
chants of the Mass, and the choir also sings the proper chants for the day of the
Church yearin addition to polyphonic motets
from great Renaissance composers,
with organ preludes and postludes.
For special feasts, the choir also sings polyphonic Mass
settings from Renaissance composers for the ordinary,
along with chanted propers for the feast.
All are welcome to the Mass on September 26 or any of the other scheduled Masses
with the unique musical enrichment provided
by the choir's accompaniment.