This coming Monday the Church of the Advent of Christ the King will celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. This feast commemorates the end the the earthly life of the Virgin Mary and the taking (assumptio in Latin) of her body into Heaven. The service will consist of a Procession and High Mass with music provided by the resident choir Schola Adventus. The Celebrant will be Father Alex Martin, and the Preacher will be Father Paul Allick.
The music for the service has been selected by Director of Music Paul Ellison. The Ordinary of the Mass will involve the singing of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s six voice setting Missa Assumpta est Maria. Schola Adventus will also sing Palestrina’s “Assumpta est Maria” motet, the thematic source for his Mass setting. The anthem for the service will be John Taverner’s “Hymn for the Dormition of the Virgin Mary;” and Schola Adventus will sing Robert Parsons’ “Ave Maria” setting for the gradual. For the postlude, Ellison will give an organ performance of the double fugue from Michel Corrette’s setting of the Magnificat canticle in the third and fourth tones.
The Church of the Advent of Christ the King is located at 261 Fell Street, between Franklin Street and Gough Street. The entry is diagonally across the street from the SFJAZZ Center. This is an inclusive parish of the Episcopal Church in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. The service will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, August 15. A festive reception will follow the service in Lathrop Hall. Those wishing further information may call 415-431-0454.