This week there will be two Feast celebrations at the Church of the Advent of Christ the King, and Director of Music Paul Ellison has prepared the resident choir Schola Adventus to sing at both of them.
The Feast of All Saints will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 1. There will be an Evening Prayer at 6 p.m., followed by the High Mass at 6:30 p.m. Music for the Mass will be by Tomás Luis de Victoria, his O quam gloriosum setting, included in his second book of Mass settings published in 1583 and set for four voices. The choir will also sing “Give us the wings of faith,” which is probably the best-known anthem by the twentieth-century English composer Ernest Bullock. They will also sing William Harris’ “Holy is the true light.”
The next day, Wednesday, November 2, will be the celebration of the Feast of All Souls. This will again begin with an Evening Prayer at 6 p.m., followed by the High Mass at 6:30 p.m. The Mass will be the Mass for the Dead, and the musical setting will again be by Victoria. The choir will also sing the appropriate Gregorian Propers, including the “Dies Irae” hymn, which is probably the best-known plainchant.
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. Those wishing further information may call 415-431-0454.