Rorate Caeli

Event: All Souls high Mass in Colorado with Victoria 4-part Requiem

On the Feast of All Souls, thanks to a generous donation from a sponsor who wishes to remain anonymous, the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Choir will sing the 4-part Requiem mass written by Tomas Luis da Victoria more than 400 years ago. Our Lady of Mount Carmel is an apostolate of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.

This work represents a simple beauty in the style of Renaissance Polyphony. Victoria, a dedicated Catholic and devout priest, wrote this Mass after returning from Rome in exercising the duties of his new post as chaplain to the Dowager Empress Maria at the convent of Las Descalzas Reales in Madrid. 

Most likely, he had been studying with the famous Vatican composer Giovanni Palestrina while in Rome. He gave us in his own music some of the most beautiful and mystical sacred art known in the Catholic Church.

The choir will also be singing the 15th-century Spanish versions of the chant that is associated with Victoria's music. The OLMC choir will be joined by the professional voices of the Vittoria Ensemble and singers from the area.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Littleton, CO