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Today is the 1st Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the Church’s year. This program and the next three will focus on the music of Advent and how it can help us to prepare for Our Lord’s birth on Christmas Day.
This program will feature music for the feast of Christ the King. The feast itself is relatively new, as it was proclaimed only in 1925 by Pope Pius XI. Music for this feast ranges from Gregorian chants newly composed to popular hymns in the vernacular languages.
November 22nd is the feast of Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music. Today’s program will feature music associated with this virgin martyr. Her feast day has been very popular throughout the centuries, and much music has been composed in her honor.
Today’s program will focus on the feast of Saint Martin of Tours, which falls on November 11th, on both the traditional and the modern calendars. Saint Martin’s feast day has many Catholic customs associated with it. We will learn about this great saing and some of these customs, as well as listen to music for Saint Martin.
There is a rich repertoire of sacred music composed for these two great feasts which fall on November 1st and 2nd. Today’s program will feature music for the feasts.