On Saturday, April 20, a group of eight students from Thomas More College together with Mr. David Clayton, the College’s Artist-In-Residence, had the opportunity to sing at the nearby parish of St Patrick’s in Nashua. The occasion was a special one: a Nuptial Mass offered in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.
The Mass was for the wedding of Lindsay Patterson and Zenith Martello. The College was contacted by Mr. Michael Duffy, a former student of the College, who was serving at the Mass and requested if the choir would be willing to help out. Motivated solely by the love of singing and the desire to give glory to God by offering up their time and talents, the students sang a polyphonic Mass.
The Ordinary of the Mass featured the Missa Super by the Renaissance composer Blasius Amon, with the exception of the Gloria. This was sung in traditional Ambrosian chant, which pre-dates Gregorian Chant and is proper to the ancient liturgy of Milan. In addition, the student choir sang Panus Angelicus and William Byrd’s Ave Verum Corpus. The Propers were traditional plainchant.
Music forms a regular part of life at Thomas More College, whether as part of the Way of Beauty sequence offered freshman year, or in the College’s choir. Besides providing the music for the Sacred Liturgy offered in the College’s chapel, students have also have the chance to spread the evangelizing power of beauty in the larger community. Heeding the Psalmist’s dictum to “sing a new song to the Lord,” Thomas More students are frequently given the opportunity to witness to the truth of the human person as seen in the light of Christ, through the art of sacred music.