Trinity at Church of the Advent

The Church of the Advent, Boston

The Church of the Advent, Boston

Today is Trinity Sunday and we attended the High Mass at the Church of the Advent in Boston, where Edith Ho was the organist and choirmaster for 30 years. The church has a reputation for its stellar music program and in Carl’s opinion, is one of the pinnacles of church music in North America. The all-professional choir sings a polyphonic mass every Sunday and for Trinity, an absolutely beautiful setting by John Taverner (c.1495-1545) was sung.

Edith Ho, now retired from Church of the Advent

Edith Ho, now retired from Church of the Advent

Even though Edith has now been retired for 4 years, under the capable direction of Mark Dwyer, the choir still sounds very ethereal, especially the soaring sopranos.

A special plaque commemorated Edith Ho's 30 years at the Advent.

A special plaque commemorated Edith Ho's 30 years at the Advent.

For the communion motet, the choir sang Edward Bairstow’s “Let all mortal flesh.” It’s an anthem the LCH choir has sung many times but we unfortunately don’t have the rich resonance and acoustics created by a high vaulted ceiling like at the Advent.

At the end of the service, incense is used all through the singing of the Solemn Te Deum (today’s setting was by Edward Elgar in F) and there was so much smoke that the altar almost disappeared! It was also the first time I saw the two thurifers use the “Around the World” swing the censers technique in BOTH directions over their heads!

Incense smoke at the Solemn Te Deum.

Incense smoke at the Solemn Te Deum.


The altar almost disappeared from all the incense smoke!

The altar almost disappeared from all the incense smoke!

About Katherine Crosier

In addition to playing the organ I am interested in documenting life's special moments through journaling, scrapbooking, photography and slideshow production. My family just groans.
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