Choral Eucharist

St. James's, Richmond

1205 West Franklin Street 
Richmond, VA 23220
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The musical portions of the Eucharist (Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei) will be sung by the choir. While these are customarily sung by the entire congregation at St. James's, in many churches, and throughout the majority of Christian history, these portions of the liturgy have been sung by the choir alone. Musicians over the centuries have composed thousands of exquisite settings of the service. This service includes the Mass for Five Voices by the English composer William Byrd. Byrd was appointed organist at the Chapel Royal by Queen Elizabeth in 1572, where he served alongside his mentor Thomas Tallis. In 1575 the two were granted a patent for the exclusive right to print and sell music in England. Byrd was undoubtedly the finest and most popular composer of his day. In spite of the fact that Catholics were undergoing severe persecution in England, Byrd remained a Catholic and composed Latin masses motets, as well as setting of English texts.

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