Liturgical Music Preview

Next Sunday, March 17th Two motets from the 1560s exemplify the tendency toward dramatic text painting in Italian sacred music of the late Renaissance: Timor et tremor by Orlandus Lassus (to be sung at Sunday Mass) and Adesto dolori meo by Giaches de Wert (to be sung at Sunday Vespers). Read more…

Top Forty Music at the Oratory

There are not many pieces of Renaissance choral music that could be termed “big hits” by contemporary standards, but admirers of the style will recognize a few pieces that are especially frequently performed and recorded – works like Palestrina’s Sicut cervus, Byrd’s Ave verum corpus, and Victoria’s O magnum mysterium. Read more…

Vestments for Ash Wednesday

As part of the Oratory’s commitment to fostering the liturgical arts, this Ash Wednesday marked the first appearance of a new set of Solemn Mass vestments, made by our Brother Sacristan. Inspired by the shape and cut of vestments from the Italian and Spanish cinquecento, they harmonize beautifully with the Read more…

St. Philip’s Seminary Graduation 2018

“I am extremely grateful for my time of study and formation at the Toronto Oratory. My knowledge of Christ grew immensely because of the excellent philosophy and fundamental theology taught here, and so my love for Christ also grew. The familial environment of St Philip’s, the parish life of Holy Read more…

New installation of art

Holy Family Parish has received new art in the sanctuary of the Church. The artist, Ken Woo, is directing the work, which is being donated by generous benefactor. The work is inspired by the Sienese iconographic tradition. The most prominent feature is the Crucified Lord. He is flanked by our Read more…