Holy Week 2019: A Retrospective

Palm Sunday Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!Lo, your king comes to you;triumphant and victorious is he,humble and riding on an ass,on a colt the foal of an ass Zechariah 9:9 Jesus is indeed making a royal claim. He wants his path and his action Read more…

The Feast of St. Philip Neri, 2019

Celebrations for the feast of St. Philip Neri began with First Vespers on Friday, May 24. Music for Vespers was provided by the Oratory Choir: Pangamus Nerio (William Sewell); Psalms with falsobordone by Tomás Luis de Victoria and Giaches de Wert; Magnificat primi toni (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina); Vadam et Read more…

St. Philip’s Seminary Graduation 2019

On May 20, 2019, seven seminarians graduated from various programs offered by St Philip’s Seminary: two in philosophy, two in fundamental theology, and three in theology proper. Professors, family and friends, and fellow students gathered to mark this important step in the formation of these seminarians for the priesthood. There Read more…

Bishop Mario visits the Oratory

On Saturday, April 27th, Bishop Mario Aviles, Auxilary of the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas, celebrated the 5pm Mass at Holy Family Church. A member of the Pharr Oratory prior to his ordination as bishop, as well as former Procurator General of the Oratorian Confederation, Bishop Aviles came to Toronto to baptize Read more…

An Ordination at the Oratory

On Tuesday, April 23, 2019, His Excellency Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa, ordained Mr. Teodor-Gheorghe Avram, S.J. to the subdiaconate at Holy Family Church. Archbishop Prendergast, a longtime friend of the Toronto Oratory, enlisted the Oratorians’ liturgical experience with the old rite to mount the ordination, as traditionally conferred, Read more…

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…