Choirs in the Vatican - Program


Day 1

Friday, 23 November

Paul VI Audience Hall

8:00 am

Entrance into Aula Paolo VI

Access available from Piazza del Sant’Uffizio

9:00 am

Initial prayer

Opening speech by Mons. Marco Frisina, moderator.

9:15 am

The Choir, a true liturgical ministry

Fr. Jordi Agustí Piqué, OSB
(Theologian. President of the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy and former Director of the “Escolania”, one of the choirs of the Benedictine Abbey of Monserrat, Spain).

9:45 am

The different genres of liturgical music

Mons. Vincenzo De Gregorio
(President of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music)

10:15 am

Q&A session

10:30 am

Coffee break

11:00 am

The Choir in the pontifical liturgical celebrations

Mons. Guido Marini
(Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations).
Mons. Massimo Palombella
(Director of the Sistine Chapel Choir).

12:00 pm

Q&A session

12:15 pm

Testimonies from around the world

12:45 pm

Lunch break (free time)

1:45 pm

Reentry into Aula Paolo VI

2:30 pm


2:45 pm

Music in the Sanctuaries, privileged places for catechesis and evangelization

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes (France);
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima (Portugal);
Sanctuary of the Abbey of Montserrat (Spain).

3:30 pm

Composing sacred choral music today

Mons. Marco Frisina
(Italian Composer and Director of the Choir of the Diocese of Rome).

4:45 pm

Q&A session.

5:00 pm

Coffee break

5:30 pm


The assembly, the largest choir

“Dialogue” between the Choir and the Assembly for an active participation of the faithful.

Fr. Fabio Massimillo
(Composer and Director of the Choir of the Diocese of Taranto, Italy).

6:00 pm

Singing the Mass or singing at Mass

Fr. Óscar Valado Domínguez
(Delegate for Music of the Spanish Episcopal Conference).

6:30 pm

A new concept of music for liturgy and pastoral

Fr. Konstantin Reymaier
(Director of the Department of Sacred Music of the Archdiocese of Vienna).

7:00 pm

End of the day

Day 2

Saturday, 24 November

Paul VI Audience Hall

8:00 am

Entrance into Aula Paolo VI

Access available from Piazza del Sant’Uffizio

9:00 am

Morning Prayer

9:15 am

Testimonies from around the world

9:45 am

Music, a universal language for catechesis and the new evangelization

The Most Rev. Archbishop Rino Fisichella
(President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization).

10:30 am


by Mons. Marco Frisina

11:00 am

Singing in preparation for the arrival of the Holy Father

11:30 am

Audience with Pope Francis

1:00 pm

End of the Audience

and lunch break

4:00 pm

Reentry into Aula Paolo VI

The participants will be split in groups according to the voice parts.
N.B.: All participants will be designated to a group; even those who have not indicated their own voice type or do not belong to a particular singing group.

5:30 pm


6:00 pm

The “Choirs’ Concert”

Concert led by the Choir of the Diocese of Rome, united with the Great Choir of Choirs and the Orchestra, directed by Mons. Marco Frisina, with the participation of all attending choirs.

Inno Pontificio (C. Gounod)
Tu es Petrus (M. Duruflé)
Veni Creator Spiritus (M. Frisina)
Iubilate Deo (D. Bartolucci)
Sicut cervus (G. P. Da Palestrina)
Regna il Signore (M. Frisina)
Jesus bleibet meine Freude (J. S. Bach)
Ave verum Corpus (W. A. Mozart)
O salutaris hostia (L. Perosi)
La via dei Martiri (M. Frisina)
The Lord bless you and keep you (J. Rutter)
Gloria (A. Vivaldi)
Pacem in terris (M. Frisina)
Cantique de Jean Racine (G. Fauré)
Ave Maria (T. L. De Victoria)
Regina coeli (M. Frisina)
Open the doors (M. Frisina)
Hallelujah (G. F. Haendel)
Jesus Christ you are my life (M. Frisina)


8:30 pm

End of the Concert

Day 3

Sunday, 25 November

St. Peter’s Basilica

8:00 am

Entrance into Vatican Basilica

(Access available from any side of St. Peter’s Square by showing the Meeting Pass).

9:30 am

Assignment of seats in St. Peter’s Basilica

Rehearsal of the songs for the Eucharistic Liturgy.

10:00 am

Holy Mass

presided over by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, with music provided by the Choir of the Diocese of Rome together with all attending choirs.

Gloria a te, Cristo Gesù (J.P. Lécot) 
Kyrie (De angelis)
Gloria (De angelis)
Salmo del giorno (M. Frisina)
Alleluia (modo VI gregoriano) e versetto del giorno (M. Frisina)
Credo (III)
Jesu Rex admirabilis (G.P. da Palestrina)
Sanctus (De angelis)
Agnus Dei (De angelis)
C'est toi, Seigneur, le pain rompu / Sei tu, Signore il pane (arm. M. Frisina) 
O Ostia Santa (M. Frisina)
Anima Christi (M. Frisina)
Salve Regina (gregoriano)
Großer Gott, wir loben dich / Holy God, we praise thy name (I. Franz - arm. M. Frisina) 
I cieli narrano (M. Frisina)

12:00 am

Participation in the Angelus Prayer with the Holy Father

in St. Peter’s Square

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