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“Iconographic tradition has theologically interpreted the manger and the swaddling cloths in terms of the theology of the Fathers. The child stiffly wrapped in bandages is seen as prefiguring the hour of his death: from the outset, he is the sacrificial victim, as we shall see more closely when we examine the reference to the first-born. The manger, then, was seen as a kind of altar.”
— Pope Benedict XVI (2012)

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Ten “Ave Maria” Settings from Different Lands
published 12 May 2017 by Lucas Tappan

186 FATIMA AST SUNDAY the Most Pure Heart of Mary Schola Cantorum (both our adult and children choirs combined) presented a musical reflection on a Decade of the Most Holy Rosary in honor of the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. (The choir will repeat this concert next Saturday at 6 p.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Basehor, KS, for those interested.)

The program began with the plainsong Pater noster followed by ten settings of the Ave Maria from different eras and lands before closing with Stanford’s setting of Psalm 150 and the Doxology. I thought I would share a few of the Ave Maria recordings from the day, which I hope you enjoy!


    * *  2. AVE MARIA (Plainsong)

This chant provides the melodic material for Victoria’s setting.


    * *  3. AVE MARIA attr. to Fr. Victoria (d. 1611)

Conducted by my assistant John Deahl.


    * *  5. AVE MARIA by Colin Mawby (b. 1936)

Composed specifically for the Most Pure Heart of Mary Schola Cantorum.


    * *  7. AVE MARIA by Matthew Martin (b. 1976)

Sung by Choristers only.


    * *  9. AVE MARIA by Rachmaninoff (d. 1943)

Conducted by my assistant John Deahl.


    * *  10. AVE MARIA by Charlie Wulke

This work was newly composed by our school music teacher for the concert!


    * *  11. AVE MARIA by Gabriel Fauré (d. 1924)

Like Beethoven, Fauré was deaf as he grew older.


Many of our families are devoted to the Rosary, and the children enjoyed this musical “decade of the Rosary.”