Ordination of Auxiliary Bishops

Monsignor Mark E. Brennan and Monsignor Adam J. Parker have been appointed auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The ordination will take place at 2pm on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. An Archdiocesan Choir will be formed for the event. A mandatory rehearsal will be held on Saturday, January 14, from 10am to 12noon at the Cathedral. While the scheduled start time for the liturgy is 2pm, the choir will be expected to arrive at noon for warm up and prelude. Dress for the event will be black and white. We will sing from the balcony which does not have an elevator.

Music selected for the service so far includes:

  • Mass of Wisdom
  • Festival Alleluia
  • O God Beyond All Praising
  • Laudate, Laudate Dominum – Christopher Walker
  • Go Make of All Disciples
  • Pan de Vida
  • Litany of Saints – chant
  • Veni creator spiritus – Latin chant

If you would like to participate as part of the choir for this event, please sign up using Eventbrite for a ticket according to your voice part.

Mass of Wisdom

The Archdiocesan choir will use the Mass of Wisdom by Steven R. Janco for archdiocesan celebrations and encourages all parishes to include this setting in their parish repertoire. In order to assist parishes in adding this music to their repertoire, we have been able to negotiate a 20% discount with World Library Publications for all parishes in the Archdiocese. The discount does not apply to orders placed via the web or by phone, or to click & print editions. (Instrumental parts are only available directly from WLP as click & print editions.)

To receive the discount, orders must be placed using the form below. Any orders from outside the archdiocese will not be accepted. After verification, orders will be shipped directly to the parish from World Library who will bill the parish for the cost of the music (minus the discount) plus shipping and handling. If you have any questions, please email Glenn Osborne, Director of Music for Archdiocesan Liturgies.

Regular prices for the Mass of Wisdom by Steve Janco for the available editions are as follows:
018040 Full Score – $16.00
018041 Choral Edition – $5.00
018042 Guitar Edition – $10.00
018046 Assembly Card – $0.75
018047 CD – $17.00

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    Priesthood Ordination Choir June 2016

    On Saturday, June 25 at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Michael Rubeling will be ordained to the priesthood. There will be one choir rehearsal on Monday, June 13 from 7 to 9 pm at the Cathedral.

    If you would like to participate as part of the choir for this event, please sign up using Eventbrite for a ticket according to your voice part.

    The ordination will begin at 10am on Saturday, June 25. Choir members are asked to be in the balcony by 9am for warm-up and rehearsal before Mass begins.

    Diaconate Ordination 2016

    On Saturday, May 21 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Kevin Ewing and Scott Rose will be ordained as deacons. There will be one choir rehearsal on Monday, May 9 from 7 to 9 pm at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen (5200 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21210). The size of the balcony at the Basilica limits this event to about 40 singers.

    If you would like to participate as part of the choir for this event, please sign up using Eventbrite for a ticket according to your voice part.

    Chrism Mass Music 2016

    Music for the 2016 Chrism Mass will be as follows:

    Entrance: Dilexisti justitiam (Osborne) & Lift High the Cross (CRUCIFER)
    Kyrie: Mass of Charity and Love
    Gloria: Mass of Wisdom
    Psalm 89: 21-22, 25, 27 (Osborne)
    Gospel Acc.: Lenten Acclamation from Misa Luna
    Presentation of Oils: O Redeemer (handout-chant)
    Offertory: Come Down, O Love Divine (W-472)
    Holy/Mem/Amen: Mass of Wisdom
    Lamb of God: Agnus Dei (chant)
    Communion: Ubi caritas (Bob Hurd – bilingual)
    Choral Meditation: Ave verum (Elgar)
    Recessional: God, We Praise You for the Calling (ODE TO JOY)

    A computer generated audio recording is available for Dilexisti justitiam and a YouTube video for the Ave Verum by Elgar.

    Cathedral Anniversary 2015

    For the celebration of the Anniversary of the Dedication of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, a Festival Choir is being formed to sing at the 5pm Mass on Saturday, November 14. Anyone and everyone who has sung at the Cathedral is invited to be part of this Homecoming event.

    Music for the event includes the following:

    Prelude (4:30):
    Praise Ye the Lord – Franck
    Ave Verum – Mozart
    Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach
    How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place – Brahms

    Hymns and Mass of Wisdom

    Rehearsals will take place on

    • Monday, November 2, 7-9pm
    • Tuesday, November 10, 7-9pm
    • Thursday, November 12, 7-9pm
    • Saturday, November 14, 10am-12noon

    Attendance at at least two rehearsals is expected in order to participate.

    Sign-up to participate at Eventbrite.


    School Convocation Mass 2015

    Singers and instrumentalists are invited to participate in the music ministry for the 2015 School Convocation Mass on August 20 at the Lyric Opera House. Sound check is scheduled for 7am. Mass with Archbishop Lori starts at 9am.

    Music will be emailed ahead of time to those who sign up through Eventbrite. One rehearsal will be held at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen (5200 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21210) on Monday evening, August 17 at 7pm.

    Parking and continental breakfast will be provided for all musicians. No other financial compensation is available. Dress code will be normal Archdiocesan Choir Dress (black and white with a splash of color – red preferred for this votive Mass of the Holy Spirit).

    Thank you for your musical service to the Archdiocese of Baltimore and Catholic Schools!


    Priesthood Choir Rehearsal 2015

    There is a rehearsal this Saturday for the Ordination to the Priesthood which will take place on Saturday, June 20. Music will be available for pickup at the rehearsal. I will also make the music available for download after the rehearsal is over. I expect us to meet in the church and to sing from behind the high altar for this event.

    If you will be able to sing for this event and attend the rehearsal, please RSVP by sending an email to director@archbaltchoir.org.

    Music for Transitional Diaconate 2015

    The Music List is now available. A packet of music will be assembled to facilitate organization of the choir and should be destroyed after use. (Download here.) Sufficient original copies of all music is kept at the Cathedral (or the Basilica). The packet will be available for download soon. Please print out and bring your music with you in a black binder or folder. If for some reason you cannot print the packet, please let me know in advance.


    Because this event will take place at the Basilica, we will meet in the choir loft at 8:45 am. There is a video of the Tallis where you can listen and watch the score available here. You can hear A Community Mass by Richard Proulx here. The Gloria is perhaps the least familiar movement. (I prefer a tempo a little faster than in the video.)

    Dress Code

    Unless stated otherwise, dress code for the Archdiocesan choir will be black and white with a splash of color. A full explanation may be found here.


    If you have not already done so, please indicate your intention to sing for this event by sending an email with your name and voice part to director@archbaltchoir.org.