Choral Mass Project

Enhancing the Music Ministry at St. Mark's, Berkeley

From the Director of Music

Music is an important and vital aspect of our ministry at St. Mark’s, and our parish is very much in a position to broaden and expand our musical gifts to the city of Berkeley and the greater Bay Area. With the support of the interim rector, the worship committee, and the choir, we have decided to embark on a Choral Mass Project. On the second Sunday of each month, the choir will offer a choral mass setting of the Ordinary of the Eucharist at the 10:00 a.m. liturgy.

Many seekers come through church doors desiring mystery, awe, and an authentic connection with the Divine. Music is one way to support and cultivate this need and desire. Offering such services will continue to build our musical and liturgical traditions, as well as to speak to the present as well as to the future. I am very excited about this new opportunity, and I look forward to exploring how these services will continue to shape, form, and inform.


Upcoming Musical Highlights, 2017–2018

September 10, 2017

Elliot Levine, Missa Morus

October 8, 2017

Herbert Sumsion, Communion Service in F Major

November 12, 2017

Tomás Luis de Victoria, Missa “Simile est regnum”

December 10, 2017

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Missa “Lauda Sion”

January 14, 2018

Harold Darke, Communion Service in F Major

February 11, 2018

Guido Haazen, Missa Luba: Mass in Congolese Style

March 11, 2018

Arvo Pärt, Berliner Messe

April 8, 2018

Gerre Hancock, Missa Resurrectionis

May 13, 2018

Anthony Caesar, Missa Brevis Sancti Pauli

NB: There will be no sung Choral Mass on the second Sunday of June.

Nurturing the St. Mark's Family

The Worship Committee seeks prayerfully to consider ways not only to enhance and expand the worship of our existing members, but also to find ways to bring people new to our wonderful congregation through our doors. The monthly Choral Mass Project is an exciting initiative for community-building.  As with the many other gifts of St. Mark’s ministry—such as the offerings of our talented Spoken Word Committee—we can spread the Good News through sharing these gifts.