Photos by Ed Casey

The Metropolitan Catholic Chorale provided sacred music for a Friday evening liturgy at Our Holy Redeemer parish in Freeport on April 20, as the community gathered to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

The Chorale sang the solemn votive Mass of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest, under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Donelson, director of Sacred Music at St. Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie).

Mass was preceded by recitation of the rosary, led by Our Holy Redeemer’s pastor, Father Douglas Arcoleo.

OHR associate pastor, Father Alessandro da Luz presided at the Mass, concelebrating with Msgr. Donald Bennett, who resides at the parish, and Father Vincent Schifano, associate pastor at St. Frances de Chantal, Wantagh.

The Metropolitan Catholic Chorale (MCC) is dedicated to singing the Catholic Church’s treasury of sacred music—Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony—in the context of the sacred liturgy in the New York metropolitan region, and to helping others discover, understand, and love the Church’s sacred music.

Members of the auditioned ensemble are singers from around the metropolitan New York region who want to sing Gregorian chant and sacred polyphonic works, developing both their skills as choral singers as well as their understanding of the Church’s teachings on sacred music. Rather than singing the Church’s sacred music in concert settings, the Chorale’s aim is to learn how better to pray at the Church’s sacred liturgy through singing its sacred music.