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Night Prayer at Parish of the Messiah

Our neighbor Episcopal Parish of the Messiah in Auburndale has a monthly “Night Prayer” service on the first Sunday of the month at 8:30pm. More information is available at http://nightprayer.org/inside.html.

Also, singers of any faith are invited to audition for Schola Nocturna, a small mixed ensemble that sings Night Prayer at the Episcopal Parish of the Messiah in Auburndale (Newton) on the first Sunday of each month at 8:30 PM. This liturgy is based on the ancient monastic office of Compline. Now entering our third season, Schola Nocturna has about twenty members from metropolitan Boston, the North Shore, and the South Shore. In this season we will also be exploring and hopefully launching a program that brings the mystical power of chant to hospitals and other health care settings.

Schola members learn to read original chant notation and become conversant with performance practice. Literature includes Byzantine, Mozarabic, Ambrosian and Gregorian chant, as well as chant from the Liber Usualis, the Sarum Graduale, and the Symphonia of Hildegard von Bingen. In addition, contemporary chant composed by Daryl Bichel, Music Minister at the church, and Renaissance polyphonic choral literature are performed.

Rehearsals are held on the two Saturdays prior to the first Sunday of the month from 10 AM – noon, and on the evening of Night Prayer from 6:30 – 9 PM. Amelia LeClair is the director. For further information and an audition, contact Daryl Bichel at 617.312.8328, darylbichel@aol.com.

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