Mass music and Vespers are sung by Catholic Society’s Schola, a choir formed of students from all classes. Some of these students have musical backgrounds while others have little experience, but we all share one common characteristic: a deep love of the Church and a desire to serve her through this ministry. The choir sings almost entirely in Latin, and handouts are provided for those who are listening to follow along.
What is Vespers?
Deriving its name from the Latin word for evening, Vespers is traditionally sung at sunset as part of the Liturgy of the Hours. It consists of five chanted psalms, a hymn that corresponds to the feast of the day, and the Magnificat. These prayers are a beautiful way to praise God for the blessings of the day in addition to sanctifying the remaining hour of daylight. According to the Catechism, "the hymns and litanies of the Liturgy of the Hours integrate the prayer of the psalms into the age of the Church, expressing the symbolism of the time of day, the liturgical season, or the feast being celebrated. Moreover, … [these prayers] reveal more deeply the meaning of the mystery being celebrated, assist in understanding the psalms, and prepare for silent prayer" (CCC 1177).