Thursday evening, May 30th at 6:30 pm, a Solemn Mass will be sung to celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. The Advent Choir and Orchestra will offer “An English Mass” by Herbert Howells. Our preacher will be the Rev’d Dr. Edie Dolnikowski, Canon for Ordained Vocations in the Diocese of Massachusetts. Mark your calendars and observe the Ascension on May 30th at the Advent! 

Herbert Howells
Herbert Howells

A gorgeous work for chorus, string orchestra, winds, tympani & harp, Howells’ “An English Mass” is rarely performed. We believe that this will be its North American Premiere by an all-professional choir and orchestra. The mass was commissioned for a 1956 concert of all-new works to celebrate Harold Darke’s 50th anniversary as organist & choirmaster of St Michael’s Cornhill, London. The title refers to the use (apart from the Kyrie) of the English text from the Prayer Book for the setting of the mass. In “An English Mass,” sonorous textures combine with sinewy melodies to create a mystical setting of refined beauty. Ecstatic outbursts of praise contrast with hushed melting solos. 

The Rev'd Dr Edie Dolnikowski
The Rev’d Dr Edie Dolnikowski



After completing a doctoral degree in medieval Church History, Edie Dolnikowski moved to the Boston area in 1990 to attend the Episcopal Divinity School. Since her ordination to the priesthood in 1996, she has served as an associate at The Church of Our Saviour, Brookline and St. Andrew’s Church, Wellesley.  In 2013 she was called to serve as the Canon for Ordained Vocations, where she works with the Commission on Ministry and those preparing for ordination as deacons and priests in the Diocese of Massachusetts.

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