Some of the 500 members of the Papal Choir that will sing during the public Mass celebrated by Pope Francis Sept. 27 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia rehearsed together for the first time Aug. 3 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. The singers are members of parish choirs throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as well as the Archdiocesan Children’s Choir and Catholic high school choirs. Each person had to be nominated and pass an audition to join the Papal Choir.
The choir will rehearse intensively in six sessions lasting between two and three hours each, from July 27 to Sept. 20, at the cathedral. Two more rehearsals will take place just days before the Mass on Sept. 24 and 25 at the Kimmel Center with the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Between the choir and the orchestra, the music during the papal Mass promises to be a world-class offering to God in the liturgy. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
In a time to build, CatholicPhilly.com connects people and communities
As society emerges from the loss and separation of the pandemic, CatholicPhilly.com works to strengthen the connections between people, families and communities every day by delivering the news people need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live.
By your donation in any amount, you join in our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month.
Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Won't you consider making a gift today?
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can ― a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by credit card here:
Or make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103