“Saluti Da Siena!”
I had the great pleasure of hearing our very own JSerra Choir sing as
the featured choir at the 10:00 AM mass at the historic–and
magnificent–Duomo in Siena. The Duomo is a beautiful Marian cathedral,
having been dedicated to the Assumption of Our Blessed Virgin Mary.
We were honored to have Father Vincent’s confer, Father Martin celebrate
mass. Father Martin, a Norbertine father who formerly taught at Mater
Dei and Santa Margarita high schools, is in residence in Tuscany until
For those who have never visited–it’s definitely worth the trip! The
Duomo is an excellent example of Gothic architecture and art. Records of
earliest masses at the Duomo date back to 1215 AD. Our mass today was
celebrated in the private sacristy chapel.
The Duomo has many notable features. From its facade to its pulpit each
is more impressive than the last. We could not help but be in awe of the
Duomo’s inlaid marble mosaic floor. Artistically depicting gorgeous
images from the Old Testament, the Sibyls, and virtues, the inlay
covers the whole floor of the cathedral.
Equally impressive were the young men and women of the JSerra Choir.
Under the extraordinary direction of Mr Andrew Alvarez, the choir was
simply magnificent. Immediately following mass, the choir treated
friends and family as well as the Duomo’s visitors to a special concert
in front of the Duomo’s main altar. Visitors making the pilgrimage to
the Duomo Di Siena had no idea the treat they’d be enjoying when they
arrived. Of course, the rest of us who have enjoyed the talented group
of JSerra’s best and brightest were proud that they had “outdone
Addio, per ora!
Click here to hear the choir firsthand.
Stay tuned for more adventures from Italy, as we will be posting special entries throughout the trip.