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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Holy Week in October

If you perservere in asking the Lord in confidence, He will grant your petition. Even if it's Tenebrae.

Tonight the ABC was filming next year's Good Friday and Easter Sunday programs for 'Hymns of Glory', in St Patrick's Cathedral. It was rather beautiful. Everything was just as it should have been if it were really Holy Week.

First the Easter Sunday program was recorded. Basically, we had a prayer service made up of segments from the Liturgy. It was interesting because most of the choir shots were set against the backdrop of the high altar - I don't blame them. The echo was magnificent, especially accompanied by the organ and brass section. Most memorable from the Easter section was the final blessing when Dr Cox, musical director, motioned His Grace and all of us to 'do it again.' It meant more episcopal blessings, so that wasn't a problem.

Everyone was very happy - The Canon and His Grace came and greeted us and thanked us for coming. It really sounded lovely - Catholics can sing!

What joy to hear Victimae paschali laudes!

Then it was Good Friday - the altar was stripped, and the Tenebrae candles were lit, much to my delight! Then was chanted Vexilla Regis, by the mixed choir. Lamentations 5:1-11 were sung by a gentleman from the choir very beautifully, but it was strange hearing 'Jerusalem' with an audible 'j'!

Then the Tenebrae responsory! Quia venit dies Domini magna et amare valde!

Part of St John's Passion was chanted - but I must say, the Latin text is much stronger. Sed unus militum lancea latus ejus aperuit, et continuo exivit sanguis, et aqua. The recessional was 'Praise to the Holiest (in the height)' - with organ! Nevertheless, it was a wonderful way to finish the day. Tenebrae and His Grace in fine voice with biretta and pompom. Deo gratias!

I think the ABC will have a fine program.

Oh yes, I forgot to mention that a few Monash students from Sunday were in attendence, too. Deo gratias that they have been exposed to some Liturgical treasures! (It's up to Me, remember!)

Comments [2]

Blogger chrysogonus:

Do you have any photos of the rehearsal or was it too dark for your camera? Thanks.

Wed Oct 18, 01:24:00 AM GMT  
Blogger Perpétua:

No pictures, no camera - nobody took pictures. You'll have to wait until next year.

Wed Oct 18, 09:09:00 AM GMT  

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