Friday, November 05, 2010

The Requiem Season

Last Saturday the Schola Abelis accompanied a Requiem for the Dead of the Parish of St Birinus, Dorchester on Thames; Fr John Osman sang the Mass.

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St Birinus is famous for its Rood Screen, which Fr Osman has gilded and polychromed in the course of his restoration of the church. After Mass we sang the In Paradisam at the grave of Dr Mary Berry, the great promoter of Gregorian Chant, who is buried in the churchyard there.

On Tuesday it was All Souls, and we sang the same propers for all the Faithful Departed in SS Gregory & Augustine, which now has a full set of saints on either side of the altar.

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Mass was sung by Fr John Saward. We had some spectacular early polyphony at both Masses; if I can coax my computer into being able to process the videos I will post them.

Tomorrow I am off to the LMS' Annual Requiem for our dead members, in Westminster Cathedral; this will be a Pontifical Mass celebrated by Bishop Arnold, with singers from the Cathedral Choir, and a cataphalque, which Bishop Arnold will bless with holy water.

In a couple of weeks it will be Remembrance Sunday, when we will pray for those who died in our country's wars.

Don't forget to pray for your loved ones in November!

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