Beautiful pictures have emerged of the Solemn Pontifical Mass at the Throne offered on Wednesday night by His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke. The pictures were taken by Paul Brazier and the full set is available at this Facebook page.
The Mass, which was very well attended (the under 35s appeared to make up a large number of the congregation, possibly a majority), was followed by a delicious supper at which there was much conviviality.
The music was excellent, as always from the incomparable St Mary's Cathedral Choir.
As you will see from the pictures, the front altar installed in 2008, was used for the Mass. It is no slight to Cardinal Pell or Pope Benedict XVI (who consecrated the front altar during WYD 2008) to say that it is a shame the original high altar can no longer practicably be used for Mass whether in the Extraordinary or Ordinary Form. By contrast, the high altar was used in 2007 when George Cardinal Pell offered a Solemn Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form.
Here is the order of service from the 2007 Mass, which I retained for posterity. Credits for the beautiful order or service appear within the document.
declares Le Monde. Requiescat in pace. Brüggen was one of the best conductors of the period instrument movement, and was also an accomplished flautist. I had hoped to see him conduct the Johannes Passion in Paris earlier this year but he was too ill (he had been incapacitated for some years but heroically kept returning to the stage time and again to conduct some riveting performances). At this very moment I have his recording of Schubert's "Great" Symphony being shipped from Japan. His recordings of the Bach Sacred works, the Beethoven Symphonies (he recorded two cycles), the Haydn Symphonies and the Schubert Symphonies are the leaders in their field. The world has lost a great flautist and conductor.
Listen to his (first) recording of the Bach B minor Mass from 1993 with his own Orchestra of the 18th Century and the Netherlands Chamber Choir - excellence beyond compare.
Brüggen conducts Mozart's Requiem in a live performance from Japan
I keep returning to videos of the excellent Cappella Nicolai - the resident liturgical choir of the Church of St Nicholas, Amsterdam. Sint-Nicolaasbasiliek is hardly your average parish church - it was elevated to the status of minor basilica in 2012 and is the predominant church in Amsterdam (the cathedral for the diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam is St Bavo's in Haarlem). What a great model for other churches around the world (and let's face it, many cathedrals as well).