|Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, incoming Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, outside St. Mary's Cathedral Sydney after Mass on 23 November 2014|
I'm not sure if His Excellency was forewarned of the impending choral force 10 gale, however he cannot but have been impressed by the Cathedral Choir's splendid singing of:
- the Introit Dignus est Agnus;
- the Kyrie, Gloria and Agnus Dei from Widor's Messe à Deux Choeurs et Deux Orgues;
- the Alleluia Potestas eius;
- Dupré's motet Laudate Dominum;
- the Communio Amen dico vobis: Quod uni; and
- Christus Vincit.
Here is a recent upload to Youtube, the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School Schola Cantorum and others singing the Kyrie and Gloria from the Widor Mass at a recent centenary Mass at Westminster Cathedral.
In Sydney, it was a most fitting celebration of the feast of Christ the King, and a happy coincidence that on the day of an unexpected visit from a French Archbishop, one of the most effective modern French settings of the Mass was programmed.
Incidentally Burke was himself recently in Sydney. What a lot of activity in the Antipodes!
Vespers was most beautiful this evening, and occasioned a visit from the fire brigade.
Perhaps the axiom "If I can see the Blessed Sacrament, there is not enough incense" needs to be updated to "If the fire brigade did not attend, there was not enough incense"!