Friday, 8 July 2011

Requiescant in Pace and More Victoria

Today at St Mary's Cathedral what seemed like half of the legal profession in Sydney attended the funeral Mass of Roderick Pitt Meagher AO QC, a former Justice of Appeal of the Supreme Court of NSW.  According to the Australian newspaper:
"when he died last week he had already organised his funeral at St Mary's Cathedral today, where the mass was to be said in Latin, according to the death notice."
 He got roughly half of his wish granted.  The setting of the Ordinary was Victoria's Requiem (Kyrie, Agnus Dei), and the other Latin parts were:  the Introit, the Sign of the Cross and Greeting, the Offertory Motet, the Preface, the Sanctus (Mass XVIII), the Doxology, the Lord's Prayer, the Communion Motet and the Libera Me.  The remaining parts were largely using the new English translation of the Roman Missal.

A fitting send off for a man who by all accounts appreciated the full beauty and majesty of the Roman Rite.

I can now also upload one of my favourite youtube videos - Westminster Cathedral Choir singing the Kyrie from Victoria's Requiem at the funeral Mass of their beloved Cardinal Hume in 1999: