Thursday, 12 April 2012

O truly beautiful chant ...

... worthy alone to be sung on this blessed night.

It is not yet commonplace for major liturgies in metroploitan cathedrals to be webcast live and then made available for viewing "on-demand". But St. Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne appears to be blazing the trail - at least as far as the Antipodes is concerned.  Click here to watch this year's entire Easter Vigil.  The video is illuminating in various respects.  For example, this is the first Easter Vigil since the implementation throughout the English-speaking world of the new translation of the Roman Missal - and this meant many changes to the text of the prayers of the Vigil.  Then, we hear the new Exsultet - a real triumph of the new Missal.  Then we hear more chant - the Archbishop chanted almost everything!  Preface 1 of Easter with its two quilismas - excellent!!  This is a great example of how well the Novus Ordo Mass can be celebrated, and how the new Missal really assists in that endeavour. 

Sydney's Easter Vigil was stunning too - the music list may be viewed here.  And from The Australian newspaper this wonderful photo from the Mass of Easter Sunday morning: