14 September 2012

A most beautiful Feast...

The Great Rood at Our Lady of the Atonement Church

Today's Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross was nothing short of magnificent. The day began with a Low Mass in the Chapel of the Most Sacred Heart. At mid-morning we celebrated a Sung Latin Mass, and with the students, joined by parishioners, it meant we had a congregation of more than 650 for the second Mass.

The Young Men's Schola chanted the Propers, and during Holy Communion the Honors Choir sang Stainer's "God So Loved The World" with such sensitivity and dynamics that it really was breath-taking.

The rafters were raised when the everyone sang the hymns, accompanied by our wonderful Casavant pipe organ -- "Lift High the Cross," "At the Name of Jesus," and "Crown Him With Many Crowns."

Afterwards the Lady Chapel was filled with those venerating the Relic of the True Cross, and there were visitors to the Chapel throughout the day.

In the afternoon the students assembled for Solemn Evensong. Incense was still in the air from the morning Mass, but we added yet more as we chanted Evensong together.

As I said, it was a most beautiful feast...

The Relic of the True Cross at Our Lady of the Atonement Church