Candlemas Missa Cantata

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Tomorrow at 6.30pm there will be a Missa Cantata in the Extraordinary form for Candlemas, or The Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary by it’s proper name. Unusually, the 10.30am will be a low Mass tomorrow, but then it is not very often Candlemas falls on a Sunday.

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It’s five years since our first ever Missa Cantata and it snowed heavily on that day. Our choir that evening consisted of myself and four others and l think l had barely sung a note of Gregorian Chant before then. I recall that it took me several weeks to learn the Adorna Thalamum, the antiphon for the Procession, and l had pages of crib notes about when to sing what.

Do come tomorrow night if you can, especially if you don’t usually go to a Latin Mass.  If you are familiar with Gregorian Chant and want to sing with us, then we are rehearsing in the presbytery from 4.15pm tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon.  Also, pray we have no snow or any other extreme weather event.

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