Friday, 9 May 2008

Mary Berry

Mary Berry, who died on 1st May, is one of a small group of individuals who worked tirelessly to promote Gregorian Chant when it was out of favour with the church. This kept the flame alight during a bleak period, pending the turn of the tide. Those whom she taught are now able to pass their knowledge on to the next generation.

In paradisum deducant te angeli,
in tuo adventu suscipiuant te martyres.
Chorus angelorum te suscipiat,
et com Lazaro quondam paupere
aeternam habeas requiem.

Thursday, 1 May 2008

Corpus Christi - Introit Cibavit eos

This is slightly out of tune


And a polyphonic version by I know not whom

Pentecost Sunday - Introit

Viri Galilaei

The Catholic bishops of England and Wales have decided that because not enough people are coming to Mass on Holy Days of Obligation, feasts including the Ascension should be celebrated on the following Sunday. This is cowardly. What they ought to be doing is encouraging people to attend. When I was working, Holy Days of Obligation were an opportunity to take part in the life of the Catholic community where I worked and not just the one where I live.

Anyhow, here is the Introit for the Mass of the day.