Sunday, April 20, 2008

NLM Coverage: Papal Mass, Yankee Stadium

This post will be updated with ongoing images and commentary of the Pope's Mass in New York City.

I can offer NLM readers a preview of the setting for the Mass:

As you can also see, they are in the same configuration as they were in the cathedral as well. Evidently this has been an issue for the New York leg of this trip. Fortunately, at least, these two cases have been exceptions to the norm.

Again folks, just a reminder. We need to manage our expectations. Not everything in these liturgies are going to be in accord with Benedict's liturgical vision and programme of liturgical reform. Please keep this in the forefront of your mind as you approach this final liturgy.

(Clearly these are different candlesticks. You will note here the seventh candlestick and candle has been put upon the altar for this mass, behind the central altar cross.)

(This gives a better view of the altar)

The Kyrie picks up again on a traditional chant, which is wonderful. The choir is singing a very lovely polyphonic rendition of the Gloria as well. So far, this is picking up nicely from the sense of the liturgy at St. Patrick's Cathedral from yesterday.

The Gospel was sung at this Mass again today using the traditional tones, and it is wonderful to hear this. This is an aspect that needs to be reclaimed as part of the reform of the reform. It is perhaps one of the surprising and positive developments within the New York Masses the past two days.

After the homily concluded the Pope resumed with further Gregorian parts of the Mass, intoning the Credo. It is the familiar Credo III that so many are familiar with and which is so beloved to so many of the Catholic faithful.

(The use of torchbearers for the consecration is a good way to effect a sense of the solemnity of the moment and in turn to teach about the nature of the Mass and the Real Presence)

For the second day in a row, we have heard the proper communion chant from the Gradual. This is an extremely important and good inclusion for it is to be strived for that the proper chants of the Mass would again gradually find their place in the modern Roman liturgy.

This piece was followed up by yet another profound piece of sacred polyphony.

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