Monday, March 09, 2009

Mass at My Parish II - Reminiscere with German Seminarians

Last year, I wrote about the Missa cantata in the Extraordinary Form we have introduced in my parish in Berlin. As I said then, a Missa cantata is - Deo gratias! - nothing too special anymore since Summorum Pontificum, and in terms of ceremonial, musical and architectural splendour this cannot, of course, compare with most Masses we are reporting here, and I am afraid the quality of the video is not too great either, but I still thought some of you might be interested in seeing videos of the Mass we had yesterday for Reminiscere, the Second Sunday of Lent. An added point of interest, and a circumstance of which we were espacially glad, was that a seminarian friend of mine had brought some of his fellow alumni of the Bamberg archdiocesan seminary. They served the Mass and their newly formed schola sang the ordinary chants together with the people (we have an average of about 100 faithful attending at 9 a.m. in my not at all central suburban parish), as well as the propers, partly (for the gradual and tract, if I remember correctly) availing themselves of the chants abrégés which Jeffrey has so meritoriously made available at Musica Sacra. The Mass was celebrated by my friend Fr Mathias Faustmann, parochial vicar of a neighbouring parish. Here you can see a picture of him, the seminarians and your humble correspondent after Mass:

Here are two videos of the offertory and the preface:

And these are the links for the other parts of the Mass: Asperges, Introit and Kyrie, Collect, Epistle and Gospel, Introit and Kyrie, Credo, Canon, Our Father through Agnus Dei, Introit and Kyrie, Communion, Communion (Part 2) and Postcommunion, Dismissal and Ave Regina (at the Lady Altar). Your humble correspondent is the acolyte on the Epistle side. I am aware that I am putting ourselves at your mercy regarding the comments, so please, if you find fault with anything, do so charitably and remember that we had not had the opportunity to train together before.

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