Thursday, May 16, 2019

Video of Medieval Vespers of Easter in Paris (2019)

As I described in an article last month, Vespers of Easter Sunday and the days within the octave was celebrated in the Middle Ages according to a special form used only in that period. There were many variations to the ceremony; my article was based on the Use of Sarum, simply because the rubrics of Sarum liturgical books are more thorough than those of most other medieval Uses. When the See of Paris passed over from its Neo-Gallican Use to the Roman books in 1871, a special indult was granted to continue the celebration of Vespers in this form, and this is still done at the church of St Eugène. As part of our Holy Week and Easter photopost series, here is the video of the full ceremony, from the YouTube channel of our dear friends of the Schola Sainte-Cécile, followed by some pictures; you can follow the ceremony in this pdf booklet in Latin and French:

The entrance procssion; the cantors wear apparelled amices, as was commonly done on the more solemn feasts in the Middle Ages.
The cantors stand before the altar for the singing of the Gradual, Alleluia and Sequence.
The procession to the baptismal font with the Paschal candle.

The procession to the Cross.
Station at the Cross

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