This is a bit of an experiment, in every way both the Missa Cantata, the first I have celebrated, and the production and uploading of a video, thanks to Nick Bristow.
Missa Cantata: I had a few phone calls from people to say they couldn't come because of the snow and ice, how badly we are prepared in England for bad weather, so few people could come, including a couple of servers, the organist, the lady who was going to sing a cantata, there were actually a few more than those in the procession. The bells weren't quite as deafening in reality. I loved doing it, I got the chant wrong for practically everything, but if a thing is worth doing it is worth doing badly! What I like about it, is that I am not in charge, the rubrics are, I am just so grateful to Dominic the MC and his commands: genuflect, kiss, sing, bow, pray bless!
You can see how odd our santuary is, in the 1970's the altar was moved onto the sanctuary step and the sanctuary extended by a few feet. It is impossible to get a coffin in front of the altar, or a bride and groom kneeling before the altar without dragging benches around. Except for people in the front row no-one has seen the liturgical action in this church for the last 40 years. I hope that this year we will be able to raise the altar and move it back.
Next Friday evening I am singing a Requiem Mass for my father who died last Friday, in the simpler form, -choir, two servers, no incense. I am not sure where we can erect a catafalque for the absolutions, maybe in a side chapel. Pray for his soul.