Kölner Dommusik (Cologne Cathedral Music) is reporting that by means of "a generous gesture of the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI" the Papal Mass of Pentecost Sunday will honour the 200th anniversary of the death of Franz Joseph Haydn that same day (Sunday, May 31st), by way of the use of a Haydn orchestral Mass setting for that Mass.The music will be performed by the Cologne Cathedral Choir and the Cologne Chamber Orchestra and the latter report that the Mass setting will be Haydn's Missa Solemnis in B-flat major (Harmoniemesse).
So the Holy Father is celebrating a Mass accompanied by an orchestra, which is interesting, for those of my generation who were taught that "actual participation" meant you physically had to join in the ordinary of the Mass, the Kyrie, Gloria etc.
That is not going to happen in Rome this Pentecost, but a deeper participation, "in beauty" is going to take place. Listening to the Mozart Requiem as a teenager put to flight a growing agnosticism in me.
I believe because of beauty.