Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Processing the 150th
Everyone in the parish is exhausted after the inaugural Mass of 150th Anniversary. I was so delighted that everyone worked their socks of getting everything ready.
The music really was excellent, the church was full with people standing at the back, and the party afterwards was great fun.
I was so pleased that we chose the Extraordinary Form of Mass to begin a campaign of evangelisation, we had a few atheists, at least two Muslims, a number of Orthodox, quite a few Anglicans, especially amongst the singers and not a few agnostics and even blog readers as well as parishioners. It meant that people could come on their own level and still encounter God, even if it was just on the level of "God is beauty" and yes the music last night was extraordinarily beautiful. Some of the cavernous Brighton Anglican Church's might might put on Schubert regularly and do chant, probably not as competantly as us, when we do it well, but in the music last night in the intimacy of our church it was exquisite, the new Tom Bennett piece, that was truly special, difficult for some people but it worked so well in the EF - more on that later.
As people left they said things like, "Beautiful", "Moving", "Magnificent", "Thank you" (lots of those), several people said they wept because of the beauty.
I thought the good thing was it all hapened within 90 minutes!
At the moment we are waiting for picturess and sound to be processed.
Posted by Fr Ray Blake