The Plenary talk today was given by Fr. Christopher Smith, on the Theology of the Liturgy. After lunch were various breakout sessions. I attended the session on Chant in English and Spanish, part 1. After the talk, I was pleased to meet The Recovering Choir Director himself, Aristotle Esguerra! He had helped me a lot in the past when I needed help on a piece of music, but I had only ever 'met' him electronically. It's so nice to meet people in person on occasion. :)
Next came our first polyphony rehearsal. This was held in Christ Church Cathedral, across the street from our hotel. Our director is Dr. Horst Buchholz, director of sacred music at the cathedral and the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
|Dr. Horst Buchholz|
|We have quite a large group of singers!|
|working on the 1583 Missa pro Defunctis by Tomas Luis de Victoria|
for Saturday's Requiem Mass
in the Extraordinary Form
|the symbols also remind me of my Christmas Springerle cookie molds ;)|
|highly decorated from every angle with theological symbolism|
|ad orientem celebration of the Holy Sacrifice from the restored high altar|
|the holy gospel was incensed and chanted|
from the historic pulpit in the midst of the assembly
|the homily was also proclaimed from the high pulpit in the midst|
Offertory motet: Let Thy Merciful Ears, by Mudd
All the 240 Colloquium participants sang the Mozart Ave Verum Corpus after the Communion antiphon. Have you ever heard an entire congregation singing polyphony together like that? It must be like that in heaven! The exquisite beauty gave me goosebumps and brought a tear to my eye, it was that moving.
After supper, the evening concluded when we gathered to chant Compline.
God was fittingly worshipped today.