Sunday, July 5, 2015

Colloquium - The Last Day

Colloquium group pic
All too soon, our heavenly week was ended.  Our final Mass was back in the university chapel.  With the eight scheduled choirs, plus the members of the Faure choir adding their voices to the beginning polyphony choir, our nine choirs evoked the nine Angelic Choirs of Heaven. The Mass concluded with all 210 attendees chanting the Te Deum in alternatum.

Please plan to join us next year in St. Louis!

Pope Leo XIII in stained glass

Entrance procession, OF Mass

Dcn. Ed Shaeffer chants the holy Gospel
Homily, Fr. Pasley
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When the Colloquium ended, we decided to go and visit St. Anthony chapel, which contains the largest collection of relics outside the Vatican.  However, even though the website said it would be open today, it was closed.
Instead, we visited Epiphany Church, which was having a 4th of July food festival.  This is another of many beautiful old churches in the Pittsburgh area,
Old Testament prophets in stained glass all along the wall on the epistle side.
Life size St. Vincent de Paul keeps vigil in the back of the church.
Rose window above the organ and choir loft.
Moses in the Holy of Holies
Angels in the vestibule - Puritas
and Temperantia
Pope Leo XIII was gloriously reigning when construction began on Epiphany Church
and Pope St. Pius X was gloriously reigning when it was completed.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Colloquium Day 5

Today was the day we'd been awaiting all week.  Every year, the CMAA celebrates a Solemn Requiem Mass for their deceased members.  This year,   the Faure Requiem setting was chosen.  This was our second and last trip to the cathedral.

In the choir loft and ready to sing Faure's Requiem Mass setting

Mass in the Extraordinary Form begins

Incense and prayers over the catafalque

The largest tabernacle I've yet seen, on the side altar.

Colloquium Day 4

Another whirlwind day at the Musica Sacra Colloquium!  Today we had Mass, Vespers, and Compline at the breathtakingly beautiful Cathedral of St. Paul in downtown Pittsburgh.  This church makes our own Sacred Heart  in Church in downtown Tampa seem almost frumpy in comparison!  The Faure choir rehearsed in the loft for tomorrow's Solemn Requiem Mass.  The Mass Ordinary today was sung beautifully by the Palestrina choir.  After supper at a nearby Indian restaurant, we went back to the cathedral for Vespers, celebrating the Visitation of Our Lady, followed by sung Compline.

Stairs to the choir loft

Holy water stoup

The Holy Spirit watches over all

I lit a votive candle for the success
of our new Latin Mass parish
St. Michael the Archangel
Defend us in battle!
The new music reading session was held in
Synod Hall
The gallery

Solemn Vespers led by the
Office choir

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Tabernacle on a side altar