Today's plenary talk was given by Dr. Mahrt, on the aesthetics of psalmody as a foundation for liturgy.
After lunch, it was time for a demo by a children's schola from Virginia, who were taught using the Ward Method, followed by our various polyphony choir practice. There are four polyphonic choirs. Each prepares selections for the daily sung Masses, whether ordinary or extraordinary form, in English or Latin, including the Ordinary, the Propers, and motets.
This afternoon's Mass was at the Pro-Cathedral of St. John, built in the mid-nineteenth century. I love the acoustics in the old churches; time to return to that architectural aesthetic!
After supper, we returned to the main ballroom on the 13th floor of our hotel for chanted Compline.
We shall do it all again tomorrow! :-)
|David Cole conducts the advanced women's schola.|
|Ward Method children's schola|
|Main altar and sanctuary,|
ProCathedral of St. John
|Angels in the architecture|
|Pipe organ in the loft|
|Prayer after Communion|
|Celtic cross outside the main entrance|
|Lots of cassocks to bee seen this week! :-)|