As we promised, here is a video of the full Votive Mass to the Holy Spirit in thanksgiving for Pope Benedict XVI’s 2009 Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus. This Mass opened our Anglican Tradition in the Catholic Church conference last Nov. 15 and 16 in Toronto.
The Mass took place in St. Michael’s Cathedral in the heart of the Toronto Archdiocese. Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, had been the episcopal delegate for the implementation in Canada of Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Constitution that opened the way for the ordinariates, diocese-like structures, for Catholics of Anglican tradition. The conference marked the 10th anniversary of the document.
Christopher Mahon, who led the team that organized the conference for the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society, described the music at the Mass and at Mattins and Evensong the next day as “representative of the very best of the Anglican musical tradition.”
The liturgies included music by Healey Willan, Thomas Tallis, Herbert Howells, William Byrd and Ralph Vaughn Williams. The professional ensemble included renowned Canadian organist Matthew Larkin and professional choirmaster and singer Peter Mahon of Toronto who led a choir of professional singers.
“That our liturgies were hosted by the Cathedral of the Latin diocese was a powerful sign of how the Anglican tradition has been fully welcomed into the Catholic Church,” Mahon said. “The experience of a Solemn Mass and Te Deum, Choral Mattins, and Evensong & Benediction, all done in accordance with the best of our Anglican tradition and in such a preeminent Catholic setting was deeply moving for everyone.”
You can read more about the conference here. Fr. Lee Kenyon, pastor of St. John Henry Newman Catholic Church in Victoria, B.C. and the former Dean of the Canadian Deanery of St. John the Baptist of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, was the chief celebrant and homilist.
Dave LeRoss, the videographer, did an amazing job in recording a number of different camera angles without any assistance, and then edited the final product to bring us a Mass recording that is far more pleasing to the eye than one with one fixed camera position. Mahon also made sure the sound recording was top notch to highlight the musical tradition that is a “precious gift nourishing the faith of the members of the Ordinariate and as a treasure to be shared.”
Soon, we will post videos of the conference talks, starting with that of Bishop Steven Lopes. And we will publish a special conference edition of Shared Treasure: the Journal of the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society. Those who would like to have a printed copy of the journal may now order one on Amazon.
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