~ Easter treats! ~

Lent 2011 012(web)Lent 2011 022(web) After Palm Sunday Mass the choristers enjoyed an Easter treat (prematurely!) at the local Pizza Hut.  It was a welcome break amidst a busy schedule of rehearsals to learn music for all the Holy Week services.  This is the most important week in the Christian calendar and follows the events leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection. The choir plays an important role in leading the music for the liturgies throughout this time.  The Mass on Maundy Thursday celebrates the institution of the Eucharist.  Fittingly the choir sang the Renaissance composer Josquin des Prez’s Missa Pange Lingua, which uses the melody of the Eucharistic hymn “Pange Lingua” for the Mass setting.  The liturgy on Good Friday commemorates the Passion and Death of Jesus.  For this the choir sang Leighton’s “Drop, drop, slow tears”, Lotti’s “Crucifixus à 8” and Allegri’s famous “Miserere Mei”.  It was a very moving service in a packed Abbey.  The Mass of the Resurrection on Easter Day was celebrated by the Abbot.  At this the choir sang Vierne’s majestic Messe Solonnelle and Widor’s Surrexit a mortuis.  The choir was on top form throughout this busy time.  The choristers enjoyed a well-earned “Easter egg hunt” after the Easter Day Mass.  It is amazing how the most angelic of voices can suddenly turn into a tribe of predators in search of chocolate.  Never doubt their energy!