Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Good Shepherd Sunday at St Bartholomew's, Regent Park

I was pleased to be able to attend the Festal Mass of the Second Sunday after Easter at St Bartholomew's Church at Parliament and Dundas. The Mass included incense and the celebrant was assisted by a deacon (the interim priest-in-charge) in alb and stole (which he even wore to the luncheon following!)

The Prayer Book rite was followed very strictly, without many of the changes customary in Anglo-Catholic parishes. We didn't GAB (Gloria at beginning) and the offertory preceded the Intercession. I don't know what the Mass setting was, other than the Credo and Gloria (congregationally sung to de Angelis).

We began by singing a cappella the proper Introit appointed in the Book of Common Prayer to plainsong. After the Epistle, the proper Gradual was chanted in the same fashion. The deacon chanted the Gospel, and the Nicene Creed immediately followed. At the offertory, a minor proper from the English Hymnal was sung by the choir and the celebrant changed from a cope into a Latin chasuble (but no maniple). The Sursum Corda responses were accompanied by organ. The Lord's Prayer was transposed in customary Anglo-Catholic fashion. Although the Peace was of course said in the Prayer Book place rather than at the end of the Liturgy of the Word as in the BAS, the celebrant turned to face the congregation, which often doesn't happen in BCP Masses.

At the end, we sang the Regina coeli to "Easter Hymn." A splendid morning, all in all.


Thom Curnutte said...

I've always thought that to be an odd Episcopal custom.. changing into a chasuble at the Offertory.

Liam Beadle said...

They didn't GAB; but did they TARP?

Geoff said...

I think so, but don't quote me thereon.