Although nowadays the Roman Catholic Mass in the Ordinary Form is usually celebrated in the vernacular, there is still a place for Latin, the historic and official language of the Church. To quote Pope Benedict, “it behoves all of us to preserve the riches which have developed in the Church’s faith and prayer”.
At St Thomas of Canterbury the main congregational parts of the Mass (Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus Dei) are often sung to the plainsong Mass “de Angelis”, and the creed to the chant known as Credo III. Plainsong is also used for some of the English in the Mass such as the Psalm and the Alleluia and Communion verses.
This will be the case when Fr Mario Sanderson and the congregation of St Thomas welcome everyone to join them for Mass during the Festival at 10 am on 1st May. Communion anthems will include works by Byrd and Elgar, as well as some Latin hymns in plainsong.
FREE ENTRY – No tickets are issued.