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Music: 9 November 
9th-Nov-2008 05:23 pm
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I'm not going to have the chance to post later, so I'll just go on with the music post just now.

Apparently, the chaplaincy has given up pretending that the morning service is ecumenical, so I believe the only way to describe it now is Protestant.

So, at the Protestant service, we celebrated Remembrance Day.

For our bits of the service, we sang 'Requiem Aeternam', 'Dies Irae', 'Sanctus', 'Agnus Dei', and 'Agnus Dei', in that order.
Everything went pretty well and we really shone on the 'Agnus Dei'.

The hymns were St. Anne, Slane, Cwm Rhondda, and Sine Nomine.

I love singing Sine Nomine, and we got 8 verses of it today. :)

As part of the service, they do a a sequence called 'Last Post, Lament, Silence, and Reveille'. For the first, there is a trumpet tune, followed by the lament on bagpipes, then the obvious silence, then more trumpet.
The amazing part is that during the lament, the piper walks away from the chapel and the sound fades away. It's very stoicly and solemnly emotional and while I didn't mention it last year, it hit me the same then as it did today.

After, they'd laid out some free nosh for us which was gratefully devoured.
It was a little scary to watch one of the RAF members down 7 glasses of white wine in less than 4 minutes.

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As I'm posting just now, before Mass, I can't speak to particulars, but we are going back to the ordinary Mass for the moment. Including today, there are three Sundays before Advent.
If anything out of the usual happens, I'll edit the post to reflect that. But, probably won't see anything. :)

Edit: Messed up the Alleluia verset. But, there were other flubs that made mine not as glaring.
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10th-Nov-2008 04:46 pm (UTC) - Protestantism
What feature(s) of your morning service led you to describe it as "Protestant"? (I believe that that the Dies Irae is no longer part of the Requiem Mass according to the Roman rite, but I wouldn't call it especially Protestant either).

Robin
10th-Nov-2008 07:36 pm (UTC) - Re: Protestantism
It's not my description.

I think they have unofficially gone to that because it became more and more obvious that since they don't celebrate a real presence communion it wasn't inclusive of the Catholics, and thus Protestant more than anything else.

I'm not really fussed either way. :)

Dies Irae is quite Catholic, yes, but I've done portions of the Mozart Requiem in all manner of settings, so I wouldn't make it a benchmark of the Roman rite. Maybe.
12th-Nov-2008 12:29 pm (UTC) - Re: Protestantism
If they don't believe in the Real Presence, won't they be excluding most Protestants as well, apart from Zwinglians and possibly Calvinists?

Never mind; to turn to more cheerful matters, I trust you'll be celebrating St Margaret at some point next Sunday?

Robin
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