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Choir interlude

Half the choir is on holiday, at conferences, visiting family abroad — Choirmistress for one, and also A who directs when Choirmistress isn’t there, and Regular Bass, and Trainee Tenor’s alto wife. But we have E, who is here for six months as an exchange student from Belgium (an alto), and J, a bass, who

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Procession!

(Disclaimer: I don’t know how long the link will persist and I can’t embed or download the video.) Deventer is officially 1250 years old this year, and one of the things we’re doing to celebrate that –did yesterday, in fact– was  an ecumenical procession. The previous procession with the relics of St Lebuinus (counted as the

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Going to church in Sevilla

We went a lot. The evening we arrived we found the nearest church — Basilica de Jesús del Gran Poder — and though the company was congenial with lots of little children, the next church along (with an entrance in the same block), the Iglesia de San Lorenzo, where a very old priest served Mass

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Barcelona (part 2)

Church Sleeping under only a sheet did the trick. We didn’t need to get up so early as yesterday anyway, because on Saturday there’s no Catalan service at 8, only a Castilian service at 9. When we were walking to the church we passed a cafe and I said “if Café Mono is closed we

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Barcelona (part 1)

We wanted to go by train all the way, and already had the tickets! Then SNCF decided to strike two out of every five days, and one of those days was the first day that our Interrail ticket was valid and because it was a special bargain price we couldn’t change it. Travelling later, skipping

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Vespers of Easter

Time: 0:25 Total: 3:25 Grand total: 17:40 Congregation: about 30, including several people who hadn’t been able to come in the night and some stray people from the local running event Crew: Altar: Fr T and both hypodiakons Choir: everybody, even one alto’s student daughter who sings soprano when she happens to be here This

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Christ is risen!

Time: 3:00 Grand total: 17:15 Congregation: lots at the procession (we saw the tail-end through the street from the next corner), dwindled to about 40 at Liturgy Crew: Altar: Fr T, one hypodiakon directing inexperienced adult acolyte (his second time to serve) and ditto 7-year-old acolyte Choir: SSSAAATB at Matins, one soprano and one alto

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Vespers and Liturgy of Holy Saturday

Time: 2:45 Total: 4:50 Grand total: 14:15 Congregation: Fr T said 60 at the final blessing, but at Communion it looked more; 14 of them were children (that’s everybody under 18 in his counting, so from the 6-week-old baby –who incidentally is going to be Tertia’s godchild when she gets christened on May 5– to

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Matins and First Hour of Holy Saturday

Time: 2:05 Grand total: 11:35 Congregation: about 20-25 Crew: Altar (though mostly behind and around the epitaph): Fr T and one hypodiakon. Auxiliary: Tertia as cross-bearer in the procession. Choir: SSSAATB, with Incipient Alto and Trainee Tenor singing what they could. Nice quiet expectant service, full of glimpses of the Resurrection. Tomorrow it will be even

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Vespers of Good Friday

Time: 1:05 Total: 5:35 Grand total: 9:30 Congregation: about 30 Crew: Altar: Fr T, both hypodiakons Choir: 3 sopranos, 2 altos, 2 basses (this is actually the whole choir in its current state except Trainee Tenor and Incipient Alto, who came in late and didn’t join the singing) I’ve never realised until now that Fr

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