Gabriel Fauré composed his Requiem in D minor, Op. 48, between 1887 and 1890. I wonder if he thought it would be sung at Mass in 2012 in Macon, Georgia? I wonder if Bishop Annibale Bugnini would have thought so too? God acts in mysterious ways!
Many, many thanks to Nelda Chapman director of the combined choirs, Harold McManus organist and to our combined choirs and soloists. (Nelda is Methodist and Harold is Southern Baptist--post Vatican II ecumenism at work in the highest, which was also quite common with our Catholic choirs in pre-Vatican II times in the South--in the south we owe a great debt of gratitude to our Protestant brothers and sisters in the music ministry who kept our grand tradition of chant and fine sacred music alive and very well at that!
As you view the video which Mr. Stacy Lumley compressed for the digital format, please note that there are some mistakes but inscrutable to most except those who may be anal retentive.
I don't have a biretta. My parochial vicar does, my permanent deacon doesn't. I have an antipathy toward them and can see why these were so easily discarded along with the maniple. But if someone were to give me one, I would wear it.
The major mistake that should not have happened and threw me into major discombobulation around the time following the Pater Noster is that I had warned the deacon acting in the sub deacon capacity not to forget to take the ciboria from the credence table to the altar when the chalice was placed on the altar at the Offertory. HE ALONG WITH THE PAROCHIAL VICAR ACTING AS DEACON FORGOT!!!! I didn't notice it until after the Pater Noster as the congregation would have received the Most Holy Eucharist from hosts consecrated as this Requiem. So I had to tell the subdeacon to go and get the hosts from the tabernacle. Now in the tabernacle was a veiled traditional ciborium and a modern bowl like one. Of course he brings the bowl-like one which throws me even further. Can you tell? Obviously the "chalice" looking ciborium is a symbol of the chalice and that even the consecrated Host alone is the Body and Blood of Christ which we symbolically "eat and drink" for those who are liturgical fundamentalists and literalists but more importantly we "receive" which is the point of the Church and of Holy Communion.
The final major error and this is because I failed to practice is the conclusion. I knew the deacon was to chant "Requiescant in Pace" but I got discombobulated with the reverse order of the dismissal and blessing in the EF Mass and had a "senior moment" as it regards how the Requiem was to be concluded and the Placeat recited without the blessing. Oh well!
Finally, I think our deacon and subdeacon must have been trying to bring OF sensibilities to the Liturgy of the word--can you tell where?
Also, please note that there is a prelude before the Introit. Our cantor chants the names of our Faithful Departed from the past year inscribed on the Scroll at the Blessed Mother's Chapel. My favorite parts of the Requiem are the Introit, the Offertory, the Sanctus (rest assured I recited the complete Sanctus btw)as wellas the Libera Me and In Paradisum.