I am in Saint Augustine for the Mass celebrating it founding 450 years ago! Cardinal O'Malley celebrant! How cool is that!
UPDATE: What a glorious day it was and Cardinal O'Malley gave an excellent homily and his art of celebrating the Liturgy was excellent!He didn't chant any of his parts, but his speaking voice has a chant like quality to it.
The music was splendid although a bit of a hybrid with a mix of Latin, Spanish and English. The Processional was Christopher Walker's Laudate, Laudate Dominum, which has a wonderful Latin refrain all sing and the choir sings the verses in English. It was robustly sung with organ an other instruments. The choir was excellent.
The Gloria was in Latin, Jubilatio Deo version, and powerfully chanted by all but the organ accompaniment was a bit lethargic.
Ther Responsorial Psalm was okay. I think I would have prefered something more chant-like involving the entire choir rather than just the cantor.
The Sanctus, Mystery of Faith and Great Amen were from The Community Mass. I like this setting of the Mass very much.
Unfortunately the Our Father was spoken, not chanted.
The Agnus Dei was the Jubilatio Deo Latin version, but much too short for all the additional things that needed to be accomplished at that point. I think the choir could have sung a more complex Latin Agnus Dei by one of the great Masters.
There was a "Hymn of Thanksgiving" after Holy Communion which I do not endorse. And on top of that we stood to sing it which then flowed immediately into the Post Communion Prayer and Solemn Blessing and Dismissal.
Then there was no recessional hymn but simply an Organ Recessional by a 16th Century Spanish Composer which was appropriate for a Mass celebrating the 450th Anniversay of Catholicism coming to St. Augustine.
I wish the propers had been chanted. While I liked the Processional Hymn, it was a bit too triumphalistic and not in keeping with the noble simplicty of Gregorian Chant at the Entrance.
Oh, and did I write that today is the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary? What a splendid day for Saint Augustine to have been founded on our Blessed Mother's Birthday. The Mass was for the Feast.
I thought too, that some elements from the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, such as chanting the Propers from the EF Mass for this Feast as well as the Gradual would have been quite appropriate.
As well, the Liturgy of the Eucharist could have been Ad Orientem with the Latin Sanctus, Mystery of Faith and Pater Noster. That would have been stunningly beautiful and recall the actual first Mass celebrated outdoors here in Saint Augustine's!