Saturday, March 3, 2018

KNOXVILLE'S SPLENDID NEW CATHEDRAL

From Henry in Knoxville:

Perhaps you will permit me to post video links to the liturgical celebrations for the dedication of Knoxville’s new cathedral today (Saturday, March 3).

Last (Friday) evening, First Vespers for the Dedication of a Church (from the commons in the Liturgy of the Hours) was celebrated in the presence of 3 cardinals, our bishop, and the apostolic nuncio; video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-HSQUjiPoA&feature=youtu.be&t=3740

Chanted in Latin and English, with a Te Deum inserted near the end, following a deeply Catholic homily by Card. Rigali. The liturgy was chanted by the choir, but it sounded like many in the large congregation participated in alternating psalm verses between the two sides of the main aisle.

The Mass of Dedication at 12 noon today (Saturday) with 5 cardinals and 21 bishops present will be webcast live:
https://dioknox.org/

This video will subsequently be posted on the diocesan YouTube channel: 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaJfLu91XfO9ChUXkAJBD6g/videos 

9 comments:

TJM said...

Henry,

They sang the Latin chant Te Deum? Wow, now that's change I can believe in!

Henry said...

Yes, of course, the Te Deum was chanted in Latin. How else? What do you think we are down here? Hillbillies? I've never the Te Deum sung in English, and hope I never do. So to hear it in Latin, the following link will take you right to the spot in the video where it begins:

https://youtu.be/b-HSQUjiPoA?t=3889

Actually, this was a pretty good job by local Latin Mass standards. (Hey, this doesn't pretend to be Brompton Oratory.) It's immediately followed by the Magnificat, chanted in English (which somehow doesn't seem so bad as most English chants)

TJM said...

Henry,

Hillbillies? Perish the thought, I am not a liberal Democrat with a license to denigrate!

I was just pleasantly surprised. Is the Program available online?

Henry said...

The following link jumps into the video of the Mass of Consecration just before the begging of the opening procession:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8IcJHVISN8&feature=youtu.be&t=5625

Near the beginning you get some interior views of the cathedral, with its mosaic dome, side altars, high altar under a massive baldachino, and even higher central tabernacle under its own smaller baldachino. I wonder whether a more evidently and solidly Catholic cathedral has been built in the United States since Vatican II.

TJM said...

Henry,

I watched the Dedication Mass. There were the following positives:

1) Roman Canon

2) Ave Verum and Panis Angelicus

3) Splendid and very Catholic looking Cathedral (you could easily celebrate ad orientem there)

I was a bit disappointed in that they did not have the Latin Chants for the Sanctus and Agnus Dei. I suspect the clericalists felt it was "too hard" for the laity!

On balance, this was far better than what I have seen in recent years, so the Bishop deserves kudos.

Henry said...

TMJ - The planners assigned most of the Latin to the preceding evening's Vespers, for which our diocesan Latin Mass scholas sang an my parish's Latin Mass organist played.

TJM said...

Henry,

I think the "planners" need a remedial course in Sacrosanctum Concilium which requires the pastor to teach his congregation to sing the parts of the Mass proper to them in Latin.

It was great that your parish was involved with the Vespers

Henry said...

Catholic Herald (UK) article:

America's Newest Cathedral
http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2018/03/06/pictures-americas-newest-cathedral-dedicated/

Remarkable Photo
http://catholicherald.co.uk/content/uploads/2018/03/20180305T1543-1453-CNS-KNOXVILLE-CATHEDRAL-DEDICATION.jpg

Henry said...

And this Catholic Philly photo:

http://catholicphilly.com/media-files/2018/03/KNOXVILLE-CATHEDRAL-DEDICATION.jpg