Yes, you read the headline right. The EF Mass at the Cathedral Basilica in Savannah had the most people in attendance since I have been celebrating it beginning in 2016, pandemic or not.
The schola, as usual, was exquisite. They chant a cappella. And my chanting wasn’t bad either. The only glitch that I overcame without a blip was that the MC turned the Missal’s page to the wrong version of the Preface of the Holy Trinity, the ferialis one, not the solemn one. I don’t know the simpler one and I realized it was the wrong one as I chanted the Preface Dialogue and what was coming out of my mouth wasn’t the notes written on the page. I quickly changed pages finding the right Solemn tone on the first flip!
There were a huge number of 20 somethings in attendance. After Mass, young something 20’s men as they greeted me as they departed the cathedral stated to me this was “awesome!” “I’ve never experienced a Mass like this!” Men don’t normally make such comments let alone young men.
You can see why so many men were interested in the priesthood under the pre-Vatican II ethos of the Church, prior to the so-called renewal of the Church, its supposed new springtime! Such arrogance!
No one, that I know of took photos of the Mass. The Cathedral has elaborate Christmas decoration and Crèche. So all was in place as it is a major effort to place all the decorations in the cathedral.
These photos are of the Advent/Christmas Concert that takes place yearly at the Cathedral on the 4th Sunday of Advent, only a couple of hours after the EF Mass. You get some idea of the decorations from these photos. Normally there are far more in the choir and tightly grouped and the cathedral packed. But the pandemic changed all that and only 200 were allowed to attend.