The past eleven days are amongst the
busiest in our Church calendar. On All Saints’ Day,
Thursday 1 November, the Director of Music gave his
monthly organ recital, with a programme including pieces
on Saints’ Days ... illustrating Saints Paul, Bridgid,
Gabriel, George, Asaph, John the Baptist, Christopher,
Hippolytus, Michael, Canice, Cecilia, Stephen, Bride and
Cuthbert! That evening over two hundred gathered for the
High Mass with Procession of the Day. The Processional
Hymn was the complete For all the Saints with the
addition of our own home verses – fourteen verses in
For Holy Peter, who denied his Lord,
Faithless when Satan’s host with venom roared;
Strengthened his brethren when by grace restored.
For Holy Katharine, Martyr on the Wheel,
Our Patron Saint, inspire us with thy zeal,
And through thine image, all our people heal.
For blessèd Mary, Mother of our Lord,
Holy and spotless, ever be adored,
Pray for us sinners, now with one accord:
The service concluded with Mr
Horden’s stunning performance of the Final from
Vierne’s Symphonie No. 1, closely followed by a
drinks reception in Church. The next day – All Souls’
Day – saw the tradition three Requiem Masses. After
an early morning said service, the lunchtime service was
led by the Boys’ Choir and the All Saints’ Singers.
After an afternoon of football and games, the boys
returned, joined by the men, to give a liturgical
performance of Mozart’s Requiem in the evening.
On the Sunday in the Octave of All Saints, the
men of the choir had the day off, and the Boys’ and
Girls’ choirs combined to perform A Little Jazz Mass
in the morning, accompanied by Martin Pickett’s
wonderful trio, and Iain Farrington’s Blues Service
at Evensong, accompanied by the composer himself. The
usual week of services followed – Choral Evensong on
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Choral Mass on Thursday
and Choral Compline on Friday.