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Latin Vespers

2009 October 19
by Gordon Reid

ChantFor the last three weeks we have been singing Sunday Vespers and Benediction in St Clement’s totally in Latin. We have had only a dozen or so people at Vespers on most Sundays in the last year, so I hope the new format may appeal to a wider constituency. Our aim for the future is to encourage some singers to form a schola to sing these services.

The above paragraph may well cause tree-hugging chorus loving nuns on guitars to rub their eyes in disbelief, but I have detected a love of the old traditional ways among quite a lot of young people at our local universities who come to our great Feasts, and a 3 0′clock service in Latin may well attract such. Of course we will have to make it better known, and that is always a challenge.

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