Easter Sunday morning Masses

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Easter Sunday morning Masses

Post by High Peak » Wed Apr 05, 2017 5:28 pm

For those of you that do the Easter Vigil "properly" - ie not starting until at least one hour after sunset - do you still have a full complement of Easter Sunday morning Masses? Or do you cut the number down (logically, omitting the earliest Sunday morning Mass) following the late finish the previous night?

Christmas this (liturgical) year was on a Sunday and we cut the number of (Sunday) Masses on Christmas morning, but we are not doing the same for Easter, despite the fact that we won't finish until 11pm+ - which I find illogical.

One thing I like about my many Easters at Ampleforth is that the Easter Vigil Mass (which typically starts at 10pm and finishes between 1 & 1.30am) always finishes with Lauds - thus allowing the monks a bit of a lie-in after what was, for them, a very late night.

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Re: Easter Sunday morning Masses

Post by IncenseTom » Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:31 pm

We normally just have a 6:30pm Vigil Mass and an 11am Mass on a Sunday.

For Easter our Vigil is at 8pm and we are having TWO Sunday Masses - 9:30am and 11am. For some reason we have loads of people come on Easter Sunday.

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Re: Easter Sunday morning Masses

Post by VML » Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:48 pm

For some reason we have loads of people come on Easter Sunday.

We have the Vigil at 8.00. My husband is fed up with me commenting on how light it is already...
Easter Sunday is always packed. There is no music at 8.30, so just 10.30 to do. Sharing music with alt leader, so no organ on Sunday... :(
But there will be a very upbeat American song after Communion: 'For the Cross,' by Brian and Jenn Johnson, for which there is no sheet music, and no practice.... Leader will lead....

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Re: Easter Sunday morning Masses

Post by alan29 » Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:45 am

We have the normal quota, but with the Saturday 6.00pm moved to 8.00pm for tge Easter Vigil. Then two on Sunday, the normal 9.00 quiet Mass and the usual family mass at 11.00 with cream eggs for the kids. Will be packed.

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Re: Easter Sunday morning Masses

Post by organist » Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:47 pm

The real point here is Why don't people come to the Vigil? It is part of the Triduum and should be the highpoint of the whole year. Some say it is too long. Sadly people's attention spans are now so short. Another point worth making is that the people can follow the liturgy in the Mass books and if something goes wrong everybody spots it! So preparation is needed. You do need an MC for a liturgy like the Vigil. :D

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Re: Easter Sunday morning Masses

Post by High Peak » Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:04 am

I wonder to what extend the Vigil is "sold" as the highpoint of the whole year - to what extent we "big-it-up". I don't think that it is too controversial to state that we don't have the most theologically or liturgically literate laity, and they need help to get a sense of and understanding of its significance. Personally, I simply don't see this happening.

Then it falls to us to take the sheer drama and theatre of the liturgy and do something that does it justice. This is partly why I was so insistent that our Vigil started no earlier than 9pm - when it was almost totally dark. Then I bought a fire pit that was large enough to accommodate a fire so that the flames actually did dispel the darkness of the night - anyone who has been camping knows how captivating such a fire can be. This helped create a very powerful atmosphere that was maintained as we entered the totally darkened church. We sang everything we could, we took everything at a "dignified" pace (there is a terrible tendency here to rush from one thing to the next) and we didn't finish the final verse of Thine be the glory until well after 11pm - an absolute marathon for our parish!

And yet, a common refrain was that it didn't feel like 2+ hours!

Sell it. Explain it. Execute it.

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Re: Easter Sunday morning Masses

Post by PhloridaPhil » Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:50 am

Our Vigil started at 8.30pm and finished at 11.40pm with 25 people received. Then one of the deacons approached me to ask me to play for a wedding . This was immediatey after the Vigil, the bride being one of those received!

I was back at 5.30am for the 6am 'Sunrise ' Mass and the usual Sunday sequence of 7.30, 9.30, 11am and 12.45 and 7pm Masses.
Parishioners brought me food and gratitude during the morning to keep me going! Cantors supported each Mass and some keen memebers of the choir returned for the 11am but we didn't sing anything that was not congregational.

At the end of the Masses I played some Clerambault but after the 12.45 I was so keen to get the people out of church I played Langlais' Incantation pour un jour saint'. At the end of the final Mass I played Handel's Halellujah and invited the congregation to join in. It was so successful and joyous that I must do that again.

Happy Easter, everyone!

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Re: Easter Sunday morning Masses

Post by JW » Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:23 pm

Played Handel's Hallelujah at the end of the Vigil. It may well become a tradition. People were joining in spontaneously and there was a round of applause at the end!

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