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The Forth in Praise Organists' Blog

The personal views of a Catholic parish organist

August 15, 2018

Quite a surprise!

evelyn @ 8:13 pm

Not many people at Mass this morning for the Feast of the Assumption. The main body of believers had probably attended last night’s Vigil. I was a bit disappointed, as I had planned to give the organ its head with the popular hymns to Our Lady.

But when I started off with some very moderate diapasons, the enthusiastic response from below gave me such a jolt that I quickly built things up, and stayed that way. Are there more people there than I can see? I wondered. I took a quick look over the rail during the Creed, but no, there wasn’t a huge crowd hiding just below the gallery.

It was just the old Marian magic at work again. These hymns, which surely must put to rest the ‘Catholics can’t sing’ argument, are totally Catholic in origin. Except for ‘Tell out my soul’, which appears to be a Protestant paraphrase of the Magnificat acquired by us as part of the changes after Vatican II. Nevertheless, they belted out that one as well. Terrific tune, Woodlands.

We finished up with ‘Hail, Queen of Heaven’ and all stops out.

However, I still miss the wicked men. I felt other people did, too.

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