Update Jan. 4, 2010: Christmas picMore pics here
The Altar at Ssma. Trinita dei Pellegrini, dressed for Midnight Mass. To give an idea of the scale, the tall candles in the back from the bottom of the silver candle stick to the top, is about 12 or 13 feet, we figured. The candle sticks are about five feet high and weigh, what, I think about 40 pounds or so. It took about 20 hours of futzing about all together to get the altar dressed. People think these things just happen.
I thought I would throw up some audio files I got last night at Midnight Mass at Ssma. Trinita.
The technology is a bit rough since I was just using my little hand-held digital voice recorder, and of course, we have all the coughing and shuffling that goes with recording in a big stone room filled with 300 people. But maybe this will give you the feel of really being there.
Also, I didn't record the whole thing but turned it on when something good was starting, so many of the clips start a moment or two after the music started.
Regina Caeli, some more Bach and the hymns accompanying the veneration of the Bambino
Later I will put some pictures up with it.