Friday, December 25, 2009

Midnight in Rome

Update Jan. 4, 2010: Christmas pic

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.
More pics here

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.

Merry Christmas.


Tom Ryan said...


John Vicente said...

This sounds very nice. Better than that crap I've been hearing from the Vatican the last couple of days.

Agellius said...

Isn't the "Bach" actually Corelli -- the Christmas Concerto?

Anyway, it's great to have you back!

Vox Cantoris said...

Yes, Hilary, it is Archangelo Corelli's Christmas Concerto...not Bach.

Beautiful, I look forward to seeing the pictures.

Agellius said...

Marvellous pictures! How blessed you are to get to attend such a church!