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At Westminster Cathedral, the Mass of Easter Sunday is celebrated with solemn and incomparable ceremony, as is fitting on this most sacred feast. Into a packed Cathedral process the clergy and choir, preceded by candles and incense as the Easter Introit Resurrexi, et adhuc tecum sunt is chanted Westminster Cathedral Choir is acknowledged to be one of the finest choirs of its type in the world today.
The establishment of a fine choral foundation was part of the original vision of the founder of Westminster Cathedral, Cardinal Herbert Vaughan, the then Archbishop of Westminster. Daily sung Masses and Offices were immediately begun when the cathedral opened in 1903, and have continued without interruption ever since.
Although the choir is well known for a wide range of fine recordings, this is the first one of a liturgical Office to have been issued.
|1||02:20||Organ: Improvisation on the Introit played by Martin Baker|
|2||01:23||Introit: Resurrexi, et adhuc tecum sum|
|3||02:27||Introduction and blessing of holy water|
|4||08:12||Gloria (from Mass in D)|
|5||02:36||Collect and First Reading, read by Neville Kyrke-Smith|
|6||02:45||Gradual: Hæc dies|
|7||00:47||Secon Reading, read by Neville Kyrke-Smith|
|8||02:30||Alleluia: Pascha nostrum|
|9||02:54||Sequence: Victimæ paschali laudes, Improvisations by Robert Houssart|
|12||03:18||Offertory: Ecce vicit leo|
|13||03:00||Preface of Easter I|
|15||06:21||Eucharistic Prayer I (part I)|
|16||04:04||Memorial Acclamation and Eucharistic Prayer (part 2)|
|18||04:28||Agnus Dei (from Mass in D)|
|19||01:43||Communion: Pascha nostrum|
|20||02:46||Concluding rite and blessing|
|21||05:42||Te Deum – Improvisations by Martin Baker|
|22||10:10||Organ: Choral-Improvisation sur le Victimæ paschali|