Anglican Cathedral Choir at Vatican Mass

Hereford Cathedral choir to make history at Vatican Mass

  • 22 April 2018 – BBC News –
 Hereford Cathedral choirImage copyrightHEREFORD CATHEDRAL
Image captionThe choir will perform on St Peter’s Day in June

The choir of Hereford Cathedral will make history when they become the first Anglican cathedral choir since the Reformation to sing at a Papal Mass.

They will perform at St Peter’s Basilica alongside the choir of the Sistine Chapel at one of the Vatican’s biggest services.

The two choirs will perform on St Peter’s Day at the end of June.

The choir has been invited as part of the Pope’s programme to encourage church diversity.

Geraint Bowen, the cathedral’s director of music, has been invited to share the direction of the joint performances with the director of the Sistine Chapel Choir, Massimo Palombella.

St Peter's BasilicaImage copyrightAFP/GETTY
Image captionThe choir will perform at St Peter’s Basilica alongside the Sistine Chapel Choir

Mr Bowen said: “This invitation is a great honour for our choir and we are all hugely looking forward to such a wonderful opportunity.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby said the invitation “demonstrates the strengthening of relations between the two Churches”.

The Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Revd Richard Frith said he was “delighted”.

He added: “The inclusion of our young singers in the performance is particularly fitting as we look to the youth of both the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches, to work together in developing future closer ties.”

Pope Francis at the Vatican November 22, 2017Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionThe invitation is part of Pope Francis’ church diversity programme
           For the first time ever an Anglican Cathedral Choir has been invited to sing at a Papal Mass in St.Peter’s Basicilia in the Vatican City.
           This is further proof of Pope Francis’ openness to contact and filial cooperation with other Christian Churches.
           I can’t help thinking that the recent tenure of our very own Archbishop David Moxon as Anglican Representative in the Anglican Centre in Rome has been one of the catalysts for the Pope’s initiatives towards the Anglican Communion Churches  – in a way that has never before been either imagined or even possible.
           I just wish it were possible for the Pope to accept an invitation to be the next Anglican Bishop of Christchurch. 
          Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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