Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Just a reminder
First Vespers for the Solemnity of St Peter and Paul have be said, and therefore today is 60th Anniversary of the ordination to the priesthood of Pope Benedict XVI.
The wonderful, "Tu es Petrus" by James MacMillan, for me was one of the highpoints of last years visit. There is something about those crashing chords and the weight of the brass that says something very poignant about the Petrine Office resting on the shoulders of this gentle old man. There is a sense of burden and yet there is something which soars upwards. Somehow this music conveys both the weight of the Church built on the rock and also it shining grace filled majesty. It is triumphalistic, it is a fanfare and yet there is also, something profoundly prayerful about it. It is both modern and yet there is rootedness in an earlier tradition.
It would be fun to write an essay on the theology of James MacMillan's music.
Posted by Fr Ray Blake