After a rather solemn Lent, with (obviously) no Gloria, we reached Holy Week. I was a bit worried about what we would be allowed to do, and also whether we’d be expected to do too much – we’ve had no choir or capability to practice. However all was good – Fr. Mark asked for latin Gloria for Maundy Thursday, so we used the Gloria VIII (de angelis). For the Vigil he wanted something lively and joyful. We debated Anderson (clappy), but it’s not aligned with the new translation, decided against the Christmas Gloria and settled on Storrington (Haugen), which we also used on Easter Sunday.
With no palm procession or washing of feet on Maundy Thursday, and no veneration of the Cross on Good Friday I didn’t have too much to do (but a lot more than last Easter when we were in lockdown!). Psalms would have been nice, but with no practice and limited readers due to Covid these were read/spoken. The Exsultet chant for the vigil however must be sung, so I sang the Walker version. I decided to record it as I sang, purely to see how good or bad it was after only running throught it 3 times at home. You can listen to it here: