Chesterton said, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”

REPORT - MAUNDY THURSDAY AND GOOD FRIDAY

Thanks to a member of the choir, we have some good photographs of the Sacred Liturgies of these two days in the Conventual Church.
Monsignor Wadsworth delivering the Homily
The Offertory
Holy Communion on Maundy Thursday
The music at Maundy Thursday was Missa Sexti Toni by Croce, with chant Kyrie IV and a more elaborate Victoria Gloria, motets by Bruckner, Duruflé and Tallis, and a setting of one of the Mandatum antiphons by the 17th century composer Nunes Garcia.

In the morning some members of the Grand Priory were greatly privileged to watch the Queen arriving at Westminster Abbey for the Royal Maundy service; this picture was taken by one of them.  Her Majesty has fulfilled this duty at the Abbey every ten years since the start of her reign.  In intervening years the Royal Maundy is distributed at cathedrals around the realm.

On Good Friday the Improperia sung during the veneration of the Cross was sung to the ancient chant.
Agios o Theos!

Sanctus Deus.
Agios Ischyros!
Sanctus Fortis.
Agios Athanatos, eleison imas.
Sanctus Immortalis, miserere nobis.
During the Lesson
The Passion
Ecce Lignum Crucis