Festival of Christ the King
Date Posted: Monday 18 November 2013
On Sunday 24 November we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, a festival instituted in 1925 and now taking the place of the last Sunday of the Christian year.
At 1030 High Mass the choir sings Messa concertata by the early Baroque Italian composer Francesco Cavalli, who was Maestro di Cappella at St Mark’s, Venice in the late 17th century. The anthem is more modern: a setting of psalm 47, O clap your hands, by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
In the evening at 1830, Solemn Evensong and Benediction are sung to the setting in B flat by John Stainer and the anthem is Above all praise and majesty by Felix Mendelssohn. The service begins with the Blessing of the Light and is celebrated by candle light.