It can truly be said that a window into heaven was opened at Christ the King, Bedford, on Sexagesima Sunday, 4 February. After several rehearsals, this was the day when our own schola sang its first Mass. Although we have had two Sung Masses at Bedford previously in the last two years or so, thanks to the Bedford Choral Society, the arrival of the priests from the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter last October has given us the continuity we needed to form our own schola. Five men and four ladies gathered in the choir loft and we sang the complete Mass under the direction of Katherine Smith. No, it wasn’t perfect, but members of the congregation were kind enough to tell us that our efforts had been uplifting. We also had a team of five altar servers led by MC Nick Ross, some of them serving for the first time, and for them, like the schola, each Sung Mass will be progressively better.
As our celebrant, Fr James Mawdsley, said “Heaven is surely pleased by our efforts to do what ‘all generations’ have done!”.
We are looking forward to our next Sung Mass at Christ the King, which will be at 8.30 am on Sunday 4 March. We will be rehearsing in church on Saturday 17 February from 2.30 pm – approximately 4.30 pm, and at the same time on Saturday 3 March. We are always looking for more singers; please contact the Schola Secretary, Barbara Kay, on firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.