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Any members or lurkers in the New York City area (about to get a lot of snow) should be aware of the annual mass and luncheon of the Society of King Charles the Martyr in New York this Saturday, January 31, at the Church of the Resurrection. I would go if I could. The worst of the impending weather should be over by then. It would be great to get a report, if anyone from this forum is available to go. I've been having trouble lately with the SKCM USA website, but information is also available at the church website.

http://resurrectionnyc.org/
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Unfortunately I have a family engagement that will prevent me from attending.  I would have loved to have gone to this though.
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I was there! It was quite a splendid event. I was half expecting the stereotype of monarchists as a handful grumpy old men to be confirmed, but the total attendance was at least several dozen, including many women and even some families with young children.

It was a thrilling experience to sing hymns like "O holy king, whose severed head" - hymns whose text I had long known, but I had never heard recordings of them, let alone live performances, until that day. The Hadyn Mass setting was also nice, but I wish they had provided the words in the bulletin; I got very lost when it came to the Credo. And I feel like it would have been more appropriate to use an English-language setting, given the very English subject of the celebration.

The sermon was both well-written and well-delivered, dealing not only with Charles, but also with the martyred sovereigns Louis XVI and Nicholas II. You can read it here: http://www.skcm-usa.org/FrSwain2015.html
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My copy of the DVD arrived today and I'm watching now. I love it! How fortunate you were to be there.

The American SKCM has something of a tradition of using Viennese orchestral masses, including the 2014 one in which I played, which I find rather splendid even if apparently incongruous. Remember that Queen Henrietta Maria was a Roman Catholic who never knew any liturgy but the Latin mass, and King Charles himself probably would have been familiar with the Latin text as well.


I'm actually not sure what musical settings of the Ordinary [which would not have included the Kyrie (except in the form of responses to the Ten Commandments), Benedictus or Agnus Dei, and in which the Gloria would have been last] would have been common in the Church of England in Communion Services (1559 BCP) during Charles I's reign; I'm not familiar with any from that period, though it was one of a great flowering of English church music, much of which survives today in services of Choral Evensong, e.g. Thomas Tompkins (1572-1656). In any case Anglo-Catholic concepts of liturgy after the advent of the Oxford Movement evolved in a direction rather different from what Charles I would have been used to and for which settings by Roman Catholic composers are often more suitable.

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