Vespers at Sydney's St Mary's Cathedral

Seminarians from the Good Shepherd seminary are to lead the congregation in the celebration of Vespers in St Mary's Cathedral.

The Catholic Weekly reports that Vespers (Evening Prayer) is part of the Divine Office recited daily by priests and sung in communities of priests and religious.

Bishop Julian Porteous is encouraging people to attend the prayer, to be conducted every third Sunday of the month during the seminary year. The students will chant in choir during the solemn celebration led by Cardinal George Pell, who will then celebrate the 6:00 pm Mass.

"A bishop, deacon, priests and lay people will also participate in the half-hour of Vespers which will take place from 5.30-6:00 pm," Bishop Porteous said.

"The whole thing is fully sung and we have a little book of musical annotations available so people can follow the music."

Vespers are held every week at the seminary, but Bishop Porteous said having the liturgy at the cathedral was "a chance for people to witness the Vespers and also see our new seminarians".

The prayer will next take place at St Mary's Cathedral on Sunday 19 March.

Meanwhile The Gregorian Schola chants Vespers in the Cathedral at 5.30 pm on the First Sunday of each month, from March to December, and has done so since the Schola's founded in 1989.

Director Sr Marie Therese Levey RSJ told CathNews that the congregation is always encouraged to join in. The next chanting will be on Sunday 5 March.

Seminarians the 'voice' of cathedral Vespers (Catholic Weekly 26/2/06)

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St Mary's Cathedral
Seminary of the Good Shepherd
The Gregorian Schola (RSCM NSW)
The structure of the Liturgy (Universalis)

24 Feb 2006