CGMS takes part in Augustine Week – May 2012

Prioress Mother Nikola with the combined choir

CGMS joined singers from parish choirs in Ramsgate, Canterbury and Faversham for a major event in Augustine week 2012. An open air Mass was celebrated in the ruins of St. Augustine’s Abbey in Canterbury on 25th May in glorious sunshine. Prioress Mother Nikola from Minster Abbey directed a choir of about thirty people who sang the Gregorian Chant ‘Ordinarium Missae’, together with a few special chants, to celebrate St. Augustine. The Augustine Week was held to mark the inauguration of the new national shrine of St. Augustine in Ramsgate, at the former Benedictine Abbey church built by Pugin. The whole choir gave a good account of itself, leading the congregation and supporting the ceremonies through all the key points of Mass. St. Augustine arrived from Rome with Gregorian Chant in 597. It was a special moment to sing this music in the very same place where Augustine also sang it.

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