Cathedral of the Epiphany Choir sings for Consistory of Cardinal

Sing out

If you have ever experienced crowds at Disneyland, the World Series or the Super Bowl, you have a sense of what it was like getting ready to sing at the Vatican. We arrived just before 8 a.m. and queued-up by the entrance to the church. We watched as all types of people marched in, but the singers were left in line, which stretched back about a block. Of course, it started to rain. Luckily, most folks had an umbrella or plastic poncho. After almost an hour and a half, security allowed the singers through. We held our cell phones in our hands as they whisked a wand over us, then checked our bags or purses. Once in, we took our seats right behind the altar. The Sistine Chapel Choir was to our left and they sang some music g irst. Then, it was the turn of the 300-plus voices to perform Pilgrims’ Hymn. To my somewhat untrained ear, we blended well and had some great dynamics. The service went on as the cardinals received their red hats. The ceremony ended a bit after noon. Crowd control remained a challenge, but we made our way out and breathed a sigh of relief. I am certain Pope Francis and probably Pope Benedict had hoped to come over to meet us, but other duties precluded that. — Joanne Fox

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