Initial exit reports from the first Missa Cantata
at the University of Notre Dame in around forty years indicate that it was quite a success. Our Domer-on-the-Spot reports:
We had a standing-room only crowd of at least 93 people who braved the rain (I think that was just communicants), Fr. [Tom] Blantz sang and offered the Mass very well, and the N[otre] D[ame] Gregorian Schola sang excellently. [This is a relatively new entity, an 8-man schola connected with the University's Jacques Maritain Center.] All in all, it seems Our Lady was smiling on her school this weekend--crush Michigan on Saturday, a Missa Cantata on Sunday, what more could one want?
While I'm not sure how many people the beautiful Alumni Hall Chapel can hold, 93 people must have been a rather tight fit at the very least, which is extremely heartening. That this level of enthusiasm and curiosity still exists even after one year since Summorum Pontificium
is particularly exciting. The event has not been ignored in the broader university context--even a professional photographer was engaged by an alumnus to cover the event. More information on this event will be published here as it becomes available.