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National ANZAC Day Mass

Retiring of the Colours at the National ANZAC Day mass with Monsignor Peter O'Keefe

Photographs of the National ANZAC Day Mass at St Christopher's Cathedral in Canberra 25 April, 2015.


Over the weekend, parishes across Australia sung Mass For the Fallen to commemorate the ANZAC Centenary.

The National ANZAC Day Mass at St Christopher's Cathedral in Canberra was held on Saturday 25th April 2015 at 8am, and was the national premiere. Other masses are occurring in local parishes over the weekend. This photo gallery shows images from that event.

Commissioned by Allan and Maria Myers for use in celebrations of the Eucharist on ANZAC Day, particularly the Centenary in 2015, Mass for the Fallen was composed by Fr Christopher Willcock SJ.

The Mass comprises a setting of the Kyrie eleison, the Acclamations during the Eucharistic Prayer, and the Agnus Dei. It is written for cantor, optional SATB Choir, keyboard (organ or piano) and congregation. In addition, there is a setting for coprano solo, choir and piano of the well-known verse from Laurence Binyon's poem 'For the Fallen', entitled 'We will remember them'.

Fr Christopher said, 'My brief was to compose a setting that could be sung and played by parishes and communities of average ability, and that could be learnt after a couple of hearings or rehearsals'.

Some parishes have taken the approach of simply playing a recording of We will remember them as part of their liturgy. This recording forms part of a project by the Ian Potter Cultural Trust called 'Gallipoli - a tribute'. It was performed by Merlyn Quaife, soprano and Choir of Newman College, the University of Melbourne.

25 April, 2015

Photos by Irene Sutherland

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