Catholic, Anglican dioceses in Melbourne mark 175 years

Dr Philip Matthias has arranged the Mass setting for Catholic and Anglican liturgies (Melbourne Catholic)

Melbourne’s Catholic and Anglican dioceses will celebrate the 175th anniversary of their founding with a new Mass setting to be launched at St Patrick’s Cathedral and St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral on Sunday. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

June 25, 1847, was a busy day in the newly founded City of Melbourne with not one but two dioceses officially established—the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne and the Catholic Diocese of Melbourne.

To mark the 175th anniversary, a specially-commissioned Mass setting has been written for both Anglican and Catholic liturgies, and brings together families, individuals, histories and stories to create a collaborative musical setting.

The setting, One Family in Christ, is arranged by St Patrick’s Cathedral director of music Philip Matthias. It embraces Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Irish, Croatian, Tongan, Vietnamese and Filipino communities and their music.

This new Mass setting has been the fruit of collaboration since the start.

“It all started when the two cathedral deans - Very Rev. Werner Utri and Very Rev. Dr Andreas Loewe - got together and were thinking about celebrations for both cathedrals (St Patrick’s and St Paul’s) because both dioceses are 175 years old this year, and this cathedral is 125 years old,’ Dr Matthias said.

“So they thought, how can we get together and celebrate this?”

The final product acknowledges First Nations, settler and multicultural histories and communities of Australia, with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Kyrie composed by John Wayne Parsons; a traditional Irish Gloria; a traditional Tongan Gospel Acclamation; a Torres Strait Islander Sanctus composed by Toby Whaleboat; a Filipino Agnus Dei composed by Therese Medina; a Croatian psalm setting; a Lamb of God composed by Robert Pida and a hymn and intercessions sung in traditional Vietnamese.

The 175th anniversary of Melbourne Diocese will be celebrated at the 11am Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral, East Melbourne, on Sunday June 26. Following Mass, there will be festivities around the cathedral grounds for the anniversary and for the 10th World Meeting of Families.

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