Sunday, July 24th, 2011 was a very special day in the life of the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of New Westminster. Following the dismissal from the main 10:30am Festal Eucharist which featured the Haydn Missa Brevis in F, for two sopranos, chorus, organ and strings, the Christ Church Cathedral congregation gave a standing ovation in recognition of Rupert Lang’s 25 years of outstanding music ministry in that community.
Dean Peter Elliott and longtime Cathedral parishioner and chorister, Lynda Catchpole presented Rupert with two large bouquets of summer flowers while the choir sang an original text written by the Very Reverend Peter Elliott to the well known Haydn tune from the Kaiser Quartet.
From all of us at the Diocese of New Westminster, Congratulations Rupert!
To tune "Austria"
Glorious things of thee are spoken, loved musician Rupert Lang
For a quarter century, your compositions here we sang.
Organist and choir conductor
Liturgies galore you planned.
Hymns and canticles, psalms and anthems,
Preludes and postludes with a bang!
So today we celebrate you,
Know that we love you, Rupert Lang !