Preparations for the thfrty-fourth Eucharistic Congress in Budapest next year are steadily going forward. IA competition has been held for designs for the Eucharistic Altar, and the surroundings of the Altar, and the winning designs.will be used.
With the opening of the school year intensive preparations have started for the musical part of the Congress ceremonies. The National Hungarian Cecilia Association has been entrusted by the Central Preparatory Committee With these preparations. In arranging the order of the songs two things have been specially considered: (1) That the liturgical ceremonies should always be accompanied by music fully conforming to the dictates of the Church, and (2) that where it is possible ancient Hungarian Church music be introduced, which, without doubt, wit! be greatly appreciated by the foreign 1, isitors.
Choir of 1,000 At the Pontifical Mass celebrated by the Papal Legate choral mass will be sung by a choir of a thousand, so fulfilling the wish of the late Pope Pius X. that the holy songs of the Roman Church, Most fitting to the Liturgy, should again be sung by the people, thus making them, again participate more closely in the service, as it used to be in days of old. For the permanent parts of the Mass various Gregorian chants, mostly dating from the tenth century, have been adapted for community singing, and these will alternately be sung by the choir of Hungarian theological students and the massed choir. The theologians will sing the choral Introit, Gradual, and Communion. according to the Editio Vaticana. The massed choirs of the Budapest churches will sing the musical interludes of the Offertory and the Blessed Sacrament. For the antiphonies and for the joint singing of the Te Deum a massed choir of the Budapest and suburban middle schools will be formed.