Friday, June 23, 2017

National Day Continues With Te Deum Mass

Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
The Grand Duchy's National Day celebrations continued with the Te Deum mass at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Luxembourg this afternoon. For everything that happened previously today, have a look here. The Te Deum used to be the focal point of the National Day festivities but was replaced by a secular ceremony three years ago, it's still held but in slightly smaller fashion in the afternoon. Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa as well as Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie were all present for the occasion.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
As it has been for a while now, the Te Deum was an interreligious one, concelebrated by the archbishop of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Hollerich; the chief rabbi of Luxembourg, Alain Nacache; and the imam of the Muslim community, Muhamed Rizvic. Like every year, the climax of the thanksgiving service was the "Domine salvum fac magnum ducem nostrum" - "Oh Lord, save our great leader" or something along those lines if my Latin serves me right - played in a different arrangement every year. Other musical pieces traditionally featured were the national anthem, Ons Heemecht, the grand ducal anthem, De Wilhelmus; as well as the Sonnerie nationale, which gets me every year.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore the same Yves Dooms dress and coat combination as this morning with a new hat, Hereditary Grand Duchess looked pretty in pink in a cape-style dress (whose designer we are trying to identify) and a pink fascinator. The Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duke looked dapper as always in their morning suits with the lapel pins of the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau.

Today's National Day will be rounded off by a gala reception at the palais with gowns, tiaras and dashing gentlemen. Keep your fingers crossed for some sparkling surprises!

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