WEEKLY HYMN PREVIEWS
When the cathedral building was closed to public worship due to the pandemic, Canon Kleinschmidt was searching for new ways to allow congregants at home to feel more connected to the livestreamed cathedral liturgies. And so, beginning just a few weeks after lockdown, he began a weekly video, offered live each Thursday on Facebook, in which he would provide a brief introduction to the hymns that would be sung at the following Sunday's morning liturgy. These informal chats quickly became very popular! He is assisted by Associate Organist John Stuntebeck and Communications Director Gregory Bloch.
UPDATE 4/9/2021: Hymn Previews have now been offered almost every week for an entire year, and the reaction to the videos on the part of community members near and far has been extremely positive! The full year's worth of videos can all be viewed here. Now, however, since many of the hymns will repeat what was discussed last year, it is time to temporarily pause the weekly offering, before starting up again with a new, refreshed format. Canon Kleinschmidt says:
"I wish to thank Greg Bloch, Communications Director, for singing and filming the weekly hymn previews which have been offered on Facebook Live for a full year. Thanks also to John Stuntebeck, Associate Organist, for hosting the previews every other week. We are grateful to our faithful viewers. Hymn Previews will return in a freshened form and format at a date to be announced."