On November 11, the light shone brightly both inside and outside of the Chapel of Collège Lycée Notre Dame d'Orveau in France, as the new pipe organ in the school’s chapel was inaugurated and blessed by the Most Rev. Emmanuel Delmas, Bishop of Angers.
The organ, four years in the making, was designed by Fr. Paul Valentin, C.S.C., newly appointed Superior of the Vicariate of France. The new pipe organ has 336 stops, some of which are digital, and 952 pipes that are distributed on six platforms.
In his homily during the Mass, Bishop Delmas spoke about the rarity of such an occasion, as it was only his second blessing of a church organ during his episcopacy. The bishop also elaborated on the significance of organ music in both liturgy and worship.
Fr. Valentin said that the inauguration was personally “gratifying” for him “to see the whole project finally completed and to hear the magnificent music emanating from the pipes and echoing throughout the chapel” at the inauguration. It is his wish that the organ will enhance the students’ worship in the future so that they will continue “to give glory and praise to God” throughout their lives.