I didn't get to catch the first part of the Papal Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral. I was able to catch from the end of the offertory on. I can tell you that what I heard was far better than the music at Nationals Stadium. The trumpet fanfares sounded a lot more classy. The selections were not only better, the so was the execution of said selections.
My only real pet peeve from that Mass is having the cantor at the mic at times when you have a full choir leading the congregation. It's not necessary. Back off! Let the people sing!
There was NO Massive Cremation at the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Instead there was Sanctus VIII, the Danish Christ Has Died and Amen, and the Agnus from Messe in C by Josef Rheinberger.
Communion was I Am the Bread of Life, which I normally tolerate at best (some of the message boards I frequent have given it the nickname Toolanbread). However, this rendition was well-executed. It actually sounded like a hymn. A second piece was a tenor solo that I didn't quite recognize. It seemed to be an excerpt from the Gloria in Excelsis. If anyone knows more of this piece, please feel free to comment.
The closing was Holy God, We Praise Thy Name, which sounded like a hymn, unlike the DC thrashing of Hyfrydol.
The only other thing I didn't care for was that I felt the Secret Service guard to the Pope's right seemed a bit harsh toward a few of the nuns (habited, mind you) that tried to pop out, pushing them back as if these nuns were just ordinary nutcases.
Much, much better! I hope today's Mass at Yankee Stadium sounds just as classy.