Our Lady’s Choral Society, with the RTE Concert Orchestra and soloist, was invited to sing Handel’s Messiah before the Pope and about 5000 guests in the Paul VI Aula of the Vatican on 12 February last. The occasion was the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Vatican State in 1929. Peter Sexton SJ, who teaches in Clongowes, has been a member of the choir since 1989, following a tradition started by Fr Joe Kavanagh many years earlier. Our Lady’s Choral Society (OLCS) was founded in Dublin in 1945, after the Dublin Archdiocese brought together the best singers from all the church choirs of Dublin for a performance of Handel’s Messiah. Today there are 120 choristers.