It was a challenge trying to put on the Easter Vigil Mass that normally takes about 100 ministers with out only seven people. On top of that was the extra workload of trying to record and live-stream the event! The Roman Rite isn't really written for pandemics, stay at home orders, or a dearth of people. And the priests could only take on a limited number of extra tasks during the liturgy. That left the remaining FIVE to take up the slack. Of that number, one was an organist and one was cantor and THEY were in the CHOIR LOFT. So, in actuality, that left Ian (our seminarian intern), Karen (our sacristan) and Wayne (half our technical team) to do EVERYTHING ELSE!
There were all kinds of behind-the-scenes goings on that, for the most part, I think people missed. For example, during our rehearsal I realized there wouldn't be a bevy of servers around to pick up the purple material as I stripped it from the Cross on Good Friday. So I dropped the material on the ground and the cameral followed me to the left of the sanctuary as I put the Cross in the stand and Karen would run out and pick it all up.
Also, I think we were able to hide most of our mistakes. I had at least two major gaffs at the Easter Vigil that so far nobody has brought to my attention and so, for now, they will remain a mystery to all but me (and I am fine with you letting me live in my fantasy.)
One of Ian's jobs was to make all of the responses. When we came to the Renewal of Baptismal Promises, his job was to come to the ambo and say, "I do!" when I asked, "Do you reject Satan?" "And all his works?" "Do you believe in God the Father," so forth and so on. And I really wanted the people at home to get into this so I talked it up.
The hallways were crowded with all of the furniture and other things that we weren't using since there were only two of us in the sanctuary and much of the Easter Vigil was cut due to lack of people present. But Ian was faster than a flying thurible, leaping over prie-dieus, dodging wires, cameras and extra chairs . . .
And that is the excitement and drama of live-streamed liturgy.