Let me bring to your attention once more the events the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny is sponsoring next week. We are honored to have with us once again after 3 ½ years the distinguished German novelist Martin Mosebach. He has taken a prominent and courageous position in defense of the Traditional liturgy, and of Pope Benedict XVI as well, in the face of last year’s media onslaught. The schedule of his visit is as follows:
Solemn Mass: Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
Lecture: “The Old Roman Missal: Loss and Rediscovery”
Date: Sunday, January 30
Time: Mass at 5:00 PM; Lecture at 7:00 PM
Location: The Church of Our Saviour, New York, NY (59 Park Avenue)
Solemn Mass and Procession: Candlemas (The Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Reading: “‘Tear the Images out of Their Hearts‘: Liturgy and the Campaign against Images”
Date: Wednesday, February 2
Time: Mass at 6:00 PM; Reading at 8:00 PM
Location: St. Mary Church, Norwalk, CT (669 West Avenue)
Musically, each Mass will also be extraordinary. The Schola Cantorum of St. Mary Church, under the direction of David J. Hughes, choirmaster and organist, will provide music for both of the Masses. On Sunday, January 30, the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, the choir will sing the Missa Ave Maris Stella by sixteenth-century Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria. For the ancient Feast of Candlemas on Wednesday, February 2, they will premiere Hughes’ Missa de Beata Maria. Each Mass will also include polyphonic motets by masters of the English, Italian, and Franco-Flemish Renaissance styles (Byrd, Palestrina, and Josquin), as well as the timeless melodies of Gregorian chant.
We welcome each of you, and your family and friends, to these splendid events!