If the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary is forever associated with the battle of Vienna in 1683, that of the Most Holy Rosary commemorates the battle of Lepanto, fought on October 7, 1571. How relevant to 2014! And how contradictory to the current pacifist teachings of Rome (which recently had to be adjusted – if unclearly – for ISIS).
Sunday October 5(“External Solemnity”):
St. Mary, Norwalk, CT; Solemn High Mass 9:30 AM
St. Theresa, 5301 Main Street, Trumbull, CT. Solemn High Mass 2:30 PM.
Immaculate Conception, Sleepy Hollow, NY, low Mass, 3 pm.
Tuesday, October 7th:
Church of St. Casimir, Yonkers, Missa Cantata, 7 pm. NB: St Casimir’s parish is also the site of the new Cardinal Neumann Classical school.
Today, in glorious weather, the Society of St Hugh of Cluny sponsored a Votive Mass of St Frances Xavier Cabrini at the saint’s shrine in Upper Manhattan. Fr Richard Cipolla was the celebrant; Fr Chris Salvatori was deacon. Music was provided by David Hughes (director and organist), Charles Weaver and Judith Malafronte(members of the schola of St. Mary’s, Norwalk CT). The music included the Mass for Three Voices of William Byrd.
(above) The high altar of the shrine as it appeared shortly after the shrine’s opening circa 1959. From a postcard still being sold today at the shrine! The massive communion rail with quotes from the Traditional Mass, however, remains.(Below) The high altar today, shorn of its tabernacle and many permanently affixed stone candlesticks. The clergy, master of ceremonies and other ministers adapted it with considerable ingenuity to the celebration of a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form.
Fr. Cipolla spoke in his homily of St Frances Xavier Cabrini, who represented an image of the Italian American entirely different from that of today, so often reduced to “three Godfather films, the Sopranos and bad food at a St. Gennaro festival.” She was the 11th and youngest child in her family, and at birth so frail that her imminent death was feared. Yet this was the woman who travelled all of the Americas, surmounting incredible difficulties and hostility – including sometimes from within the Church – to care for the often impoverished Italian immigrant masses. She was a saint who had to lead a life of unceasing practical work on behalf of the poor, a saint who could never be reduced to a figure of mawkish piety. But above all there is this overriding feature of her life and spirituality: despite her immense achievements in health care and education, she never lost sight of the fact that all these works are oriented to and subordinate to the spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.
For the first time in decades the Traditional Mass returned to the “upper church” of St. Mary’s parish, Greenwich. (The Traditional Mass had already been recently celebrated in the “lower church” and in 2007-2008 as well – in fact this Society assisted at the latter liturgies). A not insignificant congregation was present Friday evening for a Solemn High Mass commemorating the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary – indeed, one reason for the move upstairs was to accomodate those who had expressed interest. As is evident from the above photograph, the sanctuary of St. Mary’s – a combination of circa-1970 “Conciliar renewal” and “Connecticut Yankee” Calvinism, with the tabernacle safely hidden away from view on the side – is not the most accommodating environment for the Traditional Mass. But yesterday evening the Extraordinary Form nevertheless triumphed. Fr. Cyprian La Pastina, the pastor Of St Mary’s, was the celebrant. The priest serving as Deacon was Fr. Stephen Giulietti from the Shrine Church of St. Bernadette; Diocese of Brooklyn. It would be nice to receive information on the other clergy, ministers and musicians (and music).
From Holy Innocents Church, Manhattan:
Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 will be the Feast of Pope St. Pius X. At Holy Innocents, we will have a Sung Mass (Missa cantata) at 6pm.
As a special feature, there will be a reporter from CBS interactive to film the Mass and the sermon. This reporter would like to focus on the two vigils we have had for the persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria. It would be a good thing if as many people as possible attend Mass tomorrow to show how dedicated the community at Holy Innocents is to the traditional Mass and the support our community has shown to the persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria.
Some of the parishioners may also be interviewed, especially if they have attended the prior two vigils we have already had.
If you are able to attend Mass (which you should), please consider wearing the buttons that were made to show solidarity with the persecuted Christians. If you do not have one yet, some will be distributed (for free!) at the entrance of the church tomorrow. The reporter would like to film people wearing the buttons if at all possible.
Please, show your support for and your solidarity with the persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria, as well as with the persecuted ones in NYC.
Sung Mass for the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary
on Friday, Sept 12, 2014 at St. Mary Church in Greenwich, CT
at 7:30 in the evening.
(This feast was raised to a universal feast of the Roman rite after the defeat of the Turks by Charles of Lorraine (actually the primary Christian leader) and King John Sobieski of Poland before Vienna on September 11 1683. See a handy summary HERE (including some legendary culinary matters at the end of the post). It had been deleted by Paul VI but was restored by John Paul II. Let us reflect and pray on the occasion of this Feast on the tragic suffering endured by the Christians of Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and elsewhere today at the hands of militant Islam. Surprisingly, in view of these events, this is the only scheduled celebration of this feast in the “Extraordinary Form” that I have heard of in the greater New York area.)
St. Stanislaus Church, New Haven
Low Mass at 5:30 PM.
St. Mary’s Church, 669 West Avenue, Norwalk
5:30 Solemn High Mass and closing of the 40 Hours Devotion
St Anthony of Padua Church, 330 Sixth Street, Jersey City
Mass at 7PM
Church of St. Cecilia, 84 Herbert St (at North Henry St.), Brooklyn, NY 11222
Missa Cantata, 7 PM (preceded by procession and consecration of the altar of Our Lady)
Holy Innocents Church,128 West 37th Street, New York
Missa Cantata at 8 AM; Missa Cantata at 6 PM.
Church of the Immaculate Conception, 199 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow
Low Mass 5PM
Church of St. Aidan, 505 Willis Avenue, Williston Park, NY 11596 (Long Island).
6:15 PM in the main church.