St Mary Church in Greenwich, Ct, will offer a votive Mass in Honor of Our Lady, a “Rorate Mass” according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman
Rite on Saturday, December 19th at 6:30 in the morning.
There are many different customs linked to the celebration of Advent. One of these is
the “Rorate Mass” a special Mass celebrated in honor of Our Lady on Saturdays in
Advent. The title comes from the Introit (Entrance) of the Mass which translated means,
” Drop down ye heavens from above” reminding us that the Lord came down from heaven
and was born of the Virgin. What makes this Mass so unusual is that it is celebrated in
the early morning by candlelight. The celebration should be timed so that the sun
begins to rise by the time of the consecration of the bread and wine to remind us of the
constant coming of Christ into this world each time Holy Mass is celebrated.
Image of Our Lady in the Church of Our Saviour, Manhattan
Friday night, November 20th, there will be a Sung Requiem Mass at 7:00 pm, at Saint Stanislaus Church, State and Eld Streets New Haven.
Nicholas Renouf will direct the Saint Gregory Schola in chant for a Requiem Mass found in the Graduale Romanum.
This Mass is sponsored by the Saint Gregory Purgatorial Society.
Last night the annual requiem mass sponsored by the Catholic Artists Society, the New York Purgatorial Society, the Society of St Hugh of Cluny and the Roman Forum was celebrated in the impressive surroundings of the Dominican Church of St Catherine of Siena. This year the solemn requiem mass was celebrated in the Dominican rite. Alas, St Catherine’s – architecturally one of the most extraordinary churches on the island of Manhattan – is from this year onward no longer an independent parish.
This Requiem mass, celebrated in the middle of November – a more sombre time of the year conducive to reflection and recollection – was an extraordinary spiritual and musical experience. The solemn ceremony perfectly expressed our awareness of our own mortality while interceding for the souls of those departed before us.
The Durufle requiem of 1947, performed so wonderfully last night, is one of the most marvelous settings of the requiem mass. Its character is uniquely elegiac, coming as it did just after the last World War and the “suicide of the West.” This mass is one last great summary of the entire history of Western music: based on chant but reflecting influences of Faure and Wagner. But, even in 1947, who could have imagined that within 25 years one of the greatest artifacts – viewed purely aesthetically – of that Western culture, this very requiem mass and its music, would be repudiated by the Church. Or so it seemed – but as the congregation was able to experience last night, in the wake of Summorum Pontificum, the Traditional Requiem is very much still with us.
It was heartening to see such a large congregation fill the vast space of this church.
The Dominican Rite: Procession with the chalice to the celebrant employing the humeral veil – before the Gospel.
(Above) Mr James Wetzel, Choirmaster
(Above) The Schola Dominicana of St. Catherine
(Above) Mr Michael Hey, organist.
The Very Reverend Walter C. Wagner, OP, Pastor of the Parish of St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Catherine of Siena
The Reverend Innocent Smith OP, Celebrant and Homilist
The Reverend Sean Connolly, Deacon
The Reverend Sebastian White, OP, Subdeacon
Mr. Steven Pack, Head of altar Servers
The Schola Dominicana of St. Catherine
Miss Elisa Sutherland and Mr. Dominic Inferrera, soloists
Mr. Michael Hey, Organist
Mr. James D. Wetzel, Choirmaster
Mr. Donald Cherry, Vestments and poster.
St. Mary Church in Greenwich CT will offer a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form on Wednesday, November 18th at 7:30 PM to celebrate the Dedication of the Basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul. A light reception will follow.
This window of Sts. Peter and Paul is in Blessed Sacrament Church in Manhattan.
The St. Cecilia Society of St. Mary Church, Norwalk, Ct, will present its annual benefit concert in honor of St. Cecilia on Sunday, November 15 at 4 pm at St. Mary Church, Norwalk. The concert features the St. Mary’s Schola Cantorum under the direction of David J. Hughes.
The title of the concert is “Gaudeamus! Music for All Saints and for all of us.” General admission is $25, for students and seniors it is $15. All proceeds go to support the St. Mary’s Schola, which performs at the 9:30 solemn traditional Mass every Sunday. A festive wine and cheese reception will follow the concert.
The theme for the concert is Gaudeamus!, after the introit for All Saints’ Day. The Schola will sing several polyphonic works based on this plainchant (including Morales’ Jubilate Deo and selections from Josquin’s Missa Gaudeamus and Victoria’s Mass of the same name). The concert will also feature solos and duets sung by the members of the Schola (from Verdi to Monteverdi!), accompanied by Charles Weaver on lute and David Hughes on organ.
A beginning level biblical Greek class will now be offered at St. Mary’s Church, Norwalk. The first class will be this Friday, November 6 at 6:30 pm in the St. Therese Room of the school building. Read the New Testament Gospels, Acts of the Apostles and Epistles in the original language. The instruction is being offered at no cost. For further information, please contact Charles Edstrom at 203-838-9114.
The following churches will be offering Traditional Requiem Masses on Monday, November 2, the Feast of All Souls Day.
St. Mary Church, Norwalk, CT, Solemn Mass, 6:00 pm
St. Stanislaus Church, New Haven, Low Mass, 5:30 pm
Church of the Holy Innocents, Manhattan, Solemn Mass, 6 pm, Missa pro Defunctis by Victoria
Immaculate Conception Church, Sleepy Hollow, NY, Missa Cantata, 7 pm
St. Paul the Apostle Church, Brookville, NY, 7 pm
St. Matthew’s Church, Dix Hills NY- 9:30am Low Mass for All Souls in the Chapel
Requiem Masses on other dates:
St. Mary Church, Greenwich, CT, November 3, Sung Requiem Mass, 7:30 pm.
St. Catherine of Siena, Manhattan, Solemn Requiem Mass in the Dominican Rite, Monday, Nov. 16, 6:30 pm, Durufle Requiem, information.
St. John the Baptist, Manhattan, all night vigil of eucharistic adoration for the souls in purgatory on Thursday, Nov. 19 to Friday Nov. 20, beginning at 9 pm, schedule.
St. Stanislaus Church, New Haven, a Sung Mass for the intentions of the Purgatorial Society St Stanislaus, November 20, 7:00pm.
The stained glass window appears in the Cathedral Basilica of St. James, Brooklyn
There will be an all night vigil of eucharistic adoration for the souls in purgatory on Thursday, Nov. 19 to Friday Nov. 20 at the Church of St. John the Baptist, 210 W. 31st St., New York. This event is sponsored by the Third Friday Reparation Devotional Prayer Group
9 P.M. 1st Annual Traditional Latin Requiem Mass with absolution at the catafalque 10 P.M. First Break
11 P.M. Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament ; Prayers for the Holy Souls in Purgatory
Third Friday Reparation Prayers to the Most Precious Blood
3 A.M. Divine Mercy Chaplet of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus 3:15 A.M. Second Break
3:45 A.M. Eucharistic Procession and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament
4:15 A.M. Closing Sung Traditional Latin Sung Requiem Mass with absolution at the catafalque
5:30 A.M. Blessing of Religious Articles; Recitation of the Angelus at 12 Midnight and 6 A.M.