Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The EF in Miami

This August 15th will mark a return of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass and Gregorian chant to the heart of the Church in Miami.

A solemn high Mass for the feast of the Assumption will be celebrated by Fr. Christian Saenz (SJ) in the oldest, and possibly most beautiful, church in Miami -- Gesu church in downtown. The Mass marks a significant re-entry of Catholic sacred music and tradition to the Archdiocese, and will certainly be a beautiful occasion.

For many Catholics in Miami, the Mass will be their first experience with Gregorian chant in the Archdiocese, though a great number of immigrants grew up with and were perhaps even trained in the chant tradition in schools run by religious.

In fact, a great number of Latino Catholics in Miami are familiar with much of the repertoire promulgated by Paul VI in Jubilate Deo, perhaps making the Hispanic population in Miami unique in the U.S.

The Mass will be chanted by the Schola Cantorum of the Mission of Sts. Francis and Clare (where the sung TLM is celebrated weekly: www.latinmassmiami.org) under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Donelson, and the organ repertoire will include works by Peeters and Langlais played by Mr. Matthew Steynor, organist and choirmaster of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Rev. Dr. Edward Schaefer will serve as deacon, and Fr. Joseph Fishwick as subdeacon.

8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Celebrant: Fr. Christian Saenz, S.J.
Gesu church, downtown Miami
118 NE 2nd Street

All are cordially welcome to attend.

You can RSVP on Facebook here.