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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Pontifical Mass at the Mission Basilica San Diego
by Kathleen Pluth
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, celebrated a beautifully sung Pontifical Mass in honor of the 25th anniversary of the FSSP, on November 15, 2013.
The first of the California missions was the host church. Its marvelous character is evident not only in the texture of the adobe walls and in the sacred art, but in the fantastic acoustics from the loft and in the very wearing of the brickwork floor. Visitors experience the peace and quiet of the large grounds planted with large old trees, in this evergreen temperate region.
Not far from the church's front door, a large wooden cross marks the place of martyrdom of Fray Luis Jayme, who died imploring his executioners to "love God!"
A schola of priests sang the proper chants of the Mass. The polyphonic choir, directed by Mary Ann Carr-Wilson and accompanied by Spencer Velky, is the choir of St. Anne's Church, the FSSP parish in San Diego.