Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Solemn Mass at Miami's Gesu

Festal liturgical photos tend to beget more festal liturgical photos and as often as not this is a great blessing, which is certainly the case here. One of our readers send in news and photos of a Solemn Mass offered at the Gesu Catholic Church in Miami, FL on the Solemnity of the Assumption, a church which, to my knowledge, has never been featured here before:

The Gesu Church is a Jesuit parish and also the oldest parish in the City of Miami. This was the first time in over a decade that the high altar was used again for Mass. The Mass was served by the members of the Latin Mass community in Miami, assisted by the Rev. Dr. Edward Schaefer as deacon, Rev. Fr. Joseph Fishwick as subdeacon, and Rev. Fr. Christian A. Saenz, SJ celebrating. The Schola was formed from volunteers from around Archdiocese of Miami and the State of Florida under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Donelson, who teaches at Nova Southeastern University. The organist Matthew Steynor (Trinity Cathedral) included the follwing pieces:

Prelude: Magnificat septimi toni - Hieronymus Praetorius (1560 - 1629)
Postlude: Toccata, Fugue et Hymne sur "Ave Maris Stella" Op. 28 - Flor Peeters (1903 - 1986)

The Mass was was also simulcast with Spanish translation on the Archiodiocese radio station.

We are told that another solemn Mass is being scheduled at Miami's Cathedral of St. Mary for the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.