Monday, May 27, 2013

EF Missa Cantata: Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Readers living in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts may be interested to know that a Missa cantata in the Extraordinary Form will be celebrated at historic Saint Anne's Church [website in development] in Fall River, Massachusetts, on Friday, June 7, the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, beginning at 7:00 PM. Completed in 1904, the Romanesque church (with Byzantine touches) stands at the corner of South Main and Middle Streets. Saint Anne's was a Dominican parish and priory until 1978; thus the large statues that line the interior along the church's nave depict a communion of saints who are especially revered by French Canadians or played an important role in the history of the Dominican Order. Brother (now Saint) André Bessette of Montreal occasionally attended Mass here when he was in town visiting relatives and benefactors. A large ambulatory with five projecting chapels encircles the sanctuary. The magnificent Casavant organ, installed in 1963, greatly enhances the grandeur of the sacred liturgy.

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