Fr. Robert C Pasley, KCHS, Rector of Mater Ecclesiae Roman Catholic Church, Berlin, NJ invites all to Mater Ecclesiae's 13th Annual Assumption Mass. The Mass will take place on Thursday, August 15, at 7:00PM, at St Peter's Church, 43 W. Maple Avenue, Merchantville, NJ 08109.
This Mass was begun thirteen years ago to thank and honor our Lady for the establishment of Mater Ecclesiae. We also wanted to feature some of the greatest works of orchestral/choral music ever written for the Sacred Liturgy. The setting of the Ordinary of the Mass is "Mass #1in B-flat" by Johan Nepomuk Hummel. Other works include the motets "Venite Populi" by Mozart, “Ave Virgo Gloriosa” by Frescobaldi, “Assumpta est Maria” by Rathberger, and the “Concerto for two trumpets” along with the “Concerto for two oboes in D minor” by Vivaldi.
Some Masses that have been sung in the past are: 2001 - “Missa in Angustiis (Lord Nelson Mass)” by F.J. Haydn, 2002 – “Messe Solonelle” by L. Vierne, 2003 - the “Missa Brevis in C (Orgelsolo-messe” by Mozart, 2005 – “Missa Assumpta est Maria in Caelum” by Palestrina, 2006 – “Missa Dolorosa” by Caldara, 2007 – “Mass in B Flat” by F. Schubert, 2008 – “Missa della Capella (1641)” by C. Monteverdi, 2009 – “Missa Sancti Nicolai (1772)” by F.J. Haydn, 2010 – the “Missa Brevis” by Carl H Biber, 2011 – “Missa Papa Marcelli” by Palestrina, and in 2012 – the “Mass in E Minor” by A Bruckner.
We hope you can attend, but if not, spread the word. Thanks to our many donors and patrons, the Assumption Mass has become one of the most grand, if not the grandest, celebration of Our Lady's Assumption in the country.