Friday, November 29, 2013

Solemn Requiem Mass at the Church of St Agnes, NYC

Here are some photos and link, here, through to audio of the full sung Requiem Mass at the Church of St Agnes in New York City. It took place on November 6th (so its a little late, but it has only recently come to my notice). There is even audio of the homily on Purgatory and the Communion of the Saints. This is another even sponsored by the Catholic Artists' Society who co-sponsored with the New York Purgatorial Society and the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny. Names of deceased family members and artist friends were placed at the catafalque, where the Absolution took place after Mass, according to the ritual of the traditional Catholic Mass for the Dead (Missa pro defunctis). The music was Mozart sung by the Schola Cantorum of St Agnes and the Wednesday evening Mass attracting enough to fill the church to standing room. This is another instance of the CAS emphasising the importance of the liturgy in artistic and cultural renewal, whether it is a grand Solemn Mass, such as this; or Compline which is offered in a simple form with the intention that the congregation can take home what they have learnt and make it part of the prayer of their domestic Church.

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