Monday, October 29, 2007

Solemn High Requiem Mass in New York City, November 2

Through the Tridentine grapevine, I am told that there will be a Requiem Mass (Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite) for All Souls' Day at the Church of Saint Vincent de Paul, located on 23rd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, Manhattan. The date is All Souls Day, Friday, November 2, at 6:30 p.m.

The Mass is in lieu of the regularly scheduled monthly Tridentine Mass in honor of the Sacred Heart that usually occurs on First Fridays at St. Vincent's. As the parish has been repeatedly threatened with closure in the past year (it was supposed to be downgraded to a "chapel," whatever that means, but it is still functioning), such opportunities to pray within its walls may become impossible very soon now. It is a really remarkable mid-19th century church with an interior in an American version of the French neo-Grec style, complete with rich wall-paintings equal parts Pompeian and Romanesque, and thus both beautiful and quite a curiosity in its own right.

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