Friday, December 10, 2010

Ad Orientem, et cetera, at Boston College

This past December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the St. Thomas More Society at Boston College held a Mass in the Ordinary Form in St. Mary's Chapel.

A few points about the liturgy. The Mass was offered ad orientem and substantially -- it is reported -- in Latin; the readings and prayers of the faithful being done in the vernacular. Additionally, the Propers of the Mass were also used for this Mass, being chanted -- along with the Ordinary of the Mass -- by a schola composed of seminarians and one professor of St. John's Seminary, Brighton, Ma.

Fr. Gary Gurtler, S.J. of the Jesuit community of Boston College was the celebrant and Rev. Mr. Aaron Pidel, S.J. of the Faber Jesuit Community served as deacon.

The altar servers were men from the St. Thomas More Society and Sons of St. Patrick at Boston College.

From all reports, there was a good turnout, primarily students, and a very good response to the liturgy.

Here are a couple of images from the Mass.

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