Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Exciting News from South Florida: Extraordinary Form Mass with Archbishop Wenski

Musica Sacra Florida will be holding a conference entitled “Gregorian Chant and Modern Composition for the Catholic Liturgy: Charles Tournemire’s L’Orgue Mystiqueas Guide," to be held February 1-3, 2012 at NOVA Southeastern University in Fort Lauterdale, Florida and the Church of the Epiphany, Miami. More on the event can be found here. On-site registration will not be provided, so make sure to do it in advance! While we have posted about this upcoming event in the past, we have not yet passed on the exciting news that part of the conference will include a Mass in the extraordinary form of the Roman rite celebrated by His Excellency, Thomas G. Wenski, Archbishop of Miami. Musical highlights will Tournemire’s office from L’Orgue Mystique for the day (Purificatio B. Mariæ Virginis), a Missa Brevis by Zachary Wadsworth, and a specially-commissioned motet by Dr. Paul Weber. I am unsure when the last solemn pontifical mass was celebrated in Florida by a sitting ordinary; I suspect, as it was quite a long time ago, this is quite a newsworthy event, and one which bodes well for the Church in Florida.

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