Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Annual Mass of the Catholic Artists Society

The Catholic Artists Society have recently published some highlights from their annual Mass which took place at the Church of Our Saviour in New York City.

The Mass was offered in accordance with the modern Roman liturgical books (aka the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite) by Fr. Joseph Koterski, SJ.

Drawing from the readings of the day (Numbers 11:25-29; James 5:1-6 and Mark 9: 38-43, 47-48), Father Koterski's homily focused on the question of the artist's striving for personal holiness as both the end of and a compliment to his creative work. Repeating Christ's words in the day's gospel, "Whoever is not against us is for us", Father Koterski went on to speak about the importance of friendship and spiritual conversation as means by which the faithful may help others towards reconciliation with Christ and His Church. He pointed out that spiritual conversation is especially strong and necessary among artists. He related the fascinating story of Pope John XXIII's unlikely friendship with the Italian sculptor, Giacomo Montzù, encouraging artists to engage those with whom they work, and to avail themselves of the means by which they may attain personal holiness - especially the Eucharist - so that, refreshed and sanctified, they may aid in the reconciliation and conversion of others.

The Catholic Artists Society have made some audio clips available of the full text of the homily, as well as some of the sacred music from the liturgy.

Photos: Joel Pidel

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