Friday, October 31, 2014

All Souls Requiem at Holy Innocents NYC

On November 3rd, 2014, the Church of the Holy Innocents in midtown Manhattan (NYC) will be observing the Commemoration of All Souls' Day with a traditional Solemn Requiem Mass at 6pm. The Choir will sing the Missa pro defunctis for five voices by Cristobal Morales. Fr. Carlos Viego will be the Celebrant of the Mass. Tapers will be distributed to be lit and held at the Gospel, during the Canon, and for the Rite of Absolution.

During the summer I was fortunate enough to visit this church. One has an immediate and very tangible sense of devotion as one walks through the door, from the centre of busy Manhattan into the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. There were many kneeling in silent adoration during Exposition and there were hundreds of devotional candles lit in front of numerous statues of Our Lady and the Saints. I took this photo on my phone while I was there and it has been my 'wallpaper' ever since. I had heard about Holy Innocents but I hadn't realised what a special place it is, and I look forward to returning there soon.

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