Friday, October 03, 2014

Upcoming Events : 40 Hours in New York, A Suspicious Concert in Philadelphia, Requiem in Latrobe

The weekend of October 17-19 will be busy with interesting events. In New York City, the Dominican Church of St Catherine of Siena will hold a Forty-Hours Devotion. The preacher this year is Fr. Gabriel O’Donnell, O.P., who in addition to being a renowned preacher and spiritual director, is the postulator of the causes for canonization of Mother Mary Alphonsus (Rose Hawthorne) and the Venerable Fr. Michael J. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus. The weekend’s devotions will include ample time for Eucharistic Adoration, Masses, Confessions, and the music of St. Catherine’s professional choir, Schola Dominicana. Full details are available in the flyer below.

On Friday October 17th, at 8 p.m., the Suspicious Cheese Lords will offer a special concert at the Cathedral Basilica of Ss Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. The Cheese Lords (see explanation here and here) are a sacred music ensemble specializing in the works of lesser-known composers; the concert is described as follows on their website:

The Suspicious Cheese Lords present a program of unaccompanied Renaissance works, focusing on an exquisite but little-known repertoire, such as an anonymous setting of the Salve Regina from a 17th-century Guatemalan choirbook. The bulk of their program will consist of “FrankenMass,” a complete Mass setting which they’ve crafted from five different bodies (of work), and sutured together with the threads of their parodied melodies. Come hear the Cheese Lords dig up a war song, a love song, a Gregorian chant, and a polyphonic motet from the Renaissance and reanimate them into…FrankenMass!

On Saturday, October 18, at 10:30 a.m., St Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe Pennsylvania will celebrate a Requiem High Mass for Br. Nathan Cochran, O.S.B., who passed away on July 30, 2014. Br. Nathan was a monk of the Archabbey, where he taught art and music at the college, and served as curator and director for over 20 years at The Saint Vincent Gallery. He is most known for his works as the Canadian and U.S.A. Delegate for the Kaiser-Karl-Gebetsliga für den Völkerfreiden, (Emperor Karl League of Prayers for Peace Among the Nations). He worked at Vatican City as the special secretary for the Beatification of Emperor Karl I of Austria. He received the Signum Memoriae Civilian Medal of Honor from H.I.R.H. Otto von Habsburg, Archduke and Crown Prince of Austria and King of Hungary; it was the first time the medal had been bestowed since 1898, and was presented in honor of Archduke Otto’s 95th birthday. Full details are available in the flyer below.

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