Friday, October 31, 2014

“Zeal for the Liturgy” - All Saints and All Souls Events: Long Island and San Diego

The indefatigable Ben recently noted in foro privato the following quote from Sacrosanctum Concilium : “Zeal for the promotion and restoration of the liturgy is rightly held to be a sign of the providential dispositions of God in our time, as a movement of the Holy Spirit in His Church. It is today a distinguishing mark of the Church’s life, indeed of the whole tenor of contemporary religious thought and action.” (no. 43) These words were written in 1963 with an optimism that for many turned to bitter disappointment very quickly; I was raised in a very Catholic part of the United States, but one where there was almost no decent liturgical music to be heard at all. So it seems to me at least that our most recent set of posts here on NLM are a sign of something very positive happening in the Church today. We have had an unusual number of requests to publicize liturgical events for All Saints’ and All Souls’, events which will feature the music of Palestrina, Victoria, and Byrd, just to name a few. Of course, such events are still exceptional, but they are less so than they were 30 years ago, and will continue to become more common. If you have the opportunity to go to such a liturgy this weekend, remember to say a pray for those who would love to attend something like it and cannot.

Here are two notices from places with special events for both All Saints’ and All Souls’; there will be another post later today for events just on All Souls’.

Long Island, New York

Events sponsored by the St Agnes Institute and Juventutem; see poster below, and the website of the St Agnes Institute here and here.

San Diego, California

The Brothers of the Little Oratory in San Diego will be singing First Vespers of the Feast of All Saints at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Little Italy, San Diego at 7:00 pm on October 31, 2014. Fr. Joseph Tabigue, C.R.S.P. will be hebdom. and will give Benediction. On Monday November 3 at 7:00 pm, the Brothers will sing and serve a Sung Requiem (Missa Cantata) at St. Charles Catholic Church in Imperial Beach, CA. These services are conducted according to the 1962 missal. The public is welcome. Further information on the facebook event page.

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