Thursday, May 05, 2016

EF Solemn Mass for Pentecost in Jersey City, with Music of Mozart

Solemn High Mass of Pentecost to Mark Ordination Anniversary of the Rev. John Perricone
Pentecost is always kept with special fervor by the Latin Mass community in Jersey City, New Jersey, since it was the feast on which the old rite was resurrected in 2003. This year the Mass will be moved from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm to permit it to be offered with particular care, in order to also mark the 40th anniversary of the ordination of the Rev. John Perricone.

Fr. Perricone regularly celebrates Holy Mass for this Latin Mass Community which is now part of the parish of St. Anthony of Padua and also teaches his famous Aquinas course for the parish. He is a professor of philosophy at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, has spent his entire priesthood fighting for the integrity of the Faith and has been in the vanguard liturgical restoration. He also organized that watershed event when Cardinal Stickler presided at a Pontifical High Mass in the Extraordinary form at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, about which a stunned New York Times wrote, on page one the very next day, that the crowd spilling out of the church onto 5th Avenue. (

The resident choir at St. Anthony’s, Cantantes In Cordibus, will sing Mozart’s Missa Solemnis (KV 337) with orchestra under the direction of Simone Ferrarasi. The Propers will be sung by the Men’s Schola under the direction of Joseph Orchard, PhD. Motets will include Franck’s Dextera Domini, Biebl’s Ave Maria, and Desmet’s Ecce Sacerdos. (Click poster to enlarge.)

A dinner will be held afterward in honor of Fr. Perricone; tickets can be obtained from Mr Dan Marengo. (

St Anthony of Padua, Jersey City, is a landmark historic edifice in the Victorian Gothic, located at 457 Monmouth Street. There is off street parking on 6th Street between Coles St. and Monmouth; the church is walking distance from the Grove Street PATH station.

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