Thursday, September 02, 2021

Durandus Institute Sponsoring Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham in NYC, Friday, Sept. 24

On Friday, September 24th, the Durandus Institute for Sacred Liturgy and Music will host a solemn high Mass according to “Divine Worship”, the missal used by the Personal Ordinariates, at St Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in New York City. The Mass will feature the Collegium Regale by Herbert Howells and other works of the English cathedral tradition, sung by the schola cantorum of St Vincent. The church is located at 869 Lexington Ave; the Mass will begin at 7pm. For more information and to RSVP, see the Durandus Institute’s website, and the Facebook event page.

This Mass will celebrate the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of “Our Lady of Walsingham”, one of the major devotions of the Catholic Church in England before the Reformation. This devotion began from an apparition to Richeldis de Faverches in 1061, who built a “Holy House” in the village of Walsingham, which eventually grew to be a major pilgrimage site renowned throughout medieval Christendom. This shrine was destroyed in 1538, but devotion to Our Lady of Walsingham saw a resurgence in the early 20th century among both Catholics and High-Church Anglicans. The Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter’s cathedral church in Houston, Texas is dedicated to the Virgin under this title.

The Divine Worship Missal is a form of Mass fully authorized by Rome, which brings the best of the Anglican tradition of worship in the English language from the Book of Common Prayer, as well as the Anglo-Catholic ceremonial tradition of the English Missal, into the full communion of the Catholic Church. For more information on the Personal Ordinariates, please visit the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter’s website at:

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