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“One would be straying from the straight path were he to wish the altar restored to its primitive table form; were he to want black excluded as a color for the liturgical vestments; were he to forbid the use of sacred images and statues in Churches; were he to order the crucifix so designed that the divine Redeemer's body shows no trace of His cruel sufferings; and lastly were he to disdain and reject polyphonic music or singing in parts, even where it conforms to regulations issued by the Holy See.”
— Ven. Pope Pius XII (20 November 1947)

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Rev. David M. Friel
published 10 January 2013 by Corpus Christi Watershed

312 David Friel ATHER DAVID M. FRIEL is a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, ordained in May 2011. He is currently in full-time graduate studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, working toward an STL in sacred liturgy. He studied philosophy & theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, where he also served as organist, cantor, and liturgical Master of Ceremonies. Upon ordination, he served for five years as Parochial Vicar at Saint Anselm Church in Northeast Philadelphia. He enjoys backpacking, running, reading, and sports of all kinds.

Father Friel studied organ under Dr. Theodore Kiefer, and he also enjoys composing music. His music has been published at CanticaNOVA Publications, and his Mass in Honor of St. John Neumann is available online through the Creative Commons.


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