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Richard J. Clark is the Director of Music of the Archdiocese of Boston and the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. He is also Chapel Organist (Saint Mary’s Chapel) at Boston College. His compositions have been performed worldwide.
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Pope Gelasius in his 9th Letter to the Bishops of Lucania condemned the evil practice which had been introduced of women serving the priest at the celebration of Mass. Since this abuse had spread to the Greeks, Innocent IV strictly forbade it in his letter to the Bishop of Tusculum: “Women should not dare to serve at the altar; they should be altogether refused this ministry.” We too have forbidden this practice in the same words in Our oft-repeated constitution “Etsi Pastoralis” (§6, #21)
— Pope Benedict XIV • Encyclical “Allatae Sunt” (26 July 1755)

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PREVIEW - Mass in Honor of Pope Saint John Paul II
published 25 April 2014 by Richard J. Clark

VER SINCE MY WIFE was expecting our third child, I began composing this mass setting in thanksgiving to God for my son, Sean Paul.

• Full score and recordings will be made available for download this Sunday, April 27th.

• It is published with the approval for liturgical use by the Committee on Divine Worship, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

SNEAK PREVIEW — listen to the Gloria!

Look for the full score and more recordings on Sunday!