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Ordained in 2011, Father Friel served for five years as Parochial Vicar at St. Anselm Parish in Northeast Philly. He is currently studying toward an STL in sacred liturgy at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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"The Consilium is merely an assembly of people, many of them incompetent, and others well advanced on the road to novelty. The discussions are extremely hurried. Discussions are based on impressions and the voting is chaotic. […] Many of those who have influenced the reform […] have no love, and no veneration of that which has been handed down to us. They begin by despising everything that is actually there. This negative mentality is unjust and pernicious, and unfortunately, Paul VI tends a little to this side. They have all the best intentions, but with this mentality they have only been able to demolish and not to restore."
— Contemporary account of the Consilium by Cardinal Antonelli

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Assumption Mass
published 13 August 2014 by Fr. David Friel

OR ALL THOSE in striking distance of the Delaware Valley, please make note of the open invitation to the Assumption Mass being offered this Friday evening in Philadelphia. The Assumption Mass tradition began fourteen years ago as an act of gratitude to God for the establishment of Mater Ecclesiae, the first diocesan-owned and staffed TLM parish in the United States (part of the Camden Diocese). This is the first year that the Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul in Philadelphia.

The Celebrant of the Mass, who will also deliver the sermon, is Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth. Originally a priest of the Diocese of Westminster, London, he is now the superior of the Oratorian Community of St Philip Neri, an oratory in formation in the Archdiocese of Washington. Msgr. Wadsworth has also served as Executive Director of the International Commission for English in the Liturgy (ICEL) since 2009, responsible for the English translations of Latin liturgical texts for use in the Anglophone world.

Each year, the Assumption Mass features terrific orchestral and choral music. This year, the Ordinary of the Mass will be the Missa in Angustiis, or “Lord Nelson Mass,” of Franz Joseph Haydn, sung with full orchestra. Other works will include the motets Salve Regina by Antonio Salieri, Salutatio D.N.I.C. by Ludwig Senfl, Beata Viscera Gregor Aichinger, the Adagio from Tomaso Albioni’s Concerto for 2 Oboes in G Major, the Hodie Maria Virgo by Luca Marenzio, and the Tantum Ergo by Mozart. The postlude will be Concerto for 2 trumpets in D Major by Giuseppe Maria Jacchini. The traditional hymns O Sanctissima and Hail, Holy Queen, arranged by the Music Director, Dr Timothy McDonnell, will also be sung.

This Solemn High Mass of the Assumption, celebrated in the Extraordinary Form, will begin at 7 PM at the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul (18th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway). All are welcome.