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Richard J. Clark has served since 1989 as Music Director and Organist at Saint Cecilia Church in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also Chapel Organist (Saint Mary’s Chapel) at Boston College. For the Archdiocese of Boston, he directed the Office of Divine Worship Saint Cecilia Schola. His compositions have been performed on four continents.
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“In all this mediaeval religious poetry there is much that we could not use now. Many of the hymns are quite bad, many are frigid compositions containing futile tricks, puns, misinterpreted quotations of Scripture, twisted concepts, whose only point is there twist. But there is an amazing amount of beautiful poetry that we could still use.”
— Rev. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

Feast of Saint John Paul II
published 22 October 2014 by Richard J. Clark

ODAY, OCTOBER 22, is the first time we celebrate the Feast of Saint John Paul II. Such feasts are usually held on the day of a saint’s death. However, Saint John Paul died on April 2nd which will from time to time will fall during Holy Week. To avoid this, the Vatican decided to celebrate his Feast Day on October 22, the Anniversary of the Mass for his inauguration as pope.

I find today’s Collect to be a fitting meditation on the centrality of Christ even on a saint’s feast day. See here how John Paul’s life and sainthood leads us to Christ:

O God, who are rich in mercy
and who willed that Saint John Paul the Second
should preside as Pope over your universal Church,
grant, we pray, that instructed by his teaching,
we may open our hearts to the saving grace of Christ,
the sole Redeemer of mankind.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity
of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

THEMASS IN HONOR OF POPE SAINT JOHN PAUL II”, using the 2010 English translation of The Roman Missal, Third Edition, is published with the approval for liturgical use by the Committee on Divine Worship, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

DOWNLOAD Complete Score (2.3 MG):
PDF • Mass in Honor of Pope Saint John Paul II (for SATB, Schola, Organ)

DOWNLOAD Unison/Organist Edition:
PDF • Mass in Honor of Pope Saint John Paul II (for Schola, Organ)

Recordings by the St. Cecilia Choir, Boston, MA, with the 1999 Smith & Gilbert Organ:

      YouTube:  Penitential Act C | Kyrie [video]
      YouTube:  Gloria [video]
      YouTube:  Sanctus [video]
      YouTube:  Memorial Acclamation A [video]
      YouTube:  Memorial Acclamation B [video]
      YouTube:  Memorial Acclamation C [video]
      YouTube:  Doxology, Amen [video]
      YouTube:  Agnus Dei [video]

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