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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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When you consider that the greatest hymns ever written—the plainchant hymns—are pushing the age of eight hundred and that the noble chorale hymn tunes of Bach date from the early eighteenth century, then what is the significance of the word “old” applied to “Mother at Thy Feet Is Kneeling”? Most of the old St. Basil hymns date from the Victorian era, particularly the 1870s and 1880s.
— Paul Hume (1956)

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Assumption Mass
published 3 August 2015 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 annual Assumption Mass is offered 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 second year that the Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul in Philadelphia.

The celebrant of the 15th annual Assumption Mass will be the Rev. Robert C. Pasley. In addition to his primary duties as Rector of Mater Ecclesiae Chapel, Fr. Pasley also serves as Chaplain to the Church Music Association of America (CMAA).

Each year, the Assumption Mass features terrific orchestral and choral music. The Ars Laudis Festival Chorus, conducted by Dr. Timothy McDonnell, will provide the sacred music for this year’s celebration.

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, Philadelphia). All are welcome.