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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 main place should be given, all things being equal, to gregorian chant, as being proper to the roman Liturgy. Other kinds of sacred music, in particular polyphony, are in no way excluded, provided that they correspond to the spirit of the liturgical action and that they foster the participation of all the faithful.”
— 2011 GIRM, §41 (Roman Missal, 3rd Edition)

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.