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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 “Nova Organi Harmonia” demanded from each of us an unusual commitment; we have dedicated to it the best of our energies. Would it be, therefore, presumptuous on our part to be satisfied with the result and to expect its welcome reception in the musical world?
— Msgr. Jules Van Nuffel (circa 1940)

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Solemn High Mass with Faure's Requiem on All Souls' Day
published 23 October 2018 by Fr. David Friel

ESS THAN two weeks from now, the Church will observe All Souls’ Day. This annual commemoration is an opportunity to pray for all the faithful departed, invoking God’s mercy upon them. In addition to its spiritual efficacy, the Requiem Mass has also been the inspiration for innumerable works of art. Not least among these is the musical genre of the Requiem.

One of the most well-known and beloved settings of the Requiem Mass is that of Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924). Of this Mass, the composer once wrote:

“Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest.”

Fauré’s Requiem in D minor (Op. 48) even warrants its own Wikipedia page.

OR THE SECOND YEAR in a row, Fauré’s Requiem will be sung—not in concert, but within the liturgy—at an Extraordinary Form Mass held at the National Shrine of Saint John Paul II (3900 Harewood Road NE, Washington, DC 20017). The Mass will be offered Friday, November 2, 2018 at 7 PM. Whereas last year this Mass was a Missa cantata, this year it will be a Solemn High Mass. See the Facebook event page here.

The music for this Mass will adhere closely to the composer’s original instrumentation for strings, choir, and soloists. Readers who live in the greater Washington, DC area might consider marking All Souls’ Day this year at the JPII Shrine.