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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 a doctorate in liturgical theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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“The replies to this committee (of which Mgr Bugnini was the secretary) reveal a desire to reform the liturgy. In what sense? Out of 2,109 responses from bishops, just three expressed the desire to restore Communion under both kinds. There was a sizable demand for limited use of the vernacular, but only one French bishop wanted the entire Mass in French.”
— Fr. Dominic Allain (2019)

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Flash Mob • Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria”
published 26 March 2019 by Fr. David Friel

HENEVER it falls during Lent, the solemnity of the Annunciation serves as a nice respite from the season’s austerities. This year, the day was celebrated in a special way at The Catholic University of America, where I am pleased to be in studies.

During the busy lunch hour, one of the cafeteria spaces in the student center was taken over by a “Marian Flash Mob” singing the well-known Ave Maria of Franz Biebl (1906-2001). This piece—scored for SATB chorus and ATB trio—would seem to me particularly tricky to pull off in such a fashion. Nevertheless, the video evidence shows that the “mob” singers managed quite well.

A recording of the flash mob has been uploaded to YouTube:

This celebration of the Annunciation was sponsored by a DC chapter of the Militia Immaculatae. Singers included students from CUA and seminarians from St. John Paul II Seminary, Theological College, and the Marian Scholasticate.