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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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It should be borne in mind that there is no preference expressed in the liturgical legislation for either “versus populum” or “ad orientem.” Since both positions enjoy the favor of law, the legislation may not be invoked to say that one position or the other accords more closely with the mind of the Church.
— Congregation for Divine Worship (Vatican City), 10 April 2000

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.