WAS INFORMED THAT a Solemn Pontifical Mass will be offered in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception this coming Saturday, April 28, at 1pm.
The Most Reverend Alexander K. Sample, Archbishop of Portland, Oregon, will be celebrating the Mass in the Extraordinary Form; and he will be assisted by famous clergy from the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. The Mass is being celebrated in honor of the 10th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum.
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If you are living near Washington DC, this is something you do not want to miss! The music—including Victoria’s Missa Salve Regina and other Renaissance motets—will be provided by the Basilica Choir; and the Propers will be sung by the schola of St. Mary Mother of God Parish at the nearby Chinatown.
The Mass will be broadcast by EWTN.
AM ALSO AWARE OF another Solemn High Mass that happened about two weeks ago on Low Sunday (Sunday within the Octave of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday). The Mass was held at the National Shrine of St. Alphonsus of Liguori in Baltimore, MD, which was recently entrusted to the Fraternity. The historic Shrine was founded in 1845 and exists within the Diocese of Baltimore, the oldest Catholic Diocese in the United States.
Pictures of the Mass can be found on An American Photographer. The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Joel Kiefer, FSSP, the pastor of the Shrine. Fr. Kiefer was the associate pastor at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Atlanta, GA, prior his current assignment. I had the privilege to meet him when I was the director of music at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Conyers, GA. I would sing with the schola at St. Francis de Sales occasionally on special feast days during weekdays.