Sunday, January 31, 2010





Septuagesima Sunday: Sung Mass at Mater Ecclesiæ
A benefit of being snowed in briefly this weekend in southern New Jersey. Another chant Mass with a big gathered congregation that’s a good mix (which these photos didn’t capture): conservative Roman Catholic stalwarts such as the old fighters like you see here with the pastor/father rector (wearing the sign of his office, the mozetta/shoulder cape) and young couples with lots of kids, Asians such as most of the choir (Vietnamese? Filipinos? Both?) and a YF or two (I spotted a watch chain). Not a re-enactment but a natural continuation of the ’50s: much parish practice from the time but with the voluntary nature of the congregation in a charming small building and the ideals of the liturgical movement.

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