For the closing of their annual Forty Hours Devotion, the people of St. John Cantius parish in Chicago were graced with the presence of Her Imperial and Royal Highness, Maria Anna, Princess of Galitzine, granddaughter of Blessed Karl of Austria, and her husband Prince Piotr D. Galitzine along with members of the Royal Family. The Royal Family was in assistance at the 12:30 Solemn High Mass which was celebrated by parish pastor Rev. C. Frank Phillips C.R. The Mass was that of the feast of St. John Cantius (October 20). Franz Schubert’s Mass in G was sung by the Resurrection Choir and Orchestra and propers were chanted by the Schola Cantorum of St. Gregory the Great. Relics of St. John Cantius and of Blessed Karl were exposed for public veneration on the church’s Lady Altar. Vespers at 4:00 were the First Vespers of the Solemnity of St. John Cantius, Confessor and included a procession. Mozart's Vesperae de Confessore was sung by the Sine Nomine Choir and Orchestra. The great care with which the traditional liturgy and sacred music were treated is a hallmark of the priests and people St. John Cantius and was a befitting tribute to their Royal visitors who came to pay homage to their beatified predecessor whose feast day is October 21.
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