In case there was any doubt that the Catholic Reformation is proceeding apace in South Florida, look no further than the fact that, less than a year-and-a-half after his installation to the See of Miami, Archbishop Thomas Wenski has announced that he will be celebrating a Pontifical High Mass at Miami’s Church of the Epiphany (7:30pm) on 2 February 2012, Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple.
This event is remarkable for two reasons: a) This will be the first time in over 40 years that a bishop has celebrated a Pontifical High Mass, according to the Missal of 1962, in the State of Florida. b) As a sign of Archbishop Wenski’s efforts to engage and dialogue with the secular world – including academia — the Mass is capstoning a symposium jointly sponsored by both Nova Southeastern University and Church Music Association of America.
In a beautiful illustration of the historically fruitful relationship between scholarship, the arts, and the Catholic liturgy, the symposium is titled “Gregorian Chant and Modern Composition for the Catholic Liturgy: Charles Tournemire’s ‘L’Orgue Mystique’ as Guide ”, and the Mass concluding it will feature the French composer and organist’s compositions for the Feast of the Presentation.
I urge all my readers (from Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe Counties; from throughout Florida; and all throughout the country) to do their best to patronize this event and attend this liturgy, and to be generous with their financial treasure should a collection be taken at this Mass. Our presence and our contributions will be a way we “vote with our feet ” and show our appreciation to His Grace for his attention to liturgical reform, and assure him of our moral and spiritual support (especially in prayer).
For more information about the Symposium, see here. To signal your intention to attend the Mass, please register your presence at the official Facebook page for the event, here. Finally, I urge all Catholics (and sympathetic non-Catholics), especially those living in South FL, to write Archbishop Wenski and thank him personally, and assure him of your prayers. He may be reached at:
The Most Rev. Thomas Wenski, Archbishop of Miami9401 Biscayne Boulevard,Miami Shores, FL 33138
Upcoming event: Abp. Thomas Wenski to offer Pontifical Mass
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