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Events: Solemn High Mass in Miami, FL - Assumption of the BVM

A reader sends us the following:


This August 15th the first celebration in years of Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite will take place at historic Gesu Catholic Church in downtown Miami-- the city's oldest, and possibly most beautiful church.

A solemn high Mass for the feast of the Assumption will be celebrated by Fr. Christian Saenz, SJ. 

Rev. Dr. Edward Schaefer will serve as deacon, and Fr. Joseph Fishwick, who celebrates the every-Sunday missa cantata at Saints Francis and Clare mission (http://www.latinmassmiami.org), will serve as subdeacon.

For many Catholics in Miami, this Mass will be a beautiful introduction to the Traditional Latin Mass and Gregorian chant!

8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Celebrant: Fr. Christian Saenz, S.J.
Gesu church, downtown Miami
118 NE 2nd Street

All are cordially welcome to attend.

10 comments:

Ted Maysfield said...

Rev. Dr. Edward Schaefer is a musical genius who helped pioneer a Gregorian Novus Ordo Mass of great solemnity and dignity in the diocese of Spokane, Washington, on the campus of Gonzaga University. It was offered Sunday evenings in the Jesuit’s own chapel with seating for about 70, and open to students and the public. Four or five priests, mostly Jesuits but a few others, rotated as celebrants. The Mass was boycotted by the Sunday bulletin of the parent campus parish (St. Aloysius), and by the weekly campus ministry listings. As a result it was stuck in enforced obscurity for years. Dr. Schaefer finally left for greener Florida pastures.

Andrew W said...

What a fitting environment. The Gesu is such a beautiful gem in Miami whose sanctuary seems to have remained intact, though somewhat replaced by an alter outside the main sanctuary.

I wonder, will this be occurring at the original high altar?

I wish I could attend.

Andrew W said...

What a fitting environment. The Gesu is such a beautiful gem in Miami whose sanctuary seems to have remained intact, though somewhat replaced by an altar outside the main sanctuary.

I wonder, will this be occurring at the original high altar?

I wish I could attend.

Andrew W said...

Pictures of the Gesu can be found here:

http://catholicchampion.blogspot.com/2011/10/gesu-church-miami-florida.html

Moderators: Forgive the prior redundant post. I forgot about the moderation and double-tapped. Please delete one of them.

JD said...

Yes, the Mass will be at the high altar.

Rafael Cresci said...

When I am in Miami for business purposes (almost half of the year for the past 4 years) that is my parish. In the beginning it was totally coincidential, then later an option.

No words to describe how beautiful would be Mass in the Extraordinary Form there, as even the Ordinary Form is extremely respectful, sober and sollemn there.

I've always caught Father starting the Gloria or Credo in vernacular and following it in Latin, sotto voce, and that always gave a smile in the face and the impression I was at the exact right place. The Kyrie and Sanctus are usually sung in Latin also.

In fact I have daydreamed about a mass in the High Altar there a couple of times while inside there, waiting for Mass to begin.

Kudos to Fr. Alvarez SJ for allowing that to happen in his parish. It is a blessing.

Peterman said...

"In fact I have daydreamed about a mass in the High Altar there a couple of times while inside there, waiting for Mass to begin."

Glad to read I'm not the only one who does this. We've got two beautiful Churches near me that have remained virtually intact from the 1970's vandals. There hasn't been a TLM in decades of course but I daydream.

Oh and this morning I was treated to "I am the bread of Life" at the 11am mass. Oh joy.

Gratias said...

Each Solemn Mass, High Mass or Low Mass makes the angels in Heaven happy.

Joe in Miami said...

I am inexpressively pleased to say that Fr. Ed Alvarez, SJ was my spiritual director in high school and now Fr. Christian Saenz, SJ will be my eldest son's this coming year.

Both are wonderful, holy men and a beacon of hope for those of us who daily sweat out the future of the Society of Jesus in prayer.

Rafael is right, even the OF is a delight: Kyrie in Greek; Sanctus, Agnus Dei & Pater Noster in Latin, etc.

It is my intention to attend and I pray I may be able to report back.

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