Saint Mary, Mother of God, Church in Washington, D.C. has scheduled its fifth annual Votive Mass of Blessed Karl of Austria.
Blessed Karl, the last ruler of Austria-Hungary, was a model of holiness in his public, family and spiritual life. He was beatified on October 3, 2004. Because his feast day, October 21, falls on a Sunday this year, the Mass will take place during the octave on Saturday, October 27, at 10:00 a.m.
The Solemn High Mass will be celebrated by Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth, with Fr. Gregory Pendergraft and Fr. Rhone Lillard of the FSSP as Deacon and Subdeacon. At the end of Mass there will be an opportunity to venerate the relic of Blessed Karl.
At the reception following the Mass, history professor Dr. Paul Van Wie will share a representative sampling from his vast archive of documents and artifacts about Blessed Karl and his empire.
Saint Mary’s is now honored to house a first-class relic of Blessed Karl in a new shrine dedicated on September 2nd, when HIRH Archduke Imre of Austria presented the relic to Fr. Harris, pastor of St. Mary’s. St. Mary, Mother of God, Church is located at 727 5th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., 20001, which is the corner of 5th and H Streets, N.W.