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You report: Day of tradition in the Washington, D.C. area

Rorate already announced traditional Latin vespers and Benediction with two Diocese of Arlington priests and an all-male choir this coming Laetare Sunday here. Earlier that day, 15 minutes north, there will be a traditional Latin Missa Cantata offered by Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth (the outstanding English priest designated by Pope Benedict XVI as executive director of ICEL). Monsignor Wadsworth's old choir -- the Byron Consort of Harrow School -- will sing. The Mass will be at the regular Sunday time of 9 a.m. at Saint Mary, Mother of God church at 5th and H streets, NW, in Washington, D.C., with coffee/doughnuts to follow in the parish hall. Rarely do Americans get to hear boys choirs anymore, and even more rarely do we get to hear a boys choir singing polyphony at a traditional Latin Mass -- something to certainly please Pope Saint Pius X.

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  1. Wonderful to hear!
    Do you know if the Paulus Institute has gotten permission for a priest to offer the TLM somewhere else?

  2. Anonymous12:30 AM

    I don't believe they have attempted to do anything besides the pontifical Mass. So, there will be nothing from them this year.

  3. They are a one shot per year group?

  4. Anonymous11:18 AM

    The Paulus Institute has done one Mass so far. Nothing else to date.

  5. The Harrow Boys Choir performed a wonderful Lenten programme last Wednesday in a concert at the beautiful church of the Transfiguration, in Kensal Rise, London. The parish priest, Fr Sean Thornton, is a friend of Msgr Wadsworth.


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