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Forty Hours Devotion in New York City

The Church of the Holy Innocents in New York City will celebrate the restoration of its "Mural of the Crucifixion" with two Solemn High Masses and a pontifical High Mass.  These traditional Latin Masses will be part of a Forty Hours Devotion at the parish, with Constantino Brumidi's 142 year old mural for all to see.

* On Friday, 1 February, at 6 p.m., there will be a Solemn High Mass.  This will be a Votive Mass of the Blessed Sacrament with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Procession.  It will be followed by an all-night vigil.

* On Saturday, 2 February, at 1 p.m., there will be a Solemn High Mass.  This will be on the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary (aka Candlemas).  There will be a blessing of candles and procession.  Later, there will be an all-night vigil.

* On Sunday, 3 February, at 10 a.m., there will be a Pontifical High Mass: Coram Sanctissimo.  The Mass will be offered by the Most Reverend James C. Timlin, bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Scranton. The propers will be the Feast of the Dedication of a Church, which is the first Sunday in February at this parish. There will be a procession of the Blessed Sacrament and reposition.  Clergy from the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, including Fathers Gregory Pendergraft, FSSP, and Benoit Guichard, FSSP, will be among the sacred ministers.

The last Forty Hours Devotion at this church was in December 1928.  According to one expert, this may be the first Pontifical Mass Coram Sanctissimo anywhere in the world since the Second Vatican Council. (Mass Coram Sanctissimo, which is Mass with the Blessed Sacrament exposed, was severely restricted under Pius XII, but remains permitted at the Mass of the third day of a Forty Hours Devotion.)

The Church of the Holy Innocents is at 128 West 37th Street, between Broadway and 7th Avenue in Manhattan.


  1. Manuel12:22 AM I don't know how else to get this news to Rorate! What a great TLM community in my home town, Tampa Fl!

  2. John S. Longo6:32 AM

    Thank you for providing this information, Manuel! I am very happy for the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida.

  3. Gratias8:11 AM

    Church of the Holy Innocents and it altarpiece look beautiful. It would be interesting to learn whether the EF mass is offered there regularly. This is going to be a great feast. Enjoy. OTOH the expulsion of the EF mass from San Juan Buenaventura Mission in California is taking place. We still do not know where we will find a new Parish that will take us in. While some communities can grow, there is still great resistance to the traditional mass out there. Our stable group of faithful had the Mass at the mission every Sunday for 15 years. Still, a new pastor comes in and poof, you are expelled.

  4. Gratias8:36 AM

    Thank you Manuel for the pro-Tridentine video. I learned one important thing: that in parishes without altar rails the problem can be fixed by reserving the first pew for communion when there are kneelers. Seemed to work just fine. A couple of prie-Dieu will also serve.

    I agree fully with the message that most parishes should have a traditional Latin Mass available. Hopefully many Diocesan priests will learn the EF Mass in is way. Brick by brick, but we have a very long way to go, baby. The non-acceptance of the Holy Father's olive branch extended to the SSPX has been a great opportunity wasted for Tradition.

  5. Anthony12:19 PM


    The Church of the Holy Innocents has the TLM every day:

    Sundays at 10:00 am, Weekdays at 6:00 pm, and Saturdays at 1:00 pm.

    In Christ,


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