Rorate Caeli

Event: 13th Annual Assumption Mass, New Jersey

Fr. Robert C Pasley Rector of Mater Ecclesiae Roman Catholic Church, Berlin, NJ invites all to Mater Ecclesiae's 13th Annual Assumption Mass. The Mass will take place on Thursday, August 15, at 7:00PM, at St Peter's Church, 43 W. Maple Avenue, Merchantville, NJ 08109.

This Mass was begun thirteen years ago to thank and honor Our Lady for the establishment of Mater Ecclesiae. We also wanted to feature some of the greatest works of orchestral/choral music ever written for the Sacred Liturgy. The setting of the Ordinary of the Mass is "Mass #1in B-flat" by Johan Nepomuk Hummel. Other works include the motets "Venite Populi" by Mozart, “Ave Virgo Gloriosa” by Frescobaldi, “Assumpta est Maria” by Rathberger, and the “Concerto for two trumpets” along with the “Concerto for two oboes in D minor” by Vivaldi.


Anonymous said...

What a beautiful church! How awesome a Tridentine Mass would be being held there. Too bad there's that obtrusion table in front of the High Altar. That's like having a flower pot middle of a walkway. As much as you like your flower pot, it's still in the way. IMO.

Anyone who can get out there, go. Pack the place, show it's a treasured and pastoral event!


Anonymous said...

Forgot to add that at least that secondary altar is about the only alteration (will in this case, it can be said addition rather) to the church. From the looks of it, the place is pretty much intact and well maintained. That's awesome.

God bless that parish and her pastor.


Gratias said...

Traditional Latin Mass, yes?

Anonymous said...

Gratias, yes, it's going to a Traditional Latin (Tridentine) Mass. So cool.


fxr2 said...

This beautiful church does not apear to be St. Peter's in Merchantville, NJ.


fxr2 said...

If this does make it to the Web Please attend this Glorious Mass if you are able. It is a beautiful expression of our Faith, and it should be supported by all Catholics.


New Catholic said...

No, it is not. It is the image that was sent with the invitation.

Dan Hunter said...


Quick question: Are two altars of Sacrifice allowed one in front of another in the main area of the sanctuary?

mortimer zilch said...

It used to be that Mozart was not permitted to be played at Mass because it might/could/would distract from the Mass itself. Surely that can't be true anymore, could it?

Father Robert C Pasley said...

The church is St. Peter's in Philadelphia. St John Neumann is buried in the crypt of this magnificent building. Mater Ecclesiae celebrated our 10th anniversary Assumtion Mass here
in pilgrimage to his shrine.
This year's Tridentine Solemn Mass will be at St Peter's in Merchantville, NJ. It is likewise
a very beautiful church.
The deacon of the Mass will be our parishioner, Rev. Mr. Joseph Heffernan, FSSP,and the sub deacon will be Fathere James King, Diocese of Camden. Fr George Seiter, Diocese of Camden, will preach the sermon.

Kenneth J. Wolfe said...

There are some photos of the Merchantville church here, from when the TLM was restored to the parish:

For those within a reasonable drive, the Solemn High Mass on the Assumption is well worth the trip. I have attended several of these back when they were at the cathedral in Camden and have great memories of the beauty and splendor of these orchestral Masses (which are not everyone's cup of music, but have their place, especially for a feast like this). This annual Missa Solemnis is also a great example of how to incorporate the local diocese into a traditional Latin Mass, from priests to seminarians to Knights to the curious.

Maria K. said...

We're really looking forward on being there!

Danielle Royalegacy said...

Would love to go. Fr. Pasley married our daughter last month at Mater Ecclesiae last month. We Californians were very impressed with him.

John R said...

Except for one year, my family has been going to this Mass since 2004. We are very thankful that the venue has changed to accomodate parking and ample seating capacity compared to the old days in Camden.

Mater Ecclesiae was the first exclusively TLM parish in the US erected by a diocese, and the Liturgy is celebrated to its maximum extent whenever possible. While the orchestral Mass has its place as noted above, it is not the norm nor should it be. At Mater, most Sundays feature a variety of Gregorian Ordinaries, to which not a few sing (St. Pius X and Dom Guaranger would be happy - the true liturgical renewal) and with the Propers always sung in full, and this includes during the summer months. It's for this reason we relocated to NJ seven years ago to be members of this parish.